Harry Venechuk

Venechuk, Harry

April 1, 1917 – June 1, 2005


Harry Venechuk passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at St. Joseph’s General Hospital, Comox, BC at the age of 88.

Predeceased by his parents, brother John and his first wife Lorna. He is survived by his brother Bill, sister-in-law Polly Venechuk, his wife of 52 years Effie, his children Maria Frederick, Wally Venechuk (Sharon), Joanne Hamilton (Mike), Don Venechuk (Lynn Bell), many nieces and nephews, 8 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Harry worked on the Alaska Highway for the American Army from 1942 to 1943 and then for the Canadian Army. He worked as a hoistman for the United Keno Hill Mines in Calumet, Yukon from 1952 to 1962 and was President of the Union from 1955 to 1962. In 1962 he moved his family to Courtenay and took a job as a hoistman for Texada Mines on Texada Island from 1962 to 1976. He finished his working career with BC Ferries on the Comox to Powell River run.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Musgrave, all the 2nd and 3rd floor nurses, the HomeCare Nurses and Denise Wanless for all the kindness and care shown dad in his final days, Frances McAlonan for her kind words, and to Chaplain Gordon Carter of St. Joseph’s Hospital.

At his request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in his memory.


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