Surrounded by his family, Oryst Swyszcz passed away on July 26, 2015 at the age of 64. Loving husband to Gail and sister to Orysia (Ihor Skotar). Loving father to Nicholas (Cara), Jonathan (Karen) and Adam. Loving grandfather to Carter and Easton. May he be eternally remembered.


July 30, 2015
2:00-4:00pm & 6:00-9:00pm - Panachyda will take place at 7:00pm


July 31, 2015
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4 Bellwoods Avenue, Toronto, ON. Following the funeral service, all are welcome to a luncheon at Baby Point Lounge, 343 Jane Street, Toronto, ON..

Burial / Entombment / Cremation


May 04, 2019
Andrea MacPhail
Dear Swyszcz Family, I am heartbroken to find this information online 4 years after the fact. I started the Standardized Patient program with Oryst at CMCC and working with him kept me sane, kept me laughing, and was the highlight of my time working there. He was such a good-hearted, loving, compassionate and hilarious man. When we needed a unique grand rounds case, we brought in my Dad and he and Oryst hit it off like long lost best friends. We lost touch after my Dad died in 2014. I wish we hadn't. He was my friend, my mentor, my buddy, my shoulder to cry on, and my surrogate Dad when I needed advice and most of all, my friend. He used to tell me all about his family and he loved every one of you so very much. He spoke so much about you that I feel that I know you. I still have the CD's of Pink Floyd that he made for me, determined to turn me into a Pink Floyd fan! I imagine he and my Dad somewhere together, talking for hours, my Dad teaching him to fly fish and showing him his favourite spots. This is such a shock to my system. I was actually looking him up today to get back in touch. My heart goes out to all of his family for the painful loss you are living with. I will always remember him fondly and miss him dearly.
October 14, 2015
Irene Kielty (Bilan)
Dear Gail and family and Orysia. I just found out yesterday that Oryst had died. I am so sorry for your loss and that this is so late. My deepest sympathies to you and your whole family.
September 22, 2015
Janet Lo
I had the pleasure of working with Oryst at the Chiropractic College as a Standardized Patient. We will all miss him terribly. It was an honour and a privilege to have known him.
August 18, 2015
RL (Rhonda Lee) Stephenson-Read
Dear Friends and Family of Dr. Oryst; I was so very saddened to hear of your loss, and I grieve whole-heartedly with you. I have just returned from travels overseas for the past month, or I would have been at visitation with you in Toronto. I first met Oryst as an SP at CMCC, though in later times, he made me a proctor for CMCC exams. Oryst was such a great guy - and honestly engaged with everyone he met. He was genuinely interested in others, both as a doctor and friend. His energy knew no bounds...and what a set of lungs! I can still hear his voice shouting to be heard over the din of students aggressively entering exams. He loved sharing stories of his band days with me; partly, I think for the joy of reliving his moments, but also to build rapport as a fellow musician. He charmed everyone with a great sense of humour and dry wit - I smile when I think of his "professional" sense of comic timing... My heart breaks for you, as I am sure you will miss him so very much. Much love of friendship, and God Bless you all at this sorrowful time. Sincerely, RL (Rhonda Lee) Stephenson-Read, Gore's Landing, ON
August 18, 2015
Donna Boyle
So sorry to be writing so late. I was just informed by a fellow standardized patient on Facebook of Oryst's passing. I am now living in Regina so did not know. Oryst was very good to me and so many other occasional employees at the college. I appreciated his support and confidence in my abilities over several years. Oryst never lost his sense of humor. His loyalty to the SP's helped all of us greatly. He was very dedicated to the college. My condolences to his family.
August 18, 2015
So sad to hear about Oryst's passing. He was a lovely man and always made me laugh. I will miss him. Nicole Fairbairn
August 18, 2015
Cathy Jacobsen (standardized patient)
Prayers for Oryst and his family and friends. I am sorry that I only found out today. He was a special man.
August 18, 2015
Nadine MacKinnon
My condolences to you. I'm so so very sorry to hear of Oryst's passing. I just found out now that Oryst had passed, or I would have come to the service. I worked for Oryst for years as an SP at the CMCC. He was kind, funny, smart. We used to joke that he had thumbs like drills, because when he showed us where something was supposed to hurt, we never forget. He always looked after us, made sure we had what we needed to do our jobs. And he got so excited about the cases. He was a born story teller and would get this twinkle in his eye as he invented details about the case. It was so wonderful to see that face of his, as he walked down the hallway to meet us. I'm so glad to have had the pleasure to have worked with Oryst. To have had him in my life. Oryst was one of a kind. I will miss him so much. We all will. Rest in Peace, Oryst. I hope somewhere up there you've found a band to gig with. And know we're all sending our love.
August 17, 2015
Dr. Nicole Albuquerque
Dr Swyszcz was a wonderful teacher and along with his wonderful sister, inspired me to become a chiropractor. He will be missed. Dr. Nicole Albuquerque
August 04, 2015
Olia Matolych
Gail and family. I just found out of Oryst's passing. I'm still in shock. I regret we didn't keep in touch. I believe I was about 11 years old when we met. He was truly special. I loved him like a brother. My sincere condolences.
August 02, 2015
Negda Tabrizi and Sam Calicchia
Dear Gail and Family, Our deepest condolences on the passing of a great man. Oryst will be deeply missed. He was our instructor while we were studying to become chiropractors and our colleague at CMCC after graduation. He often spoke so fondly and so proudly of his family...even though we had never met you, we felt like we knew so much about all of you. We share in your sorrow and hope that in time you are able to joy and happiness through Oryst's memories. God bless Oryst and all of you. With much respect, Negda Tabrizi and Sam Calicchia
July 31, 2015
Jessica Wong
Dear Gail and Family, My deepest condolences to you and your family. I had the privilege of learning from Oryst when I was a chiropractic student and later working with him at CMCC as his colleague. He was a great mentor for me and will be missed. My sincere condolences, Jessica Wong
July 31, 2015
Sharon and Frank wice
Dear Gail and family, It was with profound sadness that we learned of the passing of your loving husband and father of your boys. He was a real family man. May memories of happier days together comfort you at this time of great sadness. With love and sympathy from, cousins Sharon and Frank Wice
July 30, 2015
Michelle Alarie and Mark Bajus
Dear Adam and family of Dr. Swyszcz, Our deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family. Sending you lots of love and strength during this difficult time.
July 30, 2015
Deborah Kopansky-Giles
Dear Gail and family. It is with great sadness that I learned of Oryst's passing this week. We were colleagues at CMCC for over two decades and I always enjoyed our conversations and in particular, his wit and humour. Take comfort in knowing that he significantly impacted the lives of many young future chiropractors as a faculty member at the College and contributed greatly to enhancing the educational program at CMCC. We will miss him very much, but will always remember his love of music, quiet chuckle and twinkle in his eye when talking about his family. Our sincere condolences, Deborah and Ray Kopansky-Giles
July 30, 2015
John Turkiewicz Family
Our sincere condolances to Nick and family, I have the privilage of remembering a good hockey dad and great hockey family.
July 30, 2015
Aaron Teitelbaum
Farewell my dear friend, прощання Oryst, I am going to miss you dearly. I will always remember our talks, jokes and discussions.
July 29, 2015
Greg Ruhr
Gail and Family: I offer my deepest heartfelt condolences for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Your father was a great person, a superb mentor and friend. During our 22 years together at CMCC, many memorable moments were enjoyed. I will especially miss our frequent chats regarding computer technology and hockey! May he rest in peace.
July 29, 2015
Irene Hrycyshyn
Gail and family. Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Oryst. Such an incredible husband and father, who will be terribly missed but forever in our hearts. "life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight."
July 29, 2015
Pat and Shelley Mycan
Dear John and Family With deepest condolences on your lost. Keep him forever in your hearts. Remember him not in his passing but in the celebration of his life. May he rest in peace. Pat and Shelley Mycan
July 29, 2015
Mark Turkiewicz
Please accept my condolences with the passing of Oryst. I only knew him well enough to know that he enjoyed life with all of you and that he was a very proud family man. I am sure that through your celebration of his life all will realize how happy you made him. Cheers!
July 29, 2015
Therese Navrotski
Dear Gail and family Our sincere condolences. May he rest in peace. Navrotski family Theresa Soroka Stefania Mahun
July 29, 2015
Maryann Hrycak
My deepest condolences to the family. Oryst was a true gentleman. Vichnaya Pamyat. May he rest in peace.