ALEX MARKOWSKI

  Alex Markowski, age 77, of 806 Fourth St. E., Fort Frances, Ontario passed away quietly, with his son and daughter-in-law by his side, on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Alex was born on August 1, 1929 in Fort Frances, Ontario to the late Nick and Annie Markowski.
Following high school, he worked for various local employers including, Herrem Woodworkers where he varnished skis demonstrating already how handy he was with his hands; J. A. Mathieu Border Sawmill, and at logging bush camp in Flanders, embedding both the love of nature and hard work.
He began employment at the mill in Fort Frances at the age of 17, and worked there for 42 years. At the time of his retirement, Alex was Boss Machine Tender. He would often reflect and share stories about his fellow workers; he had a running lottery system with a core group.
He was a member of St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Attending the Ukrainian Easter service, passing along the traditions to his grandchildren and the lawn care of the church were some of the highlights. He was also a member of the Fort Frances Sportsman Club carrying around the card as an indication of his love of the affiliation with the great outdoors.
Alex was united in marriage to the former Adele Denesyk on July 18, 1953. They enjoyed each other’s company for 50+ golden years of hunting, fishing, gardening and playing “Pay Me”. Adele and Alex spent countless hours together from setting up moose camp in the fall, coring the apples from the backyard tree in preparation for pie making to ice- fishing and summer walleye fishing.
Their only son, Alan, was at the centre of their lives- their proud cheers and traditional ‘cowbell ringing’ followed him from the arena to the golf course from elementary to university educational years. They continued their support in all Alan attempted and succeeded at in adulthood.
This positive praise carried onto Dryden; applause could be heard from Alex and Adele in the hockey stands, soccer pitch, dance and piano recitals, Christmas and church concerts for their grandchildren. Alex will be dearly missed by his family and many friends in the community.
He was also predeceased by his wife Adele Markowski in 2004; one son Mark William Dale Markowski; and one brother-in-law Jack Briggs and his step-dad, Nick Slepko.
Alex is survived by his son, Alan Markowski and wife Carla and their two children, Tianna and Kirk all of Dryden, ON.; one brother, Bill Markowski and wife Leona of Eau Claire, Wis., and one sister Mary Briggs of Eau Claire, Wis.; and numerous relatives.
 Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ontario. The Right Rev. Doctor Oleg Krawchenko will officiate with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances, Ontario. Luncheon to follow the burial, at the Ukrainian Hall- all are invited.
Friends may visit Monday evening from 7 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., prayers begin at 7:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, Ontario.
Pallbearers will be Rod Markowski, Brian Markowski, Shaun Bagacki, Wally Denesyk, Tim Lampi, Ken Faragher and Chad Hughes
Honourary pallbearers will be Ted Scott, Rick Socholotuk, Alex Socholotuk, Morris Krawchuk, Dino D’Agostini, Heikki Lampi, McDonald’s coffee group and other friends and relatives
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to St. George’s Ukrainian-Orthodox Church, Riverside Healthcare or the charity of their choice, in care of Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, ON., P9A 3M8. Alex had a deep love of the outdoors and his grandchildren’s activities, thus any organization that involves kids and/ or nature would be a perfect legacy.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com

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