Mihichuk, Orest

It is with heavy hearts the family of Orest Mihichuk (affectionately known as Big “O”), age 82, announce his passing on Friday, June 19, 2020 at Riverside Health Care Facilities. Orest was born on March 22, 1938 to Lena and Frank Mihichuk and was a lifetime resident of Fort Frances.
Orest will be sadly missed by his wife Iris (Smutylo); his son Michael Mihichuk (Terri); his daughter Angela Siemens (Kelly); his grandson Dawson Mihichuk; and step-grandchildren Jacob and Katie Siemens.
He was employed for many years as a Beater Engineer by the Ontario-Minnesota pulp and paper mill, retiring on April 1, 1994.
He was a life long member of St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
In his younger years Orest enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, baseball and playing cards. After retirement he spent many hours golfing, watching every kind of sports and tending to his garden, especially his tomato plants.
Twenty-three years ago Orest received a liver transplant and always encouraged everyone to register for organ donation.
Orest is also survived by his sisters-in-law Kornelia Zygmont, Lisa Cameron; and brother-in-law, Daniel Smutylo; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Lena Mihichuk; In-laws Harry and Zina Smutylo; brothers John Mihichuk, Matt Mihichuk, Victor Mihichuk; sister Jenny Rizzo; sisters-in-law Marie Mihichuk, Olga Mihichuk, Muriel Mihichuk; brothers-in-law Frank Rizzo and Stanley John Zygmont; nieces Nina Coran and Rose Marie Wagner.
As per Orest’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will follow at a later date.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church Fort Frances, c/o Ann Wood, 242 Sixth Street E, Fort Frances,ON, P9A 1W7. Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home.
Those interested in organ donation please register at https://www. ontario.ca/page/organ-and-tissue-donor-registration