HARASYMCHUK, Rev. Fr. Theodore Taras — August 23, 1927 - October 4, 2016
At Ian Anderson House, Oakville, on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the age of 89.
Beloved son of the late Paul and Daria Harasymchuk.
He will be dearly missed by his family: Theresa Kolisnyk and Nicolas Tjelios; Janet and the late Willy Harasymchuk; Roxanne and Michael Harasymchuk. Fr. Ted was born in Roznochenchiv in the Ternopol region of Western Ukraine to Paul and Daria Harasymchuk.
After his parents and he immigrated to Canada, Fr. Ted grew up at St. Josaphat Cathedral where his parents were very active in the parish.
Fr. Ted graduated from De La Salle College and entered St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto for his theological studies.
He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Most Rev. Bishop Isidore Borecky on May 4, 1952 at St. Josaphat Cathedral.
Fr. Ted served briefly as an assistant at The Holy Protection of the Mother of God in Toronto and was transferred to Montreal where he served his first seven years as priest at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church. There he did some marvelous work with the youth.
The faithful of the parish truly valued his pastoral work with everyone. His next assignment was Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) where under his leadership the congregation erected the beautiful church of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God.
From the parish base at the Holy Protection of God, Fr. Ted served a number of mission parishes - Red Lake, Geraldton and Nipigon. He also served several years at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hamilton.
There, too, he put great effort into his pastoral work. Fr. Ted retired from pastoral work in 1974 and continued studies at Niagara University in Buffalo where he received a Master's Degree and later served as a counsellor at Sheridan College in Oakville.
He returned to pastoral work and served at St. Joseph Churhc in Oakville from 1994-1995. Fr. Ted lived out his last years as a resident of Ivan Franko Seniors' Home in Mississauga where he served as a chaplain.
Resting at St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 143 Franklin Avenue, Toronto on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 7 – 9 p.m. with Panakhyda prayers at 7 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy to be held at St. Josaphat's Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10 a.m.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Ivan Franko Home, 3058 Winston Churchill Blvd., Mississauga, ON.