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Ted Hnatiuk

Ted Hnatiuk

Ted Hnatiuk
June 29, 1940 – July 19, 2018
Tedor (Ted) J. Hnatiuk, who brought laughter, wisdom, and wit into the lives of those around him, passed away peacefully at his home in Vancouver on a sunny morning in late July. Ted loved the solitude of his cabin on Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan - a place he would return to each summer and described as his sanctuary.
Ted was born in Wakaw, SK, the first son of depression-era prairie entrepreneurs and general store operators William and Helen (Balon) Hnatiuk. Ted’s childhood was spent working in his parent’s general stores – first in Bonne Madone, then St. Benedict, and later Humboldt. Ted left home in his mid-teens and went to work in the mines of northern Manitoba, Ontario, and BC. In his twenties, Ted began his journey as an entrepreneur. His entrepreneurial passions were diverse, spanning decades, industries, and places. Ted was an owner and operator of small hotels and ‘beverage room’ establishments in Saskatoon and surrounding communities, and pursued numerous other entrepreneurial ventures over the course of his life. Always seeking opportunity, Ted was prepared to take risks, work tirelessly to turn dreams into reality, and he accepted the results - good or bad – with humility. Ted was married for twenty years to Sharon Link, and together they raised their son, Steven, and retired to Kelowna, before taking separate paths in their later years. Ted leaves behind a family who loved him immeasurably - his son, Steven, daughter-in-law Chiara, and grandchildren Elizabeth (Lizzie), Maximilian (Max), Katia, and Paulina - all of Vancouver. Ted is also survived by his younger brother, Garry, of Saskatoon, two nephews Shawn and Andrew Hnatiuk, and by many extended family members on branches of the Hnatiuk, Balon, and Popiel family trees. Ted embraced the final 25 years of his life with much love, laughter, and pride for the family he was part of and able to see grow. Being “Gido” – Ukrainian for grandfather – was Ted’s greatest joy. Ted’s ever present wit, gentlemanly manner, and humble wisdom will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. A celebration of Ted’s life is being held at 10am, September 14th, 2018 at Mountain View Cemetery Celebration Hall in Vancouver. To learn more about Ted’s life, or to share your memories or photos of him, please visit http://beyondthedash.com

 
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