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George Joseph AndrushukSeptember 27, 1942 ~ June 22, 2017 (age 74)
With saddened hearts we announce the passing of George Joseph Andrushuk on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at the Victoria Hospital at the age of 74.bb
He leaves to mourn his wife Barb, his children Wade (Kathy), Donna (Garry) and step-children Lynn (Jake), Chris (Esther), John (Polly), daughter-in-law Donna, Reynald (Bernice) and Michael. Grand-children Kevin, Isabella, Matthew, Ryan, Nicole, Kurtis, Tyson, Alicia, Catherine, Caitlin, Jessie, Chad, Kendra, Cody and Dylan. As well as his first great-grand-child Oliver and his sisters Millie and Stella, sister-in-law Mary (Rick) along with many nieces and nephews and extended family members.
He was pre-deceased by his first wife Claudette, brother Phillip, step-son Kenny, sister Lena, his sister Elsie (in infancy), his parents William and Sophie, as well as brother’s-in-law Mike and Nick.
Dad grew up on the family farm in Layland and lived and worked on the farm until he married his first wife Claudette. He had multiple jobs in his life time with his last job being the maintenance/building manager at Lion’s Prairie Manor. Dad was always very particular about his yard and took great pride in it. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and music throughout his lifetime. Later in life, he had the travelling bug with his favorite trip being Hawaii where he and Barb were married.
The family would like to thank the staff at Poseidon care home and the nurses and doctors at the Victoria Hospital, specifically the emergency department and the 5th floor.
Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Omega Funeral Home, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. A private family interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to the Manitoba Kidney Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.
There’s a Handyman in Heaven
So there’s a Handyman in Heaven now,
Who built his life on dreams.
No task, no chores, no obstacles.
But loved the challenge of extremes
A caring, honest provider
That unselfishly gave his all
A heart of gold and hands of steel
That responded to the call.
A Husband, a Dad, a Grandpa too
That would help you to the end.
A reliable person of integrity
That all wanted and enjoyed as a friend
There’s a Handyman in Heaven now,
Who’s fixing Heaven’s gate,
Oiling the hinges with pride and care,
So that they will open for all who wait.
I lost my Dad when I was fifteen years old but I got a second Dad when I met George. He was in my life for thirty one years.When I met him he was a big bear of a man with a booming voice and what I learned over the years was he was more like a teddy bear. Always had an easy smile, a joke or a story to tell. He loved to tease me and I loved to dish it back at him. Now I have no one to fight over the fruitcake with! I learned a few things about him and from him, like a man who works hard and puts his own family above all else is someone I could love and respect. He took on a whole family and became the father he didn't have to be, but he did. I think he influenced and helped mold John into the man he became and for that I could never thank him enough. I know my Dads are together now, and boy the stories they are telling.
Written by Polly Duffield-George's daughter in law
45 years ago I met a man named George, my stepdad. My first impression of him was he was a tall, gruff man. He always said what he meant and meant what he said. Some of my most memorable moments of him were trying to figure out how to make vodka out of potatoes. Or going out to try his new shotgun and realizing he forgot to put the shot in the shell. Or how he lost a bet to Grandma over how his "hunky Bill's" perogy maker could out do her hand made perogies. George always liked to have family and friends over for gatherings where there was never a shortage of food. We spent a lot of hours in the garage. George was a hard working man whether it was at the mushroom farm, Campbell soup, the Manor, or at home in his garden, he was always working.He spent countless hours caring for my Mom. I expressed how thankful I was to him for taking such good care of her. He was fortunate enough to meet Barb and have another chance to have someone share his life. Even after he retired he was always doing something. He was always there to help me, and he treated me like his own son, today I say goodbye to George, my Dad.
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