Nicholas “Nick” Dustak, 86, of 923 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Monday, May 24, 1999 at La Verendrye General Hospital here.
He was born May 13, 1913 in Rainy River, Ont. to the late George and Lena Dustak.
In 1929 at the age of 16, Nick moved with his family to Fort Frances. He attended Teachers’ College in North Bay and taught school for six years. Subsequently, he went to work in the woods for Campbell and Holmes for three years, and also had worked on the Kenora Highway for a couple of years.
After that, he began working with Alex Thompson as an apprentice plumber and later as a full-time plumber. In 1951, he left and joined the Ontario-Minnesota Paper Mill, where he worked for 28 years until his retirement in 1978.
He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances since 1946.
Nick is survived by his son, Frederick of Fort Frances; and his daughter, Marlene Dustak of Ottawa, Ont. Also surviving are two grandsons, Shane and wife, Kathy, and Allan; one granddaughter, Melissa and husband, Derm Norman; one great-granddaughter, Tannika Norman; and one great-grandson, Chad Dustak.
Also surviving are his sister, Evelyn and husband, Norman Wagness of International Falls, Mn.; four cousins, John, William, Steve, and Florence Domitruk, all of Winnipeg, Man.; as well as several nieces and nephews, and good friend, Alden Molnar of Fort Frances.
He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Joyce Dustak (nee Parker) on Dec. 18, 1989; brothers, Fred and John Dustak; and sister, Florence (Mrs. Norman Martin).
Memorial services will be held Friday, May 28, 1999 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home, with Envoys Eric and Sylvia Alcock officiating.
In memoriam donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, Box 444, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.