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Jerome Joseph 'Jerry' Wasylow
January 18, 1951 - November 14, 2016
With love and great sorrow the family of Jerome Joseph Wasylow announces his passing in Saskatoon at the age of 65 on November 14, 2016.
Jerry will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Angela, and their children Andrea (Jean-Pierre Ducasse), Simon (Julie) and Philip (Erin). Left with treasured memories are dearest grandchildren Oleksa, Gabriel, Michael-Gerard, Tristan, Joseph, Allyson, Hannah, Alton and Sophie. Jerry is survived by his sister Marion (Dr. Kailash) Prasad and their children Rajani and Sunita, sisters-in-law Mary Ann (Pete) Kociuba, Joanne (Doug Ball), Natalie (George) Mudri, brothers-in-law Morris (Emma) Holota and Andrew Holota, along with their families. He will be missed by his extended families of Gurans, Maguires, Gutiws and Shawchuks. He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Helen (Gutiw), his in-laws Rev. Deacon Morris and Olga Holota and extended family members.
Jerry was born in Eston on January 18th, 1951, and completed elementary school in Saskatoon and high school at St. Thomas College in North Battleford. He earned a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and English at the University of Saskatchewan. Jerry and Angela were married in 1972 and settled in North Battleford. There, Jerry held management and sales positions in the general insurance and real estate industries and was owner of Capricorn Property Ltd. In 1984 he became Special Assistant to the Member of Parliament and enjoyed administration and communications duties as well as being instrumental in the introduction of automated systems to the office. The family moved to Saskatoon in 1989 and Jerry completed his four-year Advanced Certificate in Computational Science, also at the University of Saskatchewan. His great talent for analysis and design ensured a successful career specializing in multi-platform relational database design and applications. He retired in 2011 from civilian service with the Saskatoon Police Service. Jerry was respected and held in high esteem by all who knew him. It is telling that an SPS co-worker made a sign with his picture with a logo of WWJWD?
Jerry lived a life of joyful and devoted service. His family always felt how important and precious they were to him and knew he would do anything for them. He was so proud of all family members and never ceased being a loving mentor, a sounding board and always gave thoughtful, sage advice. His compassionate care of his parents was exemplary. He enjoyed family time most of all - especially when it was outdoors. He taught the finer points of hiking, camping, canoeing, fishing and archery not only to his children but especially to his grandchildren. Although he and Angela enjoyed far away travels, the best trips were to Waskesiu or St. Volodymyr Park with the whole family. Extended family was always welcome for many "gatherings" at home as he felt hosting these was key to family love and unity. His designing and planning of a cabin built in the backyard for the use and delight of the grandchildren was a highlight of this past summer.
Service to his church was evident in his various executive positions throughout the years, always working toward the best for parishes and the eparchy. He was pleased to become the first Communications Director for the Eparchy of Saskatoon, a position which allowed him to use his computing skills in designing its first website, while his organizational and communications skills helped bring together parishes throughout the province. A special joy was his planning and executing the successful visit of the Patriarch of the Ukrainian Catholic church to the province. Jerry felt a duty and responsibility to be a steward of eparchial resources and worked cooperatively to improve and expand the role of St. Volodymyr Park. Starting in North Battleford as a Squire, he was recently awarded a life membership in the Knights of Columbus.
Jerry was a man of prayer and reflection. He also enjoyed guitar, reading, travel, canoeing, cross-country skiing and watching soccer. Jerry was known for his skilled and spontaneous sense of humour. His special avocation was fly-fishing. He was a lifelong learner and enthusiast of the sport and enjoyed being a member of the Kilpatrick Flyfishers.
The family thanks God for the gift of Jerome in their lives. He will be dearly missed. Vichnaya Pamiat! Eternal Memory!
We express sincere gratitude to the staffs of the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, Palliative Home Care teams, and staff at St. Paul's Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care. A special thank you to Father Leonid and Bishop Bryan for home visits and to family and friends for prayers, visits, support and help in many ways.
The Prayers will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The Divine Liturgy will be Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Both services will be at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 10th Street East and Munroe Avenue in Saskatoon, with Rev. Fr. Michael Smolinski CSsR officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in his memory to Ss. Peter and Paul Church or the Canadian Cancer Society.
To share condolences and memories, visit www.parkfuneral.ca “Obituaries”. Greg Lalach of Park Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, (306) 244-2103.