It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Bill Berezitzky, who passed away at the Canora Hospital, on the morning of February 8th, 2021. He spent his last year at home, where he wanted to be, with his daughter Karen caring for him. He celebrated his 88th birthday ( January 6th ) with Facetime visits and phone calls with his family before falling ill on January 21st. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Helen on March 19th, 2020.
Bill was born at home on the family farm in the Hazel Dell District on January 6th, 1933. He was the oldest son to Paul and Natalka Berezitzky. He would become a big brother to Ann, Pete, Jean and Julia. Bill attended school at Woodrock School. After school he helped on the family farm, as well as for other local farmers. Prior to starting a family, he worked for Pool Construction in Regina before meeting Helen and moving to Red Lake, Ontario. They were married on January 26th, 1957 in Canora, Saskatchewan. They started their married life together in Red Lake, Ontario, where Bill worked at a gold mine. Their first daughter, Judy was born there on July 11th, 1957. From there they moved to a farm near Ketchen, Saskatchewan. The family grew again with the birth of their first son Martin on April 24th, 1959. They lived on the farm for a few years and the family continued to grow. Bill said money on the farm was not good so he went to work at several other odd jobs before starting to work for the Town of Preeceville in 1974. While finding his right fit in the work place, the family continued to expand. Russel arrived on December 14th, 1961 and Karen on October 18th, 1963. They moved to their present home in Preeceville in 1965. The family increased again on January 20th, 1975 when baby Raymond arrived. Raymond was joined by brother Marlen on November 5th, 1978.
Bill will be remembered the most for his huge contribution to the Town of Preeceville through his many hours of volunteer work. This included the Volunteer Fire Department (where he took his turn being chief), the Lions Club (where he even could be caught flipping a pancake), the sports grounds (where he was the equipment manager for slo-pitch and would spend many hours getting ready for the Western Days). When he wasn’t volunteering, he spent time at the Club 60, liked fixing watches and collecting pens. His children and grandchildren will remember Gido for his “huckie schmuckie” dealing, along with his slight lean and wandering eyes during a game of Canasta. The grandchildren also have memories of him playing crokinole and enjoying watching the deer or “chompers” as he would often call them, they frequently visited the yard and helped themselves to the bird feeders.
Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his children Judy (Bernie) Naclia, Martin Berezitzky, Russel (Karen) Berezitzky, Karen Berezitzky, Raymond (Kim) Berezitzky and Marlen (Amy) Berezitzky. His grandchildren Kathy (Dean) Naclia, Joanne (Keith) Kohlsmith, Patsy (Terry) Koturbash, Kayla (Stephen) Lowe, Paul (Callie) Berezitzky, Michael Berezitzky, Ainsley Berezitzky, Jennifer (Ben) Kendall, Ethan Berezitzky, Hannah Berezitzky, Barrett Berezitzky, Elliott Berezitzky, Preston Berezitzky and Jolene Berezitzky and 18 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Bill also leaves behind his sisters Ann Buchinski, Jean Kowaski, and Julia Hearn and his brother Pete (Erma) Berezitzky along with many nieces and nephews.
Memorials in memory of Bill may be made to the Preeceville Lions Club or to the Preeceville Fire Department as gifts of remembrance.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home.
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