Don Stefanyk, aged 68, passed away at his home in the early morning on Sept. 13 after a battle with leukemia. Don leaves behind his wife Beatrice, brothers Jack (Salmon Arm), Garry(Langley) and his sister June (St. Albert) and many nieces and nephews. Don was born in Swan River, Manitoba on May 21, 1944 to Bill and Nancy Stefanyk. The Stefanyk family later moved to Mannville, Alberta where Don received his education. After his schooling, he moved to Enderby where he lived with his uncle and aunt, John and Mary Stefanyk and worked at some of the local sawmills. Looking to begin his business career, he moved to the coast where he bought a battery recycling business. He later took a position as foreman at Bogardus Wilson Glass and then at M & M Glass. Don married Beatrice Rhodes in July of 1979. Don and Bea lived in various locations on the lower mainland and then upon retirement, found a beautiful spot to live in Blind Bay. Don enjoyed his retirement years traveling and working part-time at Budget Rentals where he worked until his illness.
The last days of his life were spent at home where he was lovingly cared for by his wife, Bea and his sister-in-law Trish.
A memorial service for Don will be held in the chapel of Broadview Church in Salmon Arm on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salmon Arm SPCA.
Online condolences can be sent through Don’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com