September 8, 1929-January 1, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family of Alex Krawec of Athabasca, Alberta announces his peaceful passing at the age of 91 years.
Alex was well known for his remarkable work ethic, creativity, ingenuity, integrity, generosity, positive attitude, faith and community, and cultural mindedness. He was a well-known farmer in the Richmond Park area where he and his wife Millie, when married in 1952, worked hard to develop a successful mixed farm and raise their four children. In 1974, he lost a loving wife and mother to his children. He remarried in 1977, and he and Helen farmed until 1982 when they retired and moved to Athabasca.
Alex was involved in his community from an early age. He and his brothers were very musical and in the 1940s formed an orchestra that played at numerous community dances. He started a successful sawmill with his father and brothers, Steve and John, and they supplied lumber to build their homes, outbuildings, and other homes and buildings in the community. With his father, brothers, and community members they built a community hall and several churches.
He served the public as a county councilor, county Reeve, town councilor, and a board member for the hospital, health unit, school, and recreation boards, to name a few.
Upon his retirement from the farm, Alex drove a school bus, the Handi bus for senior transport, was instrumental in building the Athabasca Seniors Centre, the Athabasca Golf Course Country Club, and several memorial cairns.
Alex was an avid hunter and fisherman all his life, a passion he was able to share with his children and grandchildren.
He was always grateful that he was able to travel across Canada, to Mexico, Ukraine, and cruise the Caribbean. His experience in life enabled him to be a self-taught carpenter, electrician, welder, machinist, and basically a jack of all trades. He will be remembered for his many qualities as well as his skill of negotiation, mediation, and diplomacy.
Alex will be greatly missed by his four children, Terrance, Christine (Gerry), Harold (Brenda), Maria (Nick); seven grandchildren, Michael, David (April), Justin (Jessica), Nick (Janice), Camille, Carrie (Tim), Sasha and nine great-grandchildren; brother Peter (Mildred), sister Mary Schwaga; sisters-in-law, Nancy, Sandy, Mary Diane, Jenny, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Eva; wives, Millie and Helen; son Adrian; nephew Ron; brothers Steve and John; sisters Lidia and Annie; brother-in-law Mike, Steve, Pete, John, Nick, Paul, Walter, Everett, George, and Lee; sister-in-law Anne, Annie, Mary, and Lucy.
There will be a public viewing held on January 5, 2021, from 1 – 5 pm at the Athabasca Community Chapel.
A private prayer service shall be held on January 5, 2021. A private funeral service shall also be held on January 6, 2021, at 10 am, at the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church, which will available to view on Zoom-https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86833083528.
In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to St. Peter and St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Athabasca.