Peter Smerychynski

Born: Wed., Mar. 3, 1926
Died: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Prayer Service

7:30 PM Thu., Feb. 14, 2019
Location: Westlock Funeral Home & Crematorium Ltd.

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
Location: St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

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March 3, 1926 – February 7, 2019
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father Pete at the robust age of 92 years.  He is survived by his loving family, 4 children Herb (Barb) Smerychynski, Pat (Dennis) Borduzak, Bonny (Carmen) Properzi and Peter (Teri) Smerychynski; 11 grandchildren , 14 great grandchildren , brothers-in-law, Jerry Smok & Steve (Lillian) Wawzonek, Ed (Beverly) Wawzonek, sisters-in-law, Irene  Smerychynski and Kay Smerychynski, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.  He was predeceased by his loving wife Henrietta of 63 years in 2015; his brothers Walter and Sylvester, sisters Alexandra Haug and Jean Smok; his parents John & Eva Smerychynski, in-laws Jan & Stephania Wawzonek, brother-in-laws Charles Wawzonek & Ernie Haug and his grandson Dennis Blair Borduzak; sister-in-law Doreen Wawzonek.  Donations gratefully accepted to Mazankowski Heart Institute or Westlock Health Care Center Equipment Fund

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terry ross-hardy
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
from your kin wawzoneks in ontario, we are so sorry to hear of peters passing. he was the most kind and warm gentleman...always happy to see us when we came a visiting.....meeting him for the first time last august was a thrill for brooke & matt and they still talk about the farm in westlock. how he will be missed....our sympathies to you all!

Andy & Karen Senko
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to all of the Smerychynski family for their loss.

Alex Ginda
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
I’m very sorry for your loss. Out thoughts and prayers are with you.

Glen Haug
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
I have many fond memories of my Uncle Pete. He was a kind, generous man who always had a smile for you and made you smile in return.

Rick & Corinne Drew
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Herb,Pat,Bonny,Peter & Family’s we are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He alway’s treated everyone with kindness and will be missed by many. Our prayer’s are with all of you at this very sad time.

Love: Rick & Corinne Drew

   Posted Sat February 09, 2019


Shirley & Richard Hollinger
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Herb,Pat,Bonny, little Peter and Families my heart goes out to all of you. This is such a sad day for me. The way life unfolded I grew up at BaBa’s place. Pete was like a older brother to me, he spoiled me. He never made me drink milk, so we melted Jersey Milk chocolate bars on that old black stove in the store. Baba never knew! I love that special gentleman with all my heart and I will miss him alway’s. God’s Speed uncle Pete.

Love: Shirley & Richard Hollinger

Trent Hollinger
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
I am sorry to hear about Uncle Pete’s Passing, he was a good guy. My thoughts and prayer’s are with all of you.

Helen Wiese
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Deb Haug
   Posted Sun February 10, 2019
Herb, Pat, Bonnie, Peter & families
Uncle Pete
Of all the many blessings
However great or small
To have had you for a uncle
Was the greatest one of all
The family chain is broken now
And nothing seems the same
But as God takes us one by one
The chain will link again.
Luv Deb Haug

mary, william jr., and holly meldrum
   Posted Sun February 10, 2019
all our thoughts go out to pete's family. he was a sure great neighbour and friend and always be remembered. god bless you all.

Barry & Lee Symborski
   Posted Mon February 11, 2019
Our hearts goes out to you in your time of sorrow.
Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Larry Irla
   Posted Mon February 11, 2019
My condolences to your family. My Dad was Michael Irla, cousin to Henrietta. I enjoyed the few times I got to talk to Pete. He was always so kind.

My mother, Annie also sends her condolences.

John & Linda Mosher
   Posted Tue February 12, 2019
Peter and Teri
So sorry to hear about your loss, he was a great man and will be missed. Love and prayers to you all.

Andrew & Gail Hoblak
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
Herb, Pat, Bonny, Peter & Families - our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. So many fond memories of growing up with you all, and working with your Mom & Dad on the farm.

Brian Wawzonek
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
Symerychynski Family,
Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Uncle Pete. Uncle does not seem to do him justice, he many times acted as a father to me in my formative years growing up. Both he and your mother Etta were rocks in our family, and your community. There was never enough he could do for you, welcoming us every time like it was our last. So sincere, so generous, so loving.
Our love of Uncle Pete was easily passed on to our children, the far few times we spent time at the farm, are deeply engrained in their memories. The kids remembering Uncle Pete calling a bull “Big John” to come in for feed, both in amazement of Johns size and how gentle and in command Uncle Pete was. The bull seemed seven feet high, with Uncle Pete more like ten feet tall to them.
Teaching me to drive, or letting me fail at it around the yard, telling me I better slow down for the upcoming corner in the fully loaded five ton truck, but letting me do it and aborting the turn at the last minute... taught me lessons in patience, and respect. Respect of power, force and things larger and more powerful than me, things you can tell a teenager but only by letting them do it do they learn it. Lessons I remember today, like it was yesterday... 45 years ago.
The standing invitation to come visit, we were always welcome, and no matter if you turned up unannounced, warm conversation and what seemed like a feast was always brought out.
I learned the meaning of family, real family. Someone I knew I could call with that “one phone call” or in an emergency. I don’t think I ever did, but knowing that option was there... I am forever grateful for.
Of course I can’t forget the time I brought a few band mates out to the farm, to go out and play in the pasture. We brought drums, guitars, amps and a generator. I was concerned we’d bother the livestock, but Uncle Pete encouraged us to crank it up, then promptly left as we did.
Fantastic, deep and wonderful memories I and my family have of our time with your dad.
I remember him lending our youngest son Luke some clean clothes after slipping into a puddle, or likely a cow pie while his clothes got washed. He wore that red jacket proudly, and don’t think he wanted to give it back. But that was Uncle Pete, he would give you the clothes off his back, and raised his family with those same beliefs.
Any time he and I would stop in Westlock, I was always amazed that every person passing by seemed to know him, and made an effort to come over and say hello. He’d introduce me, me beaming for being associated with him.
Your father, grandfather and great grandfather was a man who was deeply respected. Who exuded a quiet, but strong confidence, something you cannot teach. He was one with nature, yet was always prepared for what might come along. Cautious, but caring. Treating his animals with respect. Always ready to accept whatever life threw at him, but not accept it without a fight.
Lessons learned, ones that I will carry forever in my heart, and in my fond memories of him.
As I write this, with tears in my eyes, realize what an influence he was in my life, and I expect many others.

His, a life well lived, a man well loved. What else can you ask for?
Much love,
Brian, Holly, Anna,Adam and Luke Wawzonek

John and Angie Stewart
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019

John Stewart
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Dad .
Thinking of you .

John and Angie Stewart

Marc and Michelle Danylchuk and Family
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Deepest sympathies to the entire Smerychynski family! Peter was a true gentleman and it was our privilege to know him! Rest in Peace!

Terry & Deb Green
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Our most sincere condolences on the passing of Pete. He will be remembered fondly by us both! It is with our deepest sympathy we were away and unable to attend the funeral 🙏🏻.

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