Andrij Makuch M.A., passed away suddenly on Friday, 18 January 2019 at the age of 62. Beloved son of the late Rev. Ivan and Kateryna Makuch, Andrij was taken from us far too early and will be sadly missed by his daughters Larisa Makuch (Taras Pawluk) and Tania Donahoe (Mark) and son John Zenon Makuch; grandchildren Ivanka, Lazar and Lukian; brothers Nestor and Stephen (Marie) Makuch; former spouses Tamara Hrechuch and Maryanne McAleese; as well as extended family; colleagues and friends. Andrij was born in Lethbridge AB and grew up in Victoria BC. He completed his Master’s degree at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. He then lived in Saskatoon for several years, where he served as Executive Director of the Ukrainian Canadian Committee (UCC) and was an active member of the greater Ukrainian community. During the past 30 years, Andrij made Toronto his home while he achieved his life’s work as an accomplished scholar. He was a manuscript editor of the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, University of Toronto Press. A researcher and author of academic articles and reviews, his work has been published in several scholastic periodicals. He was also a research coordinator of the Ukrainian-Canadian Program at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) and most recently held the position of Senior Manuscript Editor of the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine in the Toronto office of the CIUS. Andrij was also associate director of the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium and contributed to many more academic and community forums. A kind and gentle soul, Andrij will be fondly remembered for his passion for knowledge, his love of music and film, his joy in recreational activities, especially cribbage, his culinary skills and his humour. A visitation will be held at the Cardinal Funeral Home, 92 Annette St. Toronto, on Monday, January 21 from 5-8 pm, with Panakhyda at 7 pm. Panakhyda on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 10825 - 97 Street., Edmonton. Funeral Liturgy on Thursday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral. Interment will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery.


January 21, 2019
Cardinal Funeral Home-Annette Chapel
05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Panakhyda at 7 p.m.



St. Michael's Cemetery


January 28, 2019
Natalia Khanenko-Friesen
Andrij has been a great support to me throughout my career. His knowledge of the field of Ukrainian Canadian studies was vast and deep. His understanding of the prairies and its Ukrainian culture was insightful. But above all, his kind and warm persona, a topping on all other skills he possessed, was so inspiring, in research and work on topics of interest we shared. I shall never forget that and will always miss our coffees, meetings and cheerful chats about history. Andrij's legacy will live long. I will miss your presence, Andrij, in my life. My deep condolences to family.
January 22, 2019
Andriy Nahachewsky
Sincere condolences for this great loss. A loss to his family, and so many many loving friends. I am one of them with a new hole in my heart. Vichnaia pamiat'
January 21, 2019
Bohdan and Marcella Zerebecky
Very sad news. I met Andrij in Victoria many years ago and later worked with him at UCC in Saskatoon. A quiet intense individual with a great desire for knowledge. A great researcher and scholar, he will be deeply missed. Вiчная Память!
January 21, 2019
Bohdan I. Shulakewych and Lydia Shulakewych
We remember him as a true gentleman, a kind and respectful colleague and an intrepid researcher on all matters Ukrainian. He exuded a quiet dignity and never failing helpfulness when requested. May he rest in Eternal Peace with our Lord. Khrystos Rodyvsya!
January 21, 2019
Yuri Daschko
What a huge loss for you but also for the Ukrainian Canadian community, especially the academic community. He was a knowledgeable, compassionate person who I got to know through his work at the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Centre. My deepest sympathies for your loss. Вічна йому памя'ть.
January 21, 2019
Vesnianka Dance Ensemble
RIP Deapest condolences to the family.
January 20, 2019
Olya Kuplowska
As everyone else, I am totally shocked by the news of Andrij's death - way too soon. I came to know Andrij through my connections with CIUS. He was a wonderful human being - caring, compassionate, passionate, generous to a fault, always helpful and seeing only the good in others. I will never forget his kindness and his gentle spirit in all of our interactions. What a tremendous loss to all of us - friends, colleagues, community. My last memory of Andrij is at the December CIUS annual Christmas party - a big smile on his face (as always), looking forward to the New Year. May he rest in eternal peace. Vichna jomu pamyat'. My deepest condolences to the family. Wishing you much strength as you grieve your loss.
January 20, 2019
Andre Sochaniwsky
I was working closely with Andrij over the past few years on a documentary about Ukrainian Canadian military contributions in World War II. He was very passionate about this topic and the documentary. It is so sad that he will not be able to see the final version. We will ensure that the final version would be something that he would be proud of. My condolences to you.
January 19, 2019
Nadia Skop
I am quite simply stunned! I have had a special friendship with Andrij for many years in Toronto and his untimely and sudden passing is shocking and horribly sad. May he rest in peace in God's Eternal Kingdom. Vichna jomu Pamiat'!