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Christopher Roy Galusha (Chris) was born on July 16, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ont.

Chris passed away, with his family by his side, on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. Chris's passing was unexpected.

During his growing up years, Chris was raised on the farm north of Barwick by his parents, Roy and Joyce Galusha, along with his two brothers and three sisters. Chris attended Barwick public school and then went on to Fort Frances High School.

Through the years, Chris continued helping on the farm and cutting wood working with his father. When high school graduation was upon him, Chris was not sure what path to follow, so he filled out an application for the mill and was hired.

He then met the love of his life, Pat Beaulne, and they were married on April 24, 1971. Over the years, two natural-born sons arrived and a chosen daughter. Chris was involved in all aspects of their lives. He totally loved his children. He often took them hunting for golf balls at 5 in the morning; Chris right along with them in the ditches of water searching for balls.

Chris was by their side for all sporting events, be it soccer, running, or football. Family and family activities were very important to Chris.

Chris loved camping, fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking, and baking, and also sewing. Chris would sit patiently and sew all the ripped pants. You could be sure your pants may be blue but you could have pink, red, or yellow thread down the front when he was done. The colour didn't matter to Chris. Everyone that needed a hem could count on and be prepared for flood pants!

Chris was “quite the cook,” als well. He liked to ensure the family was well-fed while not wasting a bit of food. Everyone was fed but ground up liver burgers did not go over well!

Love and marriage then came to Chris and Pat's sons. God blessed the two of them with four beautiful grandchildren. From that moment on, Chris's whole life became trying to be there for any of their needs or wants. All four of them would always say, “Poppa . . . you are the best” and he was the best!

Chris retired from the mill at the age of 58 after working as a painter in the mill for 39 years. It was his time to just live life. Chris has loved and been loved.

Chris will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Pat; children, Darryl (Leah), Nathan (Wednesday), and Denise (Fern); and grandchildren, Socorro, Callum, Griffin, and Isabella; as well as his mother, Joyce; siblings, Kathy (daughter, Tara), Peggy (Ken), Jim (Wendy), Ruth (Barry), and Bill (Brenda), and Pat's family whom he loved like siblings, Terry (Debbie), Lonnie, Debbie (Fernando), Hope (Aaron), Stewart (Donna), Brian (Tracey), and Ian.

Also left to mourn Chris's passing are many nephews and nieces, along with great-nephews and nieces.

Chris was predeceased by his father, Roy Galusha; two infant sons; and his mother-in-law, Isabel Stanley.

A celebration of Chris's life will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Barwick Hall.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Salvation Army, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the Diabetes Association by cheque c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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