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Memorable Manitobans: Wasyly Fedak (1909-2005)


Born in the Bukovyna region of Ukraine, he emigrated with his family to Sheho, Saskatchewan in 1912. He graduated from teachers college in Saskatoon then worked as a rural school teacher for 14 years. He was ordained a priest in 1944 and spent the next seven years serving parishes in Manitoba and southwestern Ontario. In 1951 he was assigned to St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Hamilton, Ontario where he served for the next 29 years. He was consecrated a bishop in 1978 in the Central Diocese (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) and the Eastern Diocese (Ontario and Quebec). He was elected primate in 1985, receiving the title Archbishop of Winnipeg and Metropolitan of All Canada. He was inducted into the Order of Canada and the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction, and he received the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation Medal (1992) and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). He died at Winnipeg on 10 January 2005 and was buried in Glen Eden Memorial Garden.


“Ukrainian Orthodox primate had full career” by Rick Lawler, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 January 2005.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 September 2013

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