It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of William “Bill” Korchak, of Pinewood, Ont., on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bill was born on June 9, 1935 in Vita, Man. to Metro and Mary Korchak.
As a young man, Bill helped his parents run a large turkey farm and operated a small business with his brother, Boris, in Vita. He also was employed at Chrysler Corp. in Detroit, Mich.
He met the love of his life, Rachel Arpin, at his brother's wedding. On Jan. 10, 1970, Bill and Rachel were married in Pinewood.
On Dec. 18, 1974, along came their pride and joy, a son, Kevin.
While managing the farm with Rachel, Bill led a successful career as a journeyman/electrician. Many occupations and talents were a part of his life, including running his own logging company, as well as being a hand's-on mechanic.
This trade was proudly passed on to his son.
One pastime that Bill enjoyed in recent years was going to the Stratton men's and the Dawson women's fastball games.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Metro and Mary Korchak; brother, Boris; infant nephew, Richard; and in-laws, Larry and Sophie Arpin.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Rachel (Arpin) of 47 years; and his son, Kevin, daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and his two precious granddaughters, Isabell and Samantha, of Sylvan Lake, Alta.
Bill also is survived by his sister-in-law, Josie Korchak; nephew, Dwayne (Kaela) Korchak; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 from 6-7 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., followed by a funeral mass at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at 11 a.m.
The pallbearers will be Dwayne Korchak, Zach Korchak, Ken Korchak, Brian Korchak, Wayne Korchak, Norman Bednar, and Jackson Arpin.
The honourary pallbearers will be Jarvis and Elsie Korchak, Josie Korchak, Jessica Korchak, Kaela Korchak, Elaine Lilley, Skylar Arpin, Hayley Arpin, Joanne Swire, Ruby Fitch, and Willy and Olga Waskul.
Interment will take place in Our Lady of the Way Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the War Amps c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
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