1940 – 2020
Alex Kurylowich was the first born to Annie (Lylyk) and William Kurylowich on September 20, 1940 on the family farm on the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border.
Alex attended Benito School until the age of fifteen when he quit to work on the family farm. At the age of sixteen he started his working career at various jobs; from dray hauling mail and groceries, Benito grocery store clerk, hydro damming in Grand Rapids, grain elevator worker in Swan River, and at the Esterhazy Mine. Alex then got a call from Swifts Meats in Yorkton, where he worked for six years; and then went on to work at Roblin abattoir for five years. Alex decided to have a change of pace and moved home. He, along with his brothers and youngest sister, bought and ran the pool room in Swan River for five years and then sold it.
For Alex’s next adventure he and his brother Joe decided to build and run A & J’s meats with the help of Eugene, Peter, and Violet; and that’s where his love for butchering began. After ten years in business, A & J Meats was sold, and Alex went to work for the Village of Benito for fifteen years until his retirement.
In his free time Alex loved hunting, fishing, watching sports, baking everyone’s favourite foods, and supporting all his nieces’ and nephews’ activities. Alex’s greatest passion was being a proud member of The Father Siry Council Knights of Columbus as a Grand Knight in Benito and serving the church for many years.
Alex will be greatly missed by three brothers and five sisters: Doreen (Ron) Gabel of Yorkton, Peter (Doreen) Kurylowich of Benito, Julia Kurylowich of Edmonton, Vickie (Eugene) Duchnitski of Yorkton, Gene (Sonja) Kurylowich of Outlook, Bernice Burtnack of Wadena, Joseph Kurylowich of Lorette, and Violet Riehl of Benito; as well as eleven nephews, eight nieces, and seventeen great nephews and nieces; and numerous cousins and friends. Alex was predeceased by his mother Annie, and father William Kurylowich; two brothers in law Adam Burtnack and Al Riehl; and niece Carla Gabel.
If friends so desire, donations in Alex’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Church – Memorial Fund.
Swan Valley Funeral Services
363 Kelsey Trail, Swan River, Manitoba
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Canadian Diabetes Association
Box 1224 Station K, Toronto ON M4P 9Z9
Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Church
Benito MB R0L 0C0