Helen (Olena) Burych nee Mazur 05/30/1928 - 05/12/2020   Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, friend and mentor was born on May 30, 1928 in Preluki, Poland and passed away in Toronto, Canada on May 12, 2020.  The journey between those two points is an interesting tale of courage, determination, loss, joy and resilience, but maybe not in that order. Helen was a survivor.  At the young age of 14 years she left home on her own during WWII and was forced into work as a domestic labourer in Germany.  After the war she travelled to England, became a factory worker, and met Teodor (Ted) Burych whom she married in 1950.  In 1952, Helen and Ted made the crossing from England to Canada and started their family: their first daughter Susan, followed by their son Walter (married to Marta) and several years later, Christine. Helen and Ted worked tirelessly both night and day at building their maintenance company, looking for the right real estate investment opportunities and raising a family. These challenges of life became significantly more difficult for Helen, and her family, when she starting battling an undiagnosed bipolar disorder. Helen’s love for people was genuine and she never had an unkind word for anyone. She was stubborn, pleasantly willful and a healer. She loved to dance and discovered Bingo and singing when she moved to her final home at Westbury Long-Term Care Residence. Helen absolutely flourished at her new home with an abundance of activities and no cleaning to do. She made many friends and won an award for helping others in the home, a task which she performed with great joy and passion.  We wish to thank the many staff members who cared for her as their own family member. In her last weeks Helen fought hard against COVID-19 that claimed the lives of her friends before she completely ran out of energy, and this brave staff stood in for us and held her hand when we could not. Helen joins her husband of 57 years who died 12 years ago and paved the way for her new journey.  She leaves behind her three children, 7 grandchildren, Natalie Jurewich, Stephanie Munro, Andrew Burych, Michael Burych, Alexandra Burych, Christopher Sharanewych and Adam Sharanewych, and 3 (+1 on the way), great grandchildren, Angelina and Victoria Munro, Zachary Burych, and unborn baby Burych. All of us will miss Helen terribly. She had a million dollar smile and loved to laugh.  She always had a kind word for all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren who will fondly remember their dancing Baba. A private funeral will be held on Friday May 15, 2020.  A Celebration of Helen’s life will be held at a later date (details to follow) at which time more of her story will unfold and everyone can share their anecdotes about this remarkable woman. Please, no flowers. Although Helen loved flowers, she would much rather spend money on others than herself.  She would be so happy if you would support the following charitable causes in her name:
  • “The Konvalia Project”, by donating on line at or mailing your donation to 204-89 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 2V2, or
  • “Hats On For Awareness” by donating on line at



May 15, 2020
Private Family Service.

Due to Covid-19 precautions the Chapel Service will not be open to the public. A memorial for Helen will be held at a time and place to be announced.


May 15, 2020
Private Family Burial


May 22, 2020
Therese and Edward Humeniuk
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
May 18, 2020
Ann & Katherine Pimentel
Our sincerest condolences to Susan, Walter, and Christine on the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mother was a very sweet and special woman. She always had kind words and a smile for everyone. It is never easy to lose a loved one, and it is especially difficult to lose a mother. A mother is a very special person, and there is no one else who is so dear to our hearts. We were very blessed and fortunate to know her and to be a part of her life. Your mother was strong and courageous and she fought to the end. We know that she is in a better place now. Even though she has passed to the other side, she will continue to watch over you from heaven. Your mother will be terribly missed. We are very saddened by the fact that we were unable to say our proper goodbyes. We love you chocha and we miss you dearly. ♡ Rest in peace ♡ xoxo
May 16, 2020
Loreto Family
It is with heavy hearts that we send our sincere condolences as we are deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved mom and our dear sweet auntie who was loved so much. She will forever live in our hearts and will always be remembered as a warm, caring, and wise woman who had boundless energy and a zest for life. Mothers are guardian angels, teachers, and best friends. Mothers are angels who never leave us and live forever in the hearts of their children. Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go. Time is the only comforter for the loss a mother. Remember God has called home another great servant and saint. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad and trying time. May God Bless her and may she rest in eternal peace. Loreto Family
May 14, 2020
Stephen & Lesia Mazur
Walter, Susan, Christine, Marta, Natalie, Stephanie, Andrew, Michael, Alexandra, Christopher, Adam, Angelina, Victoria, Zachary, you have our greatest sympathy at the loss of your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. I know during this time it makes it more difficult with her loss because of the restrictions, but I'm certain she knows that your love is with her. She is now free from all her earthly cares and worries and will look down, spending her time looking after all of you and guiding you through life from above. The caring person she was will never be forgotten! Vichna Pamiyat! Stephen & Lesia Mazur
May 14, 2020
Glenn & Agnes Munro
Dear Susan, Walter, Christine, Marta and all the family We are so saddened to hear that Helen passed away. We pray that she is in a better place resting peacefully with your father. Losing a loved one, especially a Mother is such a loss, but over time all the happy memories and knowing she is at peace will soften the pain. We want to offer our deepest sympathy and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Such a wonderful picture of Helen and her smile. Love, Glenn, Agnes & Jason xox
May 14, 2020
Julia & Jerry Tchoryk and Family
Dear Susan, Walter, Christine and Family: We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. We will never forget her gentle and irresistible smile, while she was dancing all night long.