December 13, 2016. OAKVILLE, ON. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) expresses its deep sorrow on the passing of Orest Rudzik, community leader, lawyer and academic. Mr. Rudzik passed away suddenly in Oakville, on December 8.
Orest was a highly active member of the Ukrainian community, becoming the President of the Ontario Ukrainian-Canadian Committee and served as a member of the Ontario Multicultural Committee. From there, he served as First National Vice President of the UCC, and in a variety of positions with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Ukrainian Canadian Professional and Business Federation. Among Rudzik’s greatest contributions to the community is his participation in the Civil Liberties Commission (now UCCLA) during very critical years (1984-1987) when the community challenged unfounded allegations about war criminals hiding in the Ukrainian Canadian community.
“Mr. Rudzik was a dedicated leader, organizer and volunteer within the Ukrainian Canadian community,” remarked Paul Grod, President of the UCC. “He committed himself to building pride in our community, defending the history of our people and standing up for human rights in Canada and Ukraine. Mr. Rudzik left a positive mark on our community and Canada for which we are grateful.”
Orest is survived by his wife Maureen Ellis, two daughters Katherine and Nicola, step-son Kevin (Lippert), step-daughter Kari (Lippert), eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He will be very much missed as a proud husband, father, grandfather and great-granddad. We ask God to remember Orest Rudzik’s family during this difficult time and to grant him eternal life in His Heavenly Home.
On behalf of the Rudzik family, they request that In lieu of flowers, contributions to either the Canadian Diabetes Association or the Senior Faculty at the University of Toronto would be appreciated.
Full obituary available here.