SWITENKY â€" Earl Michael
February 5, 1950 â€" September 15, 2009
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Earl Michael Switenky. Earl passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of September 15th in British Columbia. Earl was born on February 5, 1950 to Olga and Michael Switenky in Prince Albert, SK. He enjoyed his childhood in the Red Deer Hill area exploring and playing with friends and family. At an early age he showed a keen interest and talent in music and carried it throughout his life. As a preteen, before he could drive, he was entertaining and sharing his gift for music performing throughout the province. After high school he attended U of S, and obtained a degree in Education, majoring in music. Earl played in the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, The Cottonpickers and The Heidelberg Band, just to name a few. Earl married Wendy Anderson and they eventually returned with their four children to the family farm. Earl wore many hats â€" with jobs in Teaching, Agriculture, Real Estate, Sales and as an Entrepreneur. Together he and Wendy tackled and succeeded at many different business endeavours. His family shared in countless camping and boating trips at Waskesiu and Candle Lake. They also travelled throughout the U.S and Australia making precious memories. Upon relocating to British Columbia, Earl, along with experienced & well respected colleagues in environmental arenas, created a public company that shortly prior to his death was successful in developing water treatment technology & equipment that has gained notoriety throughout the world. This technology has the potential to deliver safe and reliable drinking water to any area of the globe. After spending many years on this project, he was extremely proud of their accomplishments. Earl always had a zest for life, loved to travel, laugh, tell a good story or joke and engineer new ideas. He always lit up around his grandchildren and loved them all dearly. He excelled at everything he did, his talents, positive attitude and warm personality formed the amazing person we all knew and loved. Earl will be lovingly remembered by his children Nicole (Todd) Alexander, Evan (Georgina) Switenky, Andrea (Barclay) Batiuk, and Heather (Dustin) Miller, and their mother, Wendy Switenky; his grandchildren Colton and Maddison Alexander, Stephen, Spencer and Cori Switenky, Ethan and Sydney Batiuk and Aiden and Liam Miller; his mother Olga Switenky; dear friend Cindy Shattenkirk; his brother Terry (Dawne) Switenky; his sister Verna (Don) Blocka; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. Earl was predeceased by his father Michael Switenky; his mother and father-in-law Esther and Arnold Fisher; daughter Angel Ann Switenky; his grandparents Nick and Tillie Kowalchuk and Gregory and Annie Switenki; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends. Prayer Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at St. Georgeâ€™s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 770 â€" 14th Street West, Prince Albert, SK with Reverend Father Ivan Nahachewsky officiating. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 260 â€" 25th Street East, Prince Albert, SK with Celebrant Reverend Father Matthew Nguyen. Interment will be held at Descent of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, MacDowall, SK. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Gray's Funeral Chapel, Marianne Turcotte, Funeral Director.
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