Fred Romaniuk passed into eternal sleep on Thursday, July 31, 2008 at the Gilbert Plains Personal Care Home at the age of 94 years.
Fred was born on July 19, 1914 in Ethelbert, the ninth of ten children to Wasyl and Maria (neeDemkiw) Romaniuk.
His school days at Ruskin ended abruptly when his favourite riding horse became spooked and bolted. Fred was thrown, landing onto his back resulting in neck and back injuries.
His working life began as a farm hand in Cutknife, Saskatchewan with his brother, Paul then continued with his brother Steve freighting by truck; he was later assigned to Riding Mountain Park; peddled door-to-door; skidded pulp wood in Fort Frances, Ont; prospected; and in the depths of the depression and unemployment “rode the rails”. He also travelled with the circus selling kitchenware from his kiosk.
In 1952 Fred and Hilda were married. A carpenter by trade like his father, Fred contracted to erect the Orthodox Church in Brantford and another in Montreal.
Fred and Hilda moved back to Manitoba and settled in Erickson for two years when they were beckoned to Golden where house renovations became his preoccupation. Then at age 81, a new found talent surfaced – Easter egg decorating and designing.
Fred was predeceased by two infant sisters and Tillie in 2007; six brothers John, Mike, Steve, Paul, Nick and Jim; his wife Hilda in 2005.
Left to cherish fond memories is his Daughter, Gloria of San Fransisco; Nieces, Mary Androsen of Saskatoon, Natalie (Peter) Basaraba of Saskatoon, Nadia Basaraba of Brandon, Gloria (Harvey) Winn of Orleans, Roselen Romaniuk of Airdrie; Nephews, Ernie (Larissa) Romaniuk of Winnipeg, Maurice (Eleanor) Romaniuk of Medicine Hat, Bill (Maxine) Romaniuk of Transcona, David (Delores) Romaniuk of Gilbert Plains, Ernie (Marlene) Boback of Kelowna. There are also numerous extended family members.