November 6, 1935 – February 13, 2021
After a life well lived, William “Bill” Sanchuk (“my parents were too poor to afford a middle name”) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife and family. Bill was born 85 years ago in Chatham, Ontario and is predeceased by his parents George and Anna Sanchuk (Lutzka).
He will forever be missed by his beloved wife of 63 years, Mona (St. Pierre), and cherished always by his children, Deb (Jeff Myers) of Victoria, British Columbia, Mike (Tammy Marlyn) of Oshawa, Ontario, Tim of Oliver, British Columbia, Karen, son-in-law Ed Rusal, and Ken Charron (Kim), all of Chatham-Kent, Ontario.
“Gido” treasured his grandchildren, William Sanchuk, Byron Sanchuk, Shelby Buis (Zack), Jackson Myers (Audrey Bai), Rachel Myers and step grandson Damien Johnston, and they treasured him in return. He is also survived by in-laws Marie Barnier, Frank Baute, Lena St Pierre, and Betty and Gary Walden. Dad was at the centre of a large “Mutual Admiration Society” consisting of in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
He was a devoted husband, warm and loving father, playful grandfather and a friend to all. He was genuinely welcoming to everyone and brought life and laughter to every gathering. His “Gido-isms” will live on through all who knew him.
Dad was selfless, sincere and fun-loving; a man full of kindness and decency. Quick to laugh and slow to judge, he was universally loved. His great sense of humour endeared him to everyone he met.
He retired from Navistar in 1994 after 32 years. He was an avid golfer and a busy divot-fixer. He loved playing every game ever invented, with fun as the only objective. He enjoyed cruises, travelling widely and had bragging rights to have visited all the provinces and territories and all 50 states.
Many thanks for the extraordinary care provided by Dr. Wheeler and his staff, along with the efficient care co-ordination of Cheryl from the Erie St. Clair LHIN. Even though “I’m in great shape for the shape I’m in”, the kind, compassionate care of nurses Kerry and Lisa, as well as the caregivers from the VON and Bayshore still “took care of me like a sick duck”. They made it possible for Dad to remain at home, where he wished to be. Special thanks to Deacon Morgan Treacy for his kind friendship and spiritual guidance. Sincere appreciation to our angels Ruby and Gary Charron, Carol Sanchuk, Kent Parker and Joyce Urbanski for their many kindnesses and support. Also, thanks to so many others, too numerous to mention, who offered support and helpful gestures. We are eternally grateful.
Cremation has taken place; the details regarding the Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
“My strength is like the strength of ten because my heart is pure.”