It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing into eternal life of a dear husband, father and grandfather, at the age of 96 years.
Morris will be greatly missed by his loving and devoted wife of over 69 years, Nel Anne (nee Karlechuk); his daughters Venia (Ken) Reynolds and Arlene; his son Ronald (Elena); his grandchildren Lawrence “Lonnie” Peddie and twins Alessia and Katrina; many nieces and nephews; cousins and friends.
Morris was predeceased by his parents Yurko and Paraskewia; sisters Mary and Effie; and brothers Michael, John, Nicholas and Joseph.
Morris was born in Eldorena, Alberta on the family homestead. Faced with the early passing of his parents, Morris demonstrated great fortitude by completing his education in Edmonton, and began to teach at one- and two-room schools in rural Alberta at the age of 19. In 1941, he volunteered for the Royal Canadian Air Force hoping to join as a pilot; but because of his eyesight and his teaching experience, was trained as an instructor of Wireless Air Gunners and posted to Calgary. Unhappy with the lack of action his posting offered, Morris marched into the CO’s office and demanded to be sent overseas – he was promptly marched out. However, within weeks, in the fall of 1944, he was shipped to England where he served until the end of the war in Europe, and returned to Nova Scotia where he awaited redeployment to the Pacific.
Happily, the war ended. In November, 1945 at the Sts. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church, he married Nel Anne Karlechuk – they had been introduced by his sister Effie – and soon after the couple returned to Edmonton. Morris enrolled at the University of Alberta, completing two degrees while welcoming the birth of Venia. Following graduation, the young family moved to southern Alberta, where Morris enjoyed teaching secondary school (notwithstanding one incident reported in the school’s Yearbook where he “threatened to boil the class in sulfuric acid”), soon rising to Vice-Principal and welcoming the birth of Arlene.
In search of better opportunities and to be closer to both the Karlechuk and Yaworsky families, the family decided to move to Windsor in 1951. Morris joined his brother Joe in his woodworking and house-building business and, a short time after, the family was rounded out with the birth of Ronald.
Over the next thirty years, through hard work alongside his brother Joe, Biltwel Construction (Windsor) Ltd.’s reputation grew and always “lived up to its name”, building homes throughout the area, as well as providing employment for sister Effie, and many nephews and nieces in the summer months.
Throughout the years, Morris devoted countless hours volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ukrainian Business and Professional Association, the Ukrainian Graduates of Detroit and Windsor; and was a long-time active parishioner of Sts. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church.
He was particularly proud of the achievements of his children and grandchildren. Although he would often remark they all lived far too many miles away, they remained close in his heart.
In his most recent years, although health challenges necessitated a move from his house of many years, he was happy to have been able to remain living together with his caring wife at their new home until only a short time prior to his passing.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 21: 3 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm. Panakhyda 7:30pm at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841.
Funeral Mass will be Monday, December 22: 10am at Sts. Vladimir & Olga Ukrainian Catholic Church, 601 Lake Trail Drive with interment following at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Share memories or photos at