Mykola Maryn was born in Nyzhnia Volia in the Lemko Carpathian Mountains (Karpaty) of Ukraine. His father served in the Austro-Hungarian army during the first world war, and travelled to America to work in the coal mines to earn money for his family back home. His father died at the age of 32, leaving his young mother to raise a family of five children alone. Mykola was raised by his maternal grandfather—a church deacon, who instilled in him a life-long passion for learning. At 18, he was forced into slave labour in Nazi Germany, and was later incarcerated in a concentration camp where he suffered terribly. Mykola moved to Canada after the war and met his wife Anna. Mykola was a family man, a religious man, and a thoughtful, well-read man. He loved to paint landscapes of the Karpaty and had a strong affinity with nature. He laboured in factory shift-work at Massey Ferguson for 35 years, to ensure his children had a higher education and a better life. Memories of his homeland were always with him, and his lasting legacy will be his treasured paintings of the Karpaty. The family will cherish these forever. Mykola was a community activist, especially with the Lemko Canadian Association where he served on the Board of Directors and as a delegate to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. He received several tributes for his contributions to the Lemko community. His memory shall forever be dear in our hearts. Vichna Yomy Pamiat.
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“The family wishes to offer a spiritual and patriotic note.”
Our beloved Tato and Dido,and “tverdyi lemkivskyi Ukrainets,”passed peacefully at the age of 99 on November 1, 2020, during the final moments of the administration of the Last Rites “myropomazania” and surrounded by love. He died as he lived, with dignity and solemnity. His passing was on the religious holiday of All Saints Day and on the anniversary of the proclamation of a Ukrainian state in Lviv on November 1, 1918.
Encyclopedia of Ukraine: “On 1 November 1918 between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m. the Ukrainian soldiers occupied the public utility buildings and military objectives in Lviv without bloodshed. Ukrainian flags were raised, and proclamations issued announcing the emergence of a Ukrainian state. The Austrian authorities were interned, and Huyn handed power over to Volodymyr Detsykevych, the vice-director of the governor-generalship, who recognized the supreme authority of the Ukrainian National Rada. The Austrian military commander of the city called on his subordinates to recognize the Rada. Colonel Mykola Marynovych now became commandant of Lviv, and the newly promoted Colonel Dmytro Vitovsky became commander in chief of the Ukrainian force (numbering 60 officers and 1,200 soldiers).”
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