William Sanchuk

William Sanchuk

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.

Bill requested donations in his memory be offered to Chatham-Kent Hospice. https://www.chathamkenthospice.com

“My strength is like the strength of ten because my heart is pure.”


49 Comments on “William Sanchuk”

  1. Our condolences Mona to you and your family, you all have great memories of Bill. He will be with you always.

  2. Our life will never be the same without Bill we will miss him but he has a permanent place in our hearts. Gus is going thru chemo & I know he is sitting right next to him coaching him on. Gus has found strength and Bill showed him how to fight for his life. We will miss you Bill you left us to soon, love you.
    Blanche & Gus

  3. Mona & family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We always had such a great time with you all and lots of laughs with Bill. He was a generous kind man. Always enjoyed our chats at Food Basics on Thursday mornings when he was able to go for groceries. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
    Brian & Shirley

    1. Thanks so much Shirley and Brian. He surely is missed, he did leave us with many funny or crazy memories.

  4. Our condolences to Mona and the entire extended Sanchuk family on your the loss of a husband, father and grandfather. May you find a sense of peace at this difficult time.

    Carol/Rob McNiff (friends of Karen and Ed)

  5. Dear Mona and family, Bill was definitely one of a kind. He was never lost for words whether it be a joke or a time when he knew you needed support. He was loved by many including me. May your pain be softened by the wonderful memories and the legacy he left. XO Maureen and Jim

  6. Dear Mona and families
    From meeting in Florida and summer garden parties we’ve had a ball anytime the Sanchuk’s were there ! Bill’s quick wit and smile embraces young and old and soon you’re laughing and smiling right along side.
    Our family is blessed because we met you both. Thank you for the magic Bill… this world can always use more Magic Bill.
    Love and hugs
    Perry and Deborah Furlan and family

  7. Dear Mona and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and yours……Bill will be missed……You are in our thoughts and prayers xo
    With deepest sympathy,
    Tony, Cristina Perini and family

  8. Mona and Family,
    Sending our condolences to you and your family at this very difficult time.

  9. My sincerest condolences to Karen and all the family on the loss of your loved one – my heart goes out to you and I am keeping you close in prayer ~ Linda Nagle

  10. To The Sanchuk Family

    We are very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing him at the bank. He had such a great sense of humor and a beautiful smile. May the love and memories you share help you through this difficult time.

    John and Terri Warren

  11. My sincere condolences to Mona and the entire Sanchuk Family on the loss of Bill. He was such and great Guy with that warm and infectious smile and positive outlook . May his love and memory live on and help you through this difficult time .

  12. My condolences to the family. Deb and Jeff I have such fond memories from early elementary years of your dad. Always smiling, laughing and so much fun. Your parents welcomed kids into your house just like we were their kids. Many cherished memories. Take care.

  13. Mona we are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing, our memories of times together are very special for us.
    We are so happy that we have our memories of a wonderful man and friend.
    Sending peace and love to you and your family Mona. Peter and Fay.

  14. Sending our sincere love and compassion to Mona,Kim,Ken and family on the passing of a Special Man as Bill.He always had a smile on his face,a kind word and a dance in his step.Bills sweet and gentle nature will always stand out in our hearts and minds.Hugs to you all.

  15. Mona & family-Sincere sympathies. We grew up golfing at Indian Creek and it was like an extended family. May he Rest In Peace and you continue to remember those precious stories. Lori (Price) Couture & Tom Price Jr.

  16. Our sincere condolences to you all. We always loved visiting with Mr. Sanchuk & family!: he was a class act.

  17. My sincere condolences Mona and family.
    Deb and Jeff I have such fond memories from early elementary years of your dad. Always smiling, laughing and so much fun. Your parents welcomed kids into your house just like we were their kids. Many cherished memories.
    Take Care

  18. To the Sanchuck families,

    So very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.
    He was always to personable and engaging.
    He will be missed.
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Doug & Mary Anne Hodgson

  19. It was with great sadness we just heard of Bill’s passing. May God give you the strength to endure this time of sorrow. We will always remember Bill as the fun loving guy he was. It was a pleasure to have known him.

  20. To Deb & Jeff and the entire Sanchuck family, we are sending our thoughts and prayers, love and support at this difficult time. We are so very sorry for the loss of your father.

  21. Bill will be forever missed by so many! He was the definition of a true gentleman. His smile and kind demeanor will always
    be remembered.

    Cheryl Crow

  22. One of the finest humans we ever knew. We truly loved you Bill Sanchuk XXOO Cheryl & Jimmy

  23. Dear Mo and Family
    I’m so sorry and deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Prayers Always
    Maureen (the other Moe) Countryman

  24. Dear Aunt Mona, Deb, Mike, Karen, Tim, and all the family,

    We are so sad to hear about Uncle Bill. You have our deepest sympathies. He was simply a great human being and we will miss his smile and sense of humor so very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through these difficult times. Hope to see you all soon!

  25. So very sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Bill.
    He was certainly a one of a kind. Generous and funny, kind and clever. His persona is reflected in his kids.
    Our thoughts are with you all.

    Dave and Brenda Baute

  26. Sending deepest sympathies and heartfelt hugs to the entire Sanchuk Family. Bill was a shining star with a gentle soul. May fond memories bring you comfort at this time.

    With Love Heather

  27. Mona, Mike, Deb, Tim, and Karen,

    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. We remember those good times we shared many years ago. His kindness and sense of humour, and his way of finding good in everyone, is what we remember most.

    Love, and big hugs,
    Janice and Steve Stubitz

  28. Mona and family — My condolences on the death of Bill. I remember you as Anne Marie Crescent neighbors when we lived on the corner.
    May he rest in peace and may you all bask in the happy memories.

    Marj Tinline

  29. Dear Mona:

    Our deepest condolences on Bill’s passing. Your memories will help keep Bill’s life and love for all of you close to your hearts

  30. Phenomenal gentleman ..the unexpected Santa Claus at our deck when the kids were young ..our condolences

  31. Hi Mona, I am so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Its been many years since we were neighbours on Standaert Drive. I see Marie playing cards at Blessed Sacrament before this pandemic. I just found out today about Bill and my prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  32. Mona, Deb, Mike, Karen and Tim – I was so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing and my deepest condolences to all of you. When I think of my childhood, I have so many fond memories of spending time with your family and when I think of Bill what comes to mind are kindness, humility, sincerity, fun loving, and generosity. May he rest in peace.

    Sherry (Gilhula) Duffy

  33. Mona, Reg and I would like to express our sincere condolences on your loss of Bill. You are missed from the neighborhood .

  34. Mona & Family
    I just heard of Bill’s passing it has been many years since I have seen the two of you! All the best to you in the years to come. Take Care!
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time .

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