On Christmas Day, surrounded by his wife and three daughters and with the resilience and fortitude that marked his life, Dr. Jaroslaw “Jerry” Workewych was reunited in Heaven with his beloved sister Iryna, dear parents Valentina and Ivan, and adored grandparents Maria and Theodor. He revelled in his role as loving father to his precious daughters Larysa, Adriana and Natalie, devoted husband to his wife Mary, and cherished son-in-law to the late Michalina Lawrin.
Born in Montreal in 1951, throughout his life he was inspired by his deep patriotism for Ukraine and his immense love of music. A talented guitarist and singer, in his youth he was a proud member of the Ukrainian band Syny Stepiv. His passion for Ukrainian music then travelled with him while he was pursuing his Masters in Physiology in Winnipeg, his Bachelor of Education in London, and his Doctor of Medicine in Toronto. He routinely enjoyed singing in Ukrainian church choirs, and treasured his time as a member of the Prut River Boys of St. Vladimir Institute for over thirty years.
A dedicated family doctor, Jerry will be remembered fondly by many patients, colleagues and friends. His love of travel was only unmatched by his passion and joy for the game of golf. Rain or shine, his favourite place to be was out on the golf course. Even when Jerry was not out on the links, his 9-iron was never too far away so he could practice his swing. He will be forever missed for his humour and heart.
The family would like to sincerely thank the many friends who came to visit and support Jerry throughout his lengthy and difficult illness. They would also like to thank the compassionate staff at Chartwell Martha’s Landing and the Ukrainian Canadian Care Centre for their exemplary care and kindness.
Family will receive friends at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette Street, Toronto on Monday, January 2, 2023 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. A Panakhyda service will take place at 7:00 pm on that day. A Divine Liturgy will be held at All Saints of Ukraine, St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas St. W, Oakville on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 11:00 am. Internment will follow at St. Volodymyr Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation, Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
January 02, 2023
Cardinal Funeral Homes - Annette Chapel
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Panakhyda at 7pm - Please Wear A Mask
January 03, 2023
All Saints of the Ukraine Chapel
Please Wear A Mask
January 03, 2023
St Volodymyr Cemetery