Ihor Pelech  

Peacefully, on Sunday April 4, 2021, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Ihor Pelech, passed away after a short illness.  He leaves behind his wife Mary, his three sons Danylo (Cyndi), Josyf (Natalie) and Mattej (Patrycja) and his five grandchildren Nathan, Mark, Vera, Juliana and Luca whom he adored.  Also, left to mourn him are his sister Olha and brother-in-law Garrett Marinacci, sister-in-law Oksana with husband Bohdan Ciz, nephew Zenon (Marta) and niece Olenka as well as family in Canada and Ukraine.

Ihor was a passionate teacher as was his calling, having spent his entire career at St. Andrew’s Junior High School as Head of English, a position he cherished.  He took pride in his work, demonstrated in the fact that he had tests, essays and exams all marked and returned to his students the next day.  His retirement celebration was a fitting testament to his exemplary teaching career.

His retirement years were spent quietly enjoying time with his family.  Ihor was a cherished husband, wonderful father and grandfather, much loved and respected by all who knew him.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, funeral arrangements are by invitation only.  Donations in memory of Ihor Pelech may be made to:  The Ukrainian Catholic Sobor of The Holy Protection, 30 Leeds Street, Toronto.

Due to the current Covid - 19 restrictions in Toronto that allow a maximum number of guests to attend a funeral, the service details will be kept private and attendance will be by invite-only.

The family thanks you for your support and understanding during this challenging time.




Burial / Entombment / Cremation


October 25, 2022
Jared Spindel
I'm a bit late to learn about his passing, but based on his impression of me as a grade 8 English student back in the 1990s I think he'd find it hilarious that I'm late. I've lived abroad for a long time and my connections to people who might have informed me have long withered away, so - okay, sorry, Mr. Pelech, I won't make excuses. The fact that I googled his name a quarter century after he taught me and feel so saddened to learn that he passed away says it all. Going to his classes were fun escapes from the anxiety of junior high. I will never forget how to spell the word "pyrrhic". I still find it funny that he used "Spindel's notebook" as an example of an oxymoron for the class. I don't know what he was like outside of class, but he sure seemed to care in it. A great man. My condolences.
April 10, 2021
Janet Bobechko
To the Pelech family. My deepest condolences on your tremendous loss. Mr. Pelech was my English teacher at St. Andrew’s in the late 70’s. He instilled in me a love for Shakespeare and the English language. I can still recite my grade 9 soliloquy! His class stands out as one of my favourites. As one of his few Ukrainian students, he was never shy of correcting my Ukrainian as well! Know that his passion influenced many people. I was fortunate to be one of them. Вічная пам’ять
April 09, 2021
Myroslawa & Bohdan Cup & family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our condolences.
April 07, 2021
Roman Hohol
To Mary, Olha and Ihor's children and grandchildren, our family was deeply saddened to hear this news. We grew up in England with Ihor and Olha , our parents were long -time friends. We fondly remember Ihor's charm and wit. We hope and pray that you retain the fondest memories of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. With respect, Maria, Roman, Marika and Oksana Hohol
April 07, 2021
Grace Peacock
Dear Mary, I offer my deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. Sending thoughts of peace and comfort. - With love, your goddaughter Grace.
April 07, 2021
Vera Dulysh
So sorry for your loss, Mary and family. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and family during this difficult time. Stay strong! His memory will last forever. Take care of yourself!🙏
April 06, 2021
John, Margaret and Mira Samijlo
Marusia, Ihor will surely be missed but the many memories will be a comfort and blessing . . . With Love and Deepest Sympathies ...
April 06, 2021
Grif Speers
Mary and family, My sincere condolences to you and all of the family. This is a shock. Ihor taught just down the hall from me and I had the greatest respect for his enthusiasm, professionalism and expertise. He was a very respected staff member and the community of St. Andrew's parents held him in high esteem. May God supply you with the peace and comfort that only He can give.
April 06, 2021
Tanya Clark
Dear Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ihor was a wonderful colleague and impacted so many including myself. It was a wonderful privilege to work with him at St. Andrew's JHS. Psalm 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. May you know this truth at this time.
April 06, 2021
Debbie & Steve Dzurko
Our deepest condolences Mary and family. May he rest in peace and may your memories be a blessing.
April 06, 2021
Annie (Dzurko) Peacock
Dear Mary, Ross and I wish to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family on Ihor's passing. Steve, Debbie, Johnny and Helen also extend their heartfelt condolences. May the wonderful memories of him give strength to sustain you all during this difficult time and beyond. Vichnaya Pamyat!
April 06, 2021
Oksana and Roma
Dear Mary With deepest sympathy as you remember Ihor. We will be thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow and sending our love. Vichna Pamiat
April 06, 2021
Donna and Myron Rudyj
Dear Mary ,Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cherish the memories and take solace knowing that your loving husband, father, Dido and brother leaves a legacy to be remembered by you and your entire family. Vichna yomu Pamiat!
April 06, 2021
Helen Dzurko
Dear Mary and family, I am so saddened to hear of your loss. You and your loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers.
April 06, 2021
Laima Deimantas Stem
I am saddened to hear of Ihor's passing and know that his absence leaves a hole in the lives of his family and friends. My heart is with you all.
April 05, 2021
Hania and Petro
Marusiu, our deepest condolences. Nashi, Know that he is no longer in pain. We came across this link about Ihor from a student. Thought it underlines his dedication to his students, perfectly. Вічна йому пам‘ять
April 05, 2021
Heather McClory
Such terrible news of Ihor's passing. My condolences and prayers for all his family.
April 05, 2021
Maxymiw Family
We are saddened to hear of Ihor’s passing. Please accept our family’s condolences. Vichna yomu pamiat’.