(From the Obituary in Winnipeg Free Press) Eugene had a passion for community work on many levels – educational, political and literary. He belonged to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and was the President of the UCC in London for over 20 years. He was also the President of the Education Commission of the UCC Ontario Council and initiator of the annual festival of the Living Word – Djevoho Slova. As president of the Heritage School Commission of the UCC, Ontario, he was the editor of the quarterly handbook publication Ridnoshkilnyk. He was president of the Commission for the decolonization of the USSR, a member of the Commission for National Rights and of the Ukrainian World Congress. He translated Jerzy Jedrzejewicz’s Noce Ukrainskie albo Rodowod Geniusza – a biographical novel about Taras Shevchenko – from the original Polish and published it in Ukrainian as Ukrainian Nights or the Genealogy of a Genius.
The Canadian Federal Government bestowed upon him the 125th Anniversary Canada Medal. He was honoured by the Government of Ontario for his many years of committed work to democratic principles and responsible citizenship, and to the promotion and retention of the Ukrainian cultural heritage. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress awarded him with the Shevchenko Medal. For his work in Ukraine after its liberation, the Ukrainian Orthodox Patriarchy in Kiev bestowed upon him its highest honour (even though he was Catholic). He also received a medal from the Ukrainian government for his work on both the political and cultural level.