86, Sydney

With sadness, we the family regret to announce the passing of Mike Yurczyszyn on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born Sept. 28, 1924, in Whitney Pier, Fredrick Street, Mike was the son of the late Fred and Barbara (Byk) Yurczyszyn.

Mike was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mike raised his family of 11 children in the Pier. He was a steel worker for 42 years and also served in the Second World War with the Saskatchewan Artillery. Mike was seriously wounded in Des Plaines, France. On his return home, he was back at Sysco and also worked with the militia in Sydney and the Sergeant’s Mess. He served as a volunteer with the Whitney Pier Fire Department. Mike was a member of the KoC, 1060 Council and longtime member of the Holy Redeemer Men’s Club. He also was a longtime server and Eucharistic minister at Holy Redeemer and member of Whitney Pier Legion, Branch 128.

Mike is survived by his wife, Veronica of almost 65 years; his sons, Michael (Maryena), Frederick (Linda), David (Patsy), Gerry (Glenda), Kevin and Timothy; and daughters, Irene (George), Theresa (Bob), Diane (Mac), Valerie and Joan. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Mike was predeceased by a brother, Bill and sisters, Mary, Katie, Pauline, Madeline and Helen.
Visitation for the late Mike Yurczyszyn will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Friday, July 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Light refreshments will be served at the Pier Community Funeral Home reception area. Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

Family flowers only, donations in memory of Mike may be made to the CNIB, MS Society or charity of your choice.

At this time the family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff of Cape Breton Regional Hospital, nurses, doctors and especially those in CCU who worked so hard for Mike. Also many thanks to Dr. Navin Patel, who took such good care of Dad over the years.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

‘May His Soul Rest in the Peace of the Lord’

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