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Memorable Manitobans: William “Hunky Bill” Konyk (1931-2019)

Entrepreneur.

Born at Winnipeg on 15 May 1931, he attended Norquay School, Aberdeen School, and St. John’s High School. He worked for Canadian Pacific Telegraphs until 1956 when he moved to Chicago, Illinois, living there for two years and working as a freelance sports reporter. In 1958, he met his wife Kay Eyre and they married in Winnipeg, after which he joined radio station CKY. In 1966, he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to join radio station CJOR. He was General Sales Manager for CFUN from 1967 to 1971.

In 1967, on a bet from a friend, he obtained a food booth at the Pacific National Exhibition and began selling Ukrainian food under the name of “Hunky Bill’s.” It was an immediate success and he continued to operate a booth annually until retirement in 2011, after which his sons carried on the tradition.

early 1980s - human rights complaint

He died at Vancouver in August 2019.

Sources:

Perogy master and PNE legend ‘Hunky Bill’ Konyk dies at 88,” CBC News, 14 August 2019.

History, Hunky Bill's.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 February 2020

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