TRAMTelephone Retirees Association of Manitoba



BORN: MAR 03, 1925



WALTER MERISLAW (SLAWKO) KRAWCHUK March 3, 1925 - January 12, 2018 It is with great sorrow that our family announces the peaceful passing of our Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, in the early hours of January 12, 2018. With his death comes the end of an era for our family. Walter was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Eileen (2006), great-grandson Devon (2006), mother Eva (2001), and father Nicholas (1975). He is survived by his children, Nick (Carol), Donna-Lee (Adrian), and Gary; grandchildren, Jeanna (Laurence) of Leicester, England, Doreen (Mike), Daniel (Roxane), Dawn (Danny), Vernon (Kamila); great-grandchildren, Dominic, Benjamin and Natalya (of Leicester, England), Joshua and Lucas, Hailey and Alivia, and Portia and Vincent. He is also survived by his sister Nadia and her children, Susan (Brian) and Douglas of Stouffville, Ontario. Walter was born and raised in Winnipeg to immigrant parents. He attended Faraday School and went to St. John's Technical High School. Always a proud "North Ender", he never failed to regale you with stories from his youth which was "The Best" time of his life. Walter cycled everywhere, and notably bought bags of candy "this big" for a nickel. He enjoyed taking the Moonlight Special to Winnipeg Beach with his friends for dances. His parental home was always full of family, some visiting, others living there, the door was always revolving with loved ones. Walter worked at this father's business, Custom Built Upholstery, where he started as a young man doing odd jobs at the factory. Eventually he became their sales representative and travelled across Western Canada. When Custom Built closed it's doors in the early fifties, Walter worked for a short time with CN before securing a position at MTS, where he sold advertising space in the Yellow Pages. He remained at MTS until his retirement in 1985. Walter met Eileen at a New Year's Eve party in 1945, and in June 1947 they were married. They were partners in providing for their family and their home was also a refuge to friends and family; people at a loose end always had a place at Walt and Eileen's at the holidays. They loved to travel, with Walter often saying that if San Francisco was in Canada he would move there. Even in their later years, you would find them holding hands while walking along the pier at Gimli. Walter was a loving (great) grandfather, who enjoyed "kibitzing" with his children. Whether he was playing with "his princess", trying to convince you he was born old (and had lent a hammer to Moses), or trying to give you a pound of peanuts to take home with you, you always knew that he "loved you more." At the time of Dad's passing he was living at River East Personal Care Home. We would like to thank all the staff for their compassion and care. A special thanks to Blendina and Karen who were always willing to help and listen to our concerns. A private service for immediate family will take place as per Walter's request. The family kindly request donations to CancerCare Manitoba or the Canadian Heart Foundation in lieu of flowers. Vichnaya Pamyat


As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 17, 2018