We Remember


March 21, 1930 — January 25, 2022

Very Reverend Archpriest Isadore Woronchak died peacefully in his sleep on January 25, 2022. He is lovingly remembered by surviving family: Dianne, his wife of 66 years; his daughter Linda (Nester), his daughter Debbie (Patrick), his son Darrell, & his son Kevin (Joanna); 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his sister Ollie (Harvey), his sister Anne, his sister Jean, his brother Ewhen, & his sister Angie (Gary); as well as numerous nieces & nephews, extended family, and many friends & parishioners.

Father Isadore was born on March 21, 1930, to Nicholas and Barbara Woronchak in Garland, Manitoba. When he was 23 years old, he took his teaching training and in 1953 embarked on a 35-year teaching career at schools in Manitoba and Alberta, and 22 of those years were in Kelowna, BC. In that time, Fr. Isadore was a choir director for church and community for over 30 years. He continued his education, receiving his BA at the University of Manitoba and MA at the University of Spokane.

In 1982 while still teaching, Fr. Isadore began Theological studies at St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg, MB. He was ordained as a deacon on January 26, 1986, serving in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, and other BC parishes. He was ordained into the Priesthood on May 15, 1988, at St. George’s parish in Victoria, BC. Fr. Isadore served Surrey parish for 20 years, then transferred to Kelowna and served until he was 84 years young.

Father Isadore loved sports, he curled, and he enjoyed a game of golf – especially in Hawaii.

Father Isadore and Dobr. Diane’s home was always open to anyone in need of support and refuge, and they were greeted with much love and kindness. Truly an example of a servant’s heart.

The last 2 years of his life were spent at Spring Valley Care Home until the Lord took him home. The family would like to thank all the care staff who respectfully and lovingly cared for “Father”.

The funeral rite of a priest will be held Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 6:30 pm. On Monday, January 31, 2022, at 9:00 am The Divine Liturgy with the conclusion of the funeral rite of a priest will be held at Sts Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1935 Barlee Rd, Kelowna, BC​. For those unable to attend, you are welcome to join online by livestream – see links below.

Вічная Пам’ять/ Eternal Memory

Funeral rite of a priest, Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 6:30 pm, LivestreamClick Here

The Divine Liturgy, Monday, January 31, 2022, at 9:00 am, Livestream: Click Here

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