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Harry "Gregorius" Palchynski

November 4, 1935 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Harry Palchynski Obituary

In the early morning of Saturday, December the 30th, 2023, Harry Palchynski passed away at the St.Claude Health Centre at the age of 88 years old.

Harry was predeceased by his parents and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is survived by his sister, nephews, and several cousins.

Harry was born in Ukraine on November 4, 1935, as the son and oldest child of Doris (nee Kapelus) and John Palchynski. When he was one-and-a-half years old, his parents embarked on a ship and moved to Canada. Harry never really said much about his early years, merely that they were extremely hard for them all in many ways. The hard times did cause him to have a great work ethic and a healthy appreciation for money and goods.

Growing up, he enjoyed farming between Roseisle and St.Claude. After his father passed away, he took over the responsibilities on the farm and the care of his mother. During his farming years, he also worked at Ed's Tire in Carman for a time. People from the area knew where to find Harry for small mechanical repairs, from farm equipment to cars to watches.

After his mother died, he moved to St.Claude. Increasing health issues forced him to move into the St.Claude Health Centre in 2021.

Buying, repairing, and selling watches was one of Harry's hobbies. He also thoroughly enjoyed hunting down bargains at stores or auction sales, as well as saving and recycling all sorts of items. He himself lived extremely frugal, yet in his later years he was also generous to others. Even the nurses and other staff often could not leave his room before they had agreed to accept a candy, a chocolate, a coke, or some other treat.

Harry lived a rather private life, yet loved to visit with friends. Till the end, company always lifted his spirits. He was known to have a temper, but he also had a strong sense of justice. He had a hard time coping with being mistreated by some he considered friends. As he was getting old, he felt very sad when many of his friends passed away. Till the very last few days, Harry had a sharp mind and his memory remained in excellent shape. It was impressive to hear how he remembered events from the past and could recall minute details of his diverse conversations and projects over the years. He has passed on much practical advice and experience in the field of repairs and farming.

Heartfelt appreciation is extended to the many nurses and other staff at the St.Claude Health Centre for their patience with Harry and the excellent and dedicated care for him during the last years of his life, right until the end.

As per Harry's wishes, a private burial will take place at the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery south of St.Claude, MB.

Arrangements are entrusted to Ronald Moffit Memorial Services of Portage la Prairie, MB.

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