William Nykyforuk, Q.C.
April 4, 1924 – October 24, 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Nykyforuk in Kelowna, at the age of 85. Bill was born and raised in Wakaw,
S a s k a t c h e w a n . Following service in the Air Force
during World War II, he attended the U of S, graduating
with a B.A. (History) and an LL.B in 1950. Bill practiced
law in Saskatoon for almost 40 years and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1968. He also taught business law at the U of S, served as chair of the Board of Referees for the Unemployment Insurance Commission and sat as a part-time Judge in the Provincial Court. Bill married the love of his life, Jean Jackson, on September 3, 1954
and together they raised four children. Bill was an active member of St. Martin’s United Church, Nutana Rotary and Riverside Tennis Club. He also served on the boards of Scouts Canada and Oliver Lodge. In 1997 Bill, Jean and daughter Ellen moved to Kelowna. Bill was active in
his church, Probus, Amnesty International and the Society for Learning in retirement. Bill played tennis up until his 85th birthday. He also enjoyed gardening, reading, listening to opera, exploring the Okanagan Valley and
following the fortunes of his favourite team, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Bill treasured his time with family, especially the annual summer reunions
in Kelowna with three generations spending many happy hours together swimming, walking, picnicking and playing tennis and football. Bill was a kind, humble and generous man who lived his life with honesty and integrity. He always saw the best in people and enjoyed talking to
friends and strangers alike. He had a special appreciation for our natural world and the beauty and wonder of nature.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, Philip Nykyforuk (1944) and Mary Nykyforuk (1972) and sister Jen Petrosenko (2006). He is survived by his loving family: wife Jean; children Ellen, Tom (Deborah), Ann (luc) and Philip
(Mary); grandchildren David, Noella, Jean-Philippe, Marc-André, William, Lauren, John and Christina; brother Michael Nelson (Edith), sister Anne Stoesz and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Kelowna General Hospital who cared for Bill during his illness and also the many friends who supported the family during these past few months.
A memorial service will be held at First United Church in Kelowna on Novermber 7, 2009 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Doctors Without Borders or the First United CHurch memorial Fund.