We announce with profound sorrow that on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, Walter Andrusco passed away peacefully at LaVerendrye General Hospital at the age of 105.
Mourning his passing are his three children Leda (Freddie) Beck, Billy (Karen) Andrusco and Julie Andrusco; grandchildren Mary Ann (Joe) King, Sarah Andrusco, Jennefer (Udi) Andrusco-Daon, Billy Joe Andrusco; JoAnna Keller; three great-grandchildren Olivia, Ben and Ariel, and several nieces and nephews.
Walter was predeceased by his wife Mary, parents Mary and Theodore, and brothers Emil and Nick.
Walter was born on Wednesday, April 10, 1907 in Lwow, Western Ukraine and immigrated to Canada with his Father in 1923 settling in Dauphin Manitoba. Walter relocated to Fort Frances in 1932. He was an original founding member of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and held various positions on the church executive. In 1946 he organized the church choir and this dedicated career lasted 72 years. In 1972 Walter retired from the local paper mill after 35 years of employment. This great love of music and contribution to the community began in 1933 as a member of the Fort Frances Civic Band, and in 1979 he retired as conductor/bandmaster.
We are proud of all Dad's accomplishments, but his greatest of all was simply being the man that he was every single day of his life. He leaves a legacy as teacher of music and dance, director of choirs and bands, a thinker, innovator and pathfinder who totally embraced his community always leading by example, all the while displaying a wonderful, and at times, roguish sense of humour. At one time or another, he was a teacher and Father to all of us.
Visitation for Walter will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm with parish prayers being offered at 7:00 pm at Green Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 9:30 am at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Father Henry Lakusta will officiate followed by interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
The active pallbearers will be Joe King, Michael Andrusco, Allan Andrusco, Peter Andrusco, Paul Wepruk and Bill Wepruk.
The honourary pallbearers will be the remaining church and choir members.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church or the charity of your choice in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8
On-line condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com