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Gun 10-Apr-22
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From: Gun
10-Apr-22
I know a lot of guys on here have hunted with Mike. I just heard that his Dad passed away yesterday at 85 yrs young. He fell and broke his hip the other day and his heart gave out during surgery. His Mom passed away a week and a half ago. There will be a double funeral. Initially there was a Celebration of Life for Pat this Tuesday evening with internment the next day. Not sure of details yet. Ehor was such a hoot with his stories around a campfire. Those of you that pray please keep Mike and family in yours. Thanks

From: t-roy
10-Apr-22
So sad to hear that! Many thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Ukrainetz family!

From: Bou'bound
10-Apr-22
Prayers for sure. What a tough time for Mike. I am sure he had many blessings each day with his Mom and Dad for many many decades.

From: Supernaut
10-Apr-22
Prayers, comfort and condolences sent. Sorry to hear this. May God bless and keep them all in His hands.

From: BC
10-Apr-22
God bless Mike and family.

From: DanaC
10-Apr-22
Condolences from here.

10-Apr-22
Prayers to the entire Ukrainetz family!

From: pav
10-Apr-22
God bless.

From: Woods Walker
10-Apr-22
Prayers sent.

From: Rgiesey
10-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss Mike!

10-Apr-22
Sorry to hear this sad news, Prayers and condolences for Mike.

10-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss Mike. Thoughts are with you and your family.

From: Hancock West
10-Apr-22
Never met mike but he seems like one of bowsites finest. Will definitely be thinking about him & his family.

From: deerhunter72
10-Apr-22
Condolences and prayers for the family.

From: drycreek
10-Apr-22
Prayers for the family.

From: blackbear62
10-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Mark

From: Scar Finga
10-Apr-22
Prayers for all of them!! It's so hard!!

10-Apr-22
Prayers sent...

From: Nanuke22
10-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss, Mike.

From: Goelk
10-Apr-22
Prayers

From: mrelite
10-Apr-22
Very sorry for your families loss Mike, hope you can find solace that your parents are together again and they don't have to live apart.

10-Apr-22
My son Matt and I were Mike and Jens first hunters at their new Spirit River Lodge in August 2006. Mikes Mom, Dad and brother Phil were there as well to celebrate the new venture. A proud family for sure. Lots of Love. Sorry to hear this Mike. Prayers..

10-Apr-22
Yes. Prayers to those left behind.

From: bigeasygator
10-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss, Mike.

From: hdaman
10-Apr-22
Thankfully, Mike has an awesome family and great friends to support him!

From: Ambush
10-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss Mike. Your Mom and Dad did not have to live apart long, and hopefully that is a blessing and a comfort.

10-Apr-22
Condolences Mike, you had amazing parents. Their legacy lives on!

From: Scoot
10-Apr-22
Sincere condolences and prayers sent.

10-Apr-22
Condolences.

From: Ucsdryder
10-Apr-22
Sorry for you loss Mike.

From: Treeline
10-Apr-22
Condolences to you and your family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

From: azelkhntr
11-Apr-22
My condolences to MU and the family.

From: Bowboy
11-Apr-22
Condolences

From: Rut Nut
11-Apr-22
Prayers sent from PA......................................

I was thinking the same thing, Ambush! Amazing how God works sometimes...................

From: Rocky D
11-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss, prayers sent!

From: Nick Muche
11-Apr-22
Sorry to hear this Mike, condolences.

From: Ken
11-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss Mike.

From: SBH
11-Apr-22
Sorry to hear about your loss Mike. You were lucky to have your parents for so long, that is a blessing. Prayers from MT for you and your family.

11-Apr-22
Our condolences to the family.

From: spike buck
11-Apr-22
Sorry for your families loss Mike...

From: Inshart
11-Apr-22
So very sorry to hear this Mike, prayers to you and your family.

11-Apr-22

Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Ehor Ivan Ukrainetz, 1936 to 2022
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Ehor Ivan Ukrainetz, 1936 to 2022
Thanks Gun for the post and thanks guys for the nice comments. He was my Hero, tough as nails, an old school woodsman. This pic is from 1975.

From: bigswivle
11-Apr-22
Thoughts and prays bud

From: ElkNut1
11-Apr-22
Mike, so sorry to hear this, god bless!

ElkNut/Paul

11-Apr-22

Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
1982, I’m the long haired punk, teenager in the camo spray painted jacket and jeans, my hunting clothes for the day. My Dad is in his hunting clothes too, shorts, rubber boots and no shirt. He could resist the cold like no man. He would leave camp in the morning and hike and hike, staying out all day usually, have a nap, kill a grouse for lunch, cook it over a fire and come back to camp in the dark with no headlamp. No compass, no map, just follow his nose. Occasionally he got a bit lost but it didn’t phase him.

From: Ron Niziolek
11-Apr-22
Condolences Mike. What a tough time for your family.

From: Old School
11-Apr-22
Sorry to hear about your loss Mike. Sounds like you’ve got lots of good memories. Will be praying for you and your family.

From: Whocares
11-Apr-22
Condolences on the loss of both your parents. Sounds like your Dad was quite a guy. Prayers for your family.

From: Mark Watkins
11-Apr-22
Prayers sent north to you and Jen and your family Mike.

I was fortunate to meet Phil and hear some of the legendary mountain hunting stories about your Father when I hunted with you.

Mark

11-Apr-22
Our condolences to the family.

From: tradi-doerr
11-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss, condolences to your family and prayers sent.

11-Apr-22
Mr. Ehor Ivan Ukrainetz, of Calgary, passed away at the age of 85 years. Ehor is survived by his children: Teresa, Paul, Veronica, Michael, Nadia, and Philip, and their spouses, Jerry, Susan, Jen, Kevin, and Sandra; his grandchildren, Katya, Graham, Sean, Neil, Brooke, Tyler, Lukas, Jake, Noah, NoahD, Sadie, Kate, Josh, Amy, and Sarah; and his sisters Evelyn Walsh and Claudia (and Walter) Gardner. Ehor was preceded very recently in death by his beloved wife, Patricia. Ehor was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to Nancy (Shavchook) and Michael Ukrainetz.

He grew up in prairie towns north of Edmonton where his father was a teacher and principal, and graduated from high school in Peace River. Ehor earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Alberta and started on his B.Ed., but left to join the navy as lieutenant in the instructor's branch. He was stationed in Victoria where he met Patricia Rooney, newly arrived from England. They were married July 8, 1961, and honeymooned at a fishing camp in the Okanagan. They started their family with Max the dog and Inky the cat. Teresa soon arrived and had her first camping trip at 1 month of age - Pat carrying her and Ehor pushing the stroller piled with camping gear. In 1963, Ehor and Pat moved back to Edmonton, where Ehor finished his degree and began his teaching career. Paul, Veronica, and Mike then expanded the family. In 1967, Ehor decided it was time to explore new terrain, and the family moved to Calgary, where Nadia and Phil were born.

Calgary's foothills and mountains satisfied Ehor, and he settled into teaching English at Saint Mary and then Saint Francis high schools. He preferred the non-academic track where he embedded his stories into his lessons and many a student found his way onto hunting trips and to the Ukrainetz dinner table. Ehor loved the natural world. Fishing, bird hunting, field trialing, bowhunting, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, canoeing, camping, hiking, birdwatching from his hunting tree stand, old-timers hockey, all critters, and in his last years, gardening and walking with his dogs in off-leash areas - Ehor treasured any reason to be active outdoors. He could climb a mountain with a huge pack, swim a rapid after a canoe spill in the Arctic, and likely even wrestle a grizzly bear. At the same time, Ehor was a gentle soul, a storyteller, a reader, and a thinker. Ehor was never without a dog. He had many but each was special.

Ehor also loved having his kids on his adventures: "Don't get a summer job - you will work all your life - come camping with me." He made it work with Pat's careful budgeting and his own resourceful management of equipment and vehicles. Perhaps the pinnacle achievement was the ancient GMC van: he added insulation and wood paneling, home-made table, and a steel bumper with winch; as pieces fell off, he made plastic windows and ski pole grips for door handles, and bolted broken doors shut. Ehor was a firm adherent to free range parenting. Kids accompanied him as soon as they could keep up, look after themselves, and, if they got tired, find their back to the vehicle on their own. His children grew up to be self-reliant outdoor adventurers and passed on his passions to their children.

Mountain man Dad will be dearly missed by his children and the many others who shared in his epic adventures. As his ever-patient wife Pat would say, life with Ehor is never boring! Pat called Ehor home 10 days after her. Ehor and Pat are together now, yin and yang, a whole greater than the sum of their parts. Our family is grateful to Amica Aspen Woods for providing a home for Dad and Mom in their last year. A double funeral mass will be held at on April 13, 11am with a prayer celebration on April 12, 7pm, both at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 24 St SW). In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent for support of the people of Ukraine to Caritas (https://www.caritas.org/ukraine-appeal-22/).

11-Apr-22

Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Canmore, Alberta moose 1970
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Canmore, Alberta moose 1970
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
A tribute to my Dad that I set up in our hunting lodge. I did the color pencil drawing of him several years ago. He hunted with a longbow a lot too. It was just easier to carry around, he wasn’t too concerned if he got something or not.
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
A tribute to my Dad that I set up in our hunting lodge. I did the color pencil drawing of him several years ago. He hunted with a longbow a lot too. It was just easier to carry around, he wasn’t too concerned if he got something or not.
He killed this moose in Canmore, Alberta in 1970 with a recurve. It was probably one of the first few animals killed in the newly created bow and arrow only zone. My Dad was one of the guys in the Alberta Bowhunters Association responsible for helping create the archery pre-seasons that we now enjoy across the province. He was an ABA president for awhile.

From: BigOk
11-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss.

From: APauls
11-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss Mike. Sounds like you were blessed to have him as a father though.

From: JohnMC
11-Apr-22
Sorry to hear of your lose but what great memories you must have. Sounds like he was a awesome dad. I like the tribute you put together.

From: Helgermite
11-Apr-22
Prayers to you and your family Mike! May our heavenly father provide comfort during this difficult time.

From: SBH
11-Apr-22
What a stud. You must be proud to be his son. Those were some cool pics Mike. Awesome memories.

From: woodguy65
11-Apr-22
Wow what an outdoorsman! Thanks for sharing some pics and stories. Prayers for your family.

From: goelk
11-Apr-22
Thanks for sharing the stories of your family. RIP Ehor and Pat

From: 12yards
11-Apr-22
So sorry to hear this. My condolences.

From: Bigfoot
11-Apr-22
All of us who enjoy bowhunting seasons in Alberta owe him a debt of gratitude. Condolences to Mike, and the entire Ukrainetz family, on the loss of their Mother/Grandmother and Father/Grandfather.

11-Apr-22

Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Me, my kids and my mom about10 years ago.
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Me, my kids and my mom about10 years ago.
My Mom was an unbelievable, support system dedicated to the family. Here she is dropping me and my kids off for another canoe trip. She used to do this all the time when we were kids with my Dad as the leader, and 4-6 of us kids along for one to three week canoe trips. He would have an approximate pickup day, not approximate time. She would patiently wait, no cell phone in some wilderness or campground pick up spot.

From: TreeWalker
11-Apr-22
Prayers to your family, Mike.

From: grape
11-Apr-22
Your mom and dad sound like many of ours that got us involved in the outdoors! Prayers sent for your family.

From: Matt
11-Apr-22
What a fitting remembrance, condolences to your family.

From: petedrummond
11-Apr-22
Sorry to hear.

From: midwest
11-Apr-22
Prayers from Iowa, Mike.

11-Apr-22
Mike, very sorry for your loss.

From: Beginner
11-Apr-22
Sad to lose one parent let alone two. Prayer sent.

From: yeager
11-Apr-22
Sorry for your loss…….prayers sent from Illinois.

12-Apr-22
Thanks again guys for all of your kind comments. It really does help a guy get through this knowing other people care, even if I don’t know many of these people. Bowsite is such a great community!

From: Kurt
12-Apr-22
Mike, You had awesome parents that you will always miss and be proud of! Great way to be raised too!

From: APauls
13-Apr-22
What great pictures Mike.

From: Sawpilot75
16-Apr-22
Mike, I am from the states and have never hunted with you but your Mom and Dad are a true inspiration. What a wonderful couple and the best generation in my opinion. Back when people did more with less and left the world better than they found it. God bless your family and thank you for sharing those precious memories here for us to be part of. All the best.

From: DanaC
16-Apr-22
Another state-sider here, saying thanks for sharing this with us, Mike.

From: Ken Taylor
16-Apr-22
My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Without a doubt two wonderful and very special people.

Thank you Mike.

From: TD
16-Apr-22
Thoughts and prayers to the family Mike. What a great tribute. Sounds like an awesome adventure growing up in that family. I'm sure they're proud to see their son carrying it on.

Take care and God Bless.....

From: Pop-r
17-Apr-22
Prayers.

17-Apr-22

Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Our six siblings and four of our cousins at the Celebration of Life dinner. Lots of tears and lots of laughs. Thanks guys!
Mike Ukrainetz's embedded Photo
Our six siblings and four of our cousins at the Celebration of Life dinner. Lots of tears and lots of laughs. Thanks guys!
Thanks again everyone! I truly had amazing parents. As sawpilot75 said, “Back when people did more with less and left the world better than they found it.” Such a great way to put it! They raised 6 of their own kids on a teachers salary with a stay at home Mom who later went back to be a school teacher too. I say six of their own because we had so many people come up to us at the funeral and say what a big influence my mom and dad were on their lives too. They helped raise a whole village I think? 54 years in the same house.

From: tobywon
17-Apr-22
My condolences to you and your family Mike. As you and your siblings knew, they were awesome parents, but as you hear from others even outside of your family it must be comforting to know your parents influenced so many others throughout their lives. So special to hear those stories and as much as it hurts that they are not physically here anymore, it’s comforting to know that their spirit lives on with so many others that were influenced by them. God Bless.

From: TGbow
17-Apr-22
Very sorry to hear this. Prayers for Mike and his family.

From: DGW
17-Apr-22
Prayers for you and your family, Enjoy the great memories of your parents.

From: Jasper
18-Apr-22
Prayers for Mike and family!

From: kota-man
18-Apr-22
Beautiful remembrance Mike. Condolences to you and your family. Wonderful people…

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
19-Apr-22
My condolences Mike. You are very fortunate to have so many great memories to look back on with your family. They will never be forgotten.

From: carcus
19-Apr-22
My condolences Mike, great pictures!

From: MQQSE
19-Apr-22
Prayers to you and your family.

From: blackbear62
13-May-22
Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Mark

13-May-22
Thanks Mark. It’s sad to not be able to talk to them anymore. They were one of my biggest supporters.

13-May-22
Sorry to hear this Mike...

From: Mt. man
13-May-22
Prayers from Idaho!

From: blackbear62
24-May-22
Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Mark

From: blackbear62
03-Jun-22
Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Mark

03-Jun-22
Thanks Mark for taking the time to send condolences. It’s strange every day for me that I can no longer talk to them. My parents always loved to hear about my Outfitting adventures!

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