Albert Joe Woloshyn
Peacefully on January 8, 2019, at the age of 81 years, Albert Woloshyn passed away at the Invermay Health Centre.
Albert was born May 15th 1937 to Michael and Nellie (Anastasia) Woloshyn on a farm near Pelly, SK. Albert attended St Philip's school after which he had various odd jobs before he started hanging around Harry's Bakery in Kamsack. Eventually the owner of the bakery told Albert to either work for him or get lost. Albert accepted the job offer and then met a young woman working there named Rita Denbrok. After a short courtship, Albert and Rita were married in early 1962. Later that year Rita gave birth to their first son Sheldon and shortly afterwards they moved to Swan River, MB and started their own business, the Sunrise Bakery.
Their first home was in the Sunrise Bakery until the business was up and operating. They then purchased a house in the town of Swan River. In Oct of 1965, their second son Brent was born.
In 1972, Albert and Rita purchased a farm east of Swan River where Albert could continue with his passion of farming while still running the bakery. Over the next 14 years, Albert continued to operate their business while expanding his farming operation. During these years, Rita and Albert were busy working at the bakery and raising their 2 boys. They built a beautiful house and created a yard to be admired by many. They sold their bakery in 1986 and enjoyed spending endless hours in their yard at the farm and at their cabin in Wellman Lake.
Albert loved to socialize and enjoy the outdoors, first at Madge Lake and then later on spending many summers and winters enjoying the cabin life at Wellman Lake.
After a lengthy illness, Albert lost his beloved wife Rita to cancer in November of 1990. Albert continued to live on the farm and then eventually expanded the operation to include cattle. Albert discovered he had a knack for producing an excellent herd of Black Angus cattle. Sale time at the auction mart was an exciting day for Albert. He was so proud to receive top price for his cattle and would also enjoy the celebration after the sale.
In 2011, Albert sold his cherished farm and eventually moved into the town of Swan River.
Albert enjoyed to travel and took many trips to Mexico, BC and the East Coast area. He would spend hours talking about his trips to Halifax and the time he would enjoy there with Sheldon and his grandchildren. He also loved to spend time with Brent and his family at Canora Beach and enjoyed numerous pontoon rides and a game of horseshoes at the dunes.
Albert loved to spend time with all five of his grandchildren. They adored their Farm Papa and he adored them. He was always there to attend hockey games and dance recitals. When his grandchildren were around, Farm Papa always had that sweet smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. He was also very proud of his two sons and would spend endless hours discussing numerous topics with his boys.
Albert’s health started to deteriorate in the fall of 2017 and after a lengthy stay in the Swan River hospital, Albert was transferred to the Invermay Health Centre in June of 2018 where he resided until his passing.
Albert will be dearly missed by his son Sheldon of Halifax N.S. and his granddaughter, Kelly and her partner Chris, his great grandson Jackson, his grandchildren, Alex and Nicole and their mother Jayne. Also left to cherish his memory are his son Brent and Leanne of Canora SK and his grandson Zack, fiance Lisa, and his granddaughter Breanne. He will also be missed by his sister Linda Calasuonno, and his sister in laws Joyce and Audrey and their families. Albert will also be dearly missed by his numerous sister and brother in laws, nieces and nephews of the Denbrok family. Albert will also be dearly missed by numerous lifelong and close friends.
Albert was predeceased by his wife Rita, his parents Michael and Nellie, his brothers Lawrence and Edward Woloshyn, and numerous family members of his extended family.
We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all of the caregivers at the Invermay Health Centre for the love and compassion they gave to Albert. We would also like to sincerely thank all of the friends and relatives that would spend many hours visiting Albert at the hospital.
You will be missed and we will forever cherish the memories.
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba
6 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB R3L 0K6