Paul Edward Racicot                                                          Luba Mary Racicot (Lewicka)

November 20, 1949 – June 2, 2023                                     September 12, 1950 – June 6, 2023

It is with deep sorrow that the family announce the passing of our adored father and grandfather (‘Gido’), Paul Edward Racicot, age 73, of Toronto, Ontario on June 2 2023 after a brief illness. Sadly, just four days later on June 6 2023 our beloved mother and grandmother (‘Baba’), Luba Mary Racicot, age 72, of Toronto, Ontario was overcome with grief and passed away from sudden cardiac arrest, a truly “broken heart”.

Paul Edward Racicot was born on November 20, 1949 to Henry Edward Racicot and Donalda Jean Racicot in Toronto, Ontario. Luba Mary Racicot was born on September 12, 1950 to Wasyl Katysnsky and Sophia Katynsky in Germany and they immigrated to Canada when Luba was just 5 years old settling in Toronto, Canada.

In 1973, Paul and Luba met while working at Hardy’s, Paul as a salesman and Luba as a secretary.  They were very much in love and often shared stories of how they would walk into work holding hands together.  They married 9 months later and were about to celebrate 49 years of marriage at the end of June.  Luba went on to work at Canada Post and later retired from her career as a postal clerk.  Paul went on to work for CN Rail and after further schooling trained to become a locomotive engineer for VIA Rail until his retirement on August 31 2014. Paul and Luba are survived by three children, Robert, Victoria (David) and Natalie and their four grandchildren, Olivia, Benjamin, Jack and Owen.

As emigrants from Ukraine, Luba and her parents were profoundly proud of their Ukrainian heritage and celebrated their heritage through traditional foods (borscht, patychky, pyrohy, kapusta, cabbage rolls etc.), speaking the language in the home, through celebrating Ukrainian Christmas on January 7th or through Ukrainian Easter traditions. After marrying and during their life together, Paul embraced the Ukrainian culture, challenged himself to speak Ukrainian with Luba’s parents (Слава Україні!: Slava Ukraïni!), proudly displayed his adopted Ukrainian culture through flags adorning their vehicle and Ukrainian ball hats for wearing proudly around Bloor West village. The grandchildren will forever remember Paul as ‘Gido’ and Luba as ‘Baba’.

Paul and Luba were loving parents and grandparents and spending time with family and celebrating life’s moments together was so greatly important to them. They were engaged grandparents and enjoyed doing fun things with their grandkids, were always purchasing treats and little knick-knacks for their grandkids and delighted in their joy and excitement. Although they have left us too soon and before we were ready to say Goodbye, they leave us with fond loving memories of them. As each day goes by, they are deeply loved and dearly missed.

As the family has such a close connection to St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto and with their pride in their Ukrainian heritage, in lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation or the Canada-Ukraine Foundation


June 19, 2023
Cardinal Funeral Home-Annette Chapel, 92 Annette Street
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
June 19, 2023
Cardinal Funeral Homes, Annette
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM


June 20, 2023
Cardinal Funeral Homes, 92 Annette Street Chapel
10:00 AM



July 03, 2023
Krys Collins
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of old friends Paul and Luba. Ken and I were at their wedding! I knew Paul all of my childhood as he used to come and hang out with my (4) brothers on Lisgar Street. Paul and Luba gone too soon. Our deepest condolences.
June 22, 2023
Dave Teggart
I worked with Paul at C.N. and later at Via Rail. Always found him interesting and a great guy to spend the trip with. He liked to talk, so I could see him being in sales before the railroad, but we were all glad that he made the career switch. Very sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
June 20, 2023
John Mitchell
I was very sorry to learn of the deaths of Paul and Luba. I worked many trips with Paul at CN as brakemen and at Via as engineers. His keen sense of humour made long trips go faster. I did not have the privilege of meeting Luba, but heard many good things about “ Lubcha “, Robert, Natalie, and Victoria. My sincere con- dolences to all the Racicot family.
June 20, 2023
Kristi Boisvert
My sincerest condolences to Rob and the rest of the Racicot family.
June 19, 2023
Anita Nicolaidis
Paul was such a central part of Gus Ryder gym, both figuratively (he shared his humorous stories with all of us) and literally (he was usually front row centre. When the teacher went to adjust the music, I’d follow Paul’s steps). He was completely in love with his wife and adored his children and grandchildren. He wore a fedora that he looked darn good in and proudly told me his children had bought it for him. Paul’s presence front row centre will be missed. How beautiful that his beloved wife left this earth with him. My deepest condolences to you for the loss of both your parents. Paul spoke lovingly of you and your mom all the time.
June 19, 2023
Holly McCarthy
I have known Paul for 30+ years from Gus Ryder. We stood beside each in the mornings, doing our workouts with Lori. He often had a joke to tell me, funny stories about his grandchildren and we found out we had both gone to see “The Supremes” at the O’Keefe Centre, as it was then known, back in the 60’s. My sincere condolences to the family on the loss of your parents and grandparents. He will be missed.
June 19, 2023
Sally and John Azzopardi
Our deepest deepest condolences to you and all the family you are in our thoughts and prayers may they both rest in heavenly peace. We're with you in spirit xoxox ❤️❤️❤️
June 19, 2023
Barbara Gorczyk (with Allison and Joshua)
Dear Victoria, David and Ben, I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Your parents departed too soon - I can't imagine your pain and grief. Your Mom and Dad were amazing people and I feel privileged to have known them. I offer my prayers for the entire family. May their souls rest in peace.
June 18, 2023
Mary Boisvert (nee McCullagh)
I am deeply sorry for the sudden loss of your parents . Please accept my sincere condolence during this time of grief. I will miss my dear friend Luba so much - our phone calls and visits to the beach. I always looked forward to their arrival. It will not be the same without them. May Paul and Luba rest in eternal peace.
June 17, 2023
Gary Lockie / Aline Batista
To the Rasicot family. Our condolences to all. I worked with Paul for many years both at CNR and VIA Rail. He was wonderful gentleman to be around. May they rest in peace.
June 16, 2023
Grant and Maureen Morden
Dear Bobby, Victoria and Natalie: Paul and Luba were such special people. We loved coming to Toronto to visit them and in later years we loved to see Paul on his trips to Ottawa. It was always so great when Luba came too and we could get together for a visit. We are sending warm thoughts and all our love at this sad time. Grant, Maureen, Jessica and Connor Morden
June 14, 2023
The Nodilo family - Steve, Denise & Zita
To the entire Racicot family our sincere condolences at this difficult time. Our thought are with you always.
June 13, 2023
Cathie and Ed Koach
Ed and I are deeply saddened by Paul and Luba’s passing. Friends foe many years , we were more like family. We hold close to our heart our many memories of parties, vacations and get togethers.. Gone but never forgotten! Our hearts and prayers go out to Bobby, Victoria and Natalie and their families.
June 13, 2023
I don’t know this family but reading this obituary is truly heartbreaking. My condolences to all.
June 13, 2023
Emmanuel Kikiantonis
Sending our condolences and love to the Racicot family. Your family is in our hearts during this difficult time.
June 13, 2023
Vera Jamnisek
We were next door neighbours on Westmoreland until the early 1970's and have fond memories of your great grandma Sofi and Vasil as well. Luba was a good friend, especially with my sister Mary. I remember the joy Bobby brought to everyone. We kept in touch and actually were in the hospital together when Natalie and my son were born. Your parents were proud of you all! Thank goodness for all the memories - cherish them. They will be with your forever! Vera Jamnisek
June 13, 2023
Lori & Dave Clancy
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your parents. We’ve known your dad for many years first meeting at Gus Ryder. He was a fixture at the morning classes. It’s just not the same without him there. He is missed.