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Memorable Manitobans: Edward Danylo Evanko (1938-2018)

Actor, singer, cleric.

Born at Winnipeg on 19 October 1938, son of Danylo Evanko and Justyna Dmytryk, he won a singing competition at the age of 13. He studied with Herbert Belyea and Lucien Needham and sang professionally at Rainbow Stage. He received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba and, in 1961, began training as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. He also sang with the English Opera Group and the Welsh National Opera. After returning to Winnipeg in 1967, he hosted the Ed Evanko Show and appeared on television programs such as Ryan's Hope, Chicago Hope, and Third Rock from the Sun. He appeared on Broadway, recorded albums for several labels, and performed at Ukrainian festivals across Canada and the USA. In 2001, he began training for the priesthood in Rome, Washington (DC), and Ottawa, and was ordained as a Ukrainian Catholic priest in 2005. He served at Rossburn and Russell for over two years then at a church in Richmond, British Columbia until retirement in 2013. He returned to Winnipeg in 2016 and died on 18 November 2018. He was buried in the All Saints Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 November 2018.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 November 2018

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