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Memorable Manitobans: Roman Alexander Manastersky (1950-2009)

Civil engineer, dancer, community activist.

Born at Anais Sous Lens, France on 10 October 1950, son of Paul and Paraska Manastersky, he immigrated to Winnipeg in 1954 where he was a member of the Ukrainian Youth Association (CYM). He graduated from the University of Manitoba with civil engineering degrees (BSc 1972, MSc 1974). His transportation planning career led him to Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and a return to Winnipeg in 1978. He retired from the City of Winnipeg Public Works Department in May 2007 after 29 years of service.

He was also known for his passion for Ukrainian dance. He was a member of Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Winnipeg and Shumka Dancers of Edmonton, artistic director of Dunay Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Edmonton, and he co-founded the Tryzub Ukrainian Dance Ensemble in Calgary and the Winnipeg School of Ukrainian Folk Dance. He was a board member of Carpathia Credit Union for 24 years, Taras Shevchenko Foundation for nine years, and Hoosli Ukrainian Male Chorus for three years.

He died on 24 March 2009 and was buried in Glen Eden Memorial Garden.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 March 2009.

“The ’90 honour roll,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 January 2010, page H4.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 April 2016

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