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).”

Vichnaia Pamiat



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Private service. Thank you for your understanding.


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November 11, 2020
Hania and Petro Woloszansky
Finally at peace and reunited with your Mama. Our deepest condolences on the loss of your Tato, Dido and pradido. Lovely video montage. May his memory be eternal.
November 05, 2020
Russell and Linda Barber
Dear Luba and family, Just watched the beautiful video tribute to your father. It brought tears to my eyes. What a long life filled with many wonderful memories for all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your father is now at peace and with his beloved wife. God's blessings on you.
November 05, 2020
Olesia Romanko
Dear Luba and Family--My deepest condolences and prayers in the passing of your Father, Mykola. I moved to the Martingrove/Bloor area in the yr. 2000. So many years had passed from the Cawaja days when we were children--catching toads in the ponds not far from your family's cottage. Each day since moving into the area, when I got off the bus at Martingrove, I walked by your parents' house. Your Father was out on the front lawn everyday. One day I said: "dobriy den' " and from that day forward your Father would be out in front of the house waiting. After your Mother's passing I missed seeing your Father--his smile and the chats we had when I passed by. Later, it was sad to see their house torn down yet your parents are in my thoughts each time I pass by their property. Time has come for your parents to be joined together once more--may they both rest in peace, and their devotion and love be with you always!
November 03, 2020
Daria Evtushenko
Dear Luba and family, Sending condolences on the passing of your beloved father. After watching the memorial video, one can sense that Pan Mykola had a full life surrounded by family and friends. A life to be remembered and cherished. Our family also has a cottage at Cawaja and now shares life in the community that your father helped establish. Another angel to watch over you. Darka Evtushenko and family
November 03, 2020
Mary and Jerry Kulyk
The death of Mr Mykola Maryn is a huge loss to his family, friends, Church and of course Cawaja Beach. He was one of the first pioneers who discovered and built a cottage at Cawaja Beach. During these early years, the Maryn family hosted many friends and relatives (my family being one) at their cottage and subsequently introduced us to this beautiful area. As a result many of these guests continued to frequent Tiny Township and build their own cottages. This Ukrainian migration culminated in the building of a beautiful Church which has celebrated its 30th anniversary. Thank you. On a personal note I remember Mykola as a hard working family man and neighbour who loved to laugh, read, and discuss politics with my dad (Mykola) while sunburning on the beach. On several occasions the two Mykolas could be seen sharing books or listening to radio Kyiv on a short wave radio at the cottage or in Toronto. He was a true visionary and pioneer. Thank you. Vichnaya Pamiyat