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Mr. Ilko Hryniuk, aged 98, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in TBRHSC. 

Ilko was born on July 26, 1916 in Stary-Kuty, Ukraine (then part of Austria-Hungary) to Hryhory and Catherine Hryniuk, the seventh of nine children.  He was conscripted into the Polish Army in 1937 (Poland then occupied that part of western Ukraine), and in 1939 was taken as a POW by the German Army.  Ilko spent two years as a forced farm labourer, and was subsequently sent to work in a submarine engine factory in Hamburg for the remainder of WWII. 

After War’s end he was put in a Displaced Persons camp until he was able to emigrate to Canada in 1947.  Upon arrival in northwestern Ontario, he went to work in the bush.

Ilko married Lillian Myhara in May 1954 and she predeceased him in September 1988.  After working at various jobs he became interested in property development and management.  Also, Ilko and Lil owned and operated North Edward Variety.  Additionally, Ilko worked as a roofer well into his 60’s.

Ilko was an avid outdoorsman and particularly enjoyed angling.  Many fish suppers were consumed at the Hryniuk household and he was able to catch pickerel in his 90’s.

Ilko is survived by his son Dr. Peter Hryniuk (Dr. Karen Douglas), his grandchildren Alexa Hryniuk (David McNally), and Douglas Hryniuk.  Numerous family members survive in Ukraine.

Ilko was predeceased by his parents, siblings, and other family in Ukraine, and his wife Lillian in Thunder Bay.  The family would like to thank the people at TBRHSC for their kindness and compassion.  As per Ilko’s wishes cremation has taken place.  Visitation will be held at the Blake Funeral Chapel on Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  A private interment will be held at a later date.

If friends desire, in lieu of flowers, donations to the TBRHS Foundation or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Ilko Hryniuk will be remembered in the Blake Funeral Chapel Memorial Grove.  Annual dedication service Sunday, June 12, 2016.

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