Edwin Ivan Ellaschuk

May 3, 1933

September 24, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Edwin “Ed” on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at St. Ann’s Senior Citizens Village Care Home. Preceding him in death were his beloved wife Joyce (nee Guttormson), as well as his sisters Eunice (Reid) and Dorothy Ellaschuk. Ed’s memory will forever be cherished by his children: Beverly Ellaschuk, Carol Brandes, Shirley (Bob) Carr, and Glen Ellaschuk (Bev Boyko); grandchildren: Elise Carr (Shaun DeCae), Sharisse Carr (Scott Knutson), Bobby Carr (Tenille), Renee Waters, Jessica Brandes (Nick Prentovitch), Jordan Brandes (Taz Yailaqi), Alexandra Ellaschuk; and great-grandchildren: Ivy DeCae; Weston, Baron and Holden Carr; Kenzie, Kylie, and Kinley Prentovitch; Nova Knutson; and Raheem Yailaqi.

Ed, the second child of Elsie and John Ellaschuk, was born on the family farm near Wroxton, Saskatchewan. Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Ed faced numerous challenges and began working during his teenage years. He dabbled in various trades, such as plumbing, sheet metal working, and welding, developing a remarkable set of skills that served him throughout his life. In 1956, Ed embarked on a career with the Saskatchewan Power Corporation, where he remained until retiring in 1985.

Ed’s path crossed with Joyce’s in Watrous, and they tied the knot in 1954 in Saskatoon. Together, they immersed themselves in shared hobbies, such as traveling, camping, fishing, and curling. Greig Lake became a cherished destination for family outings, and during retirement, they spent many summers at Diefenbaker Lake. Ed had a deep love for sports, particularly baseball, and was a skilled guitar player. His diverse set of interests included fishing, hunting various game, flying, and winemaking. In fact, Ed obtained his commercial pilot license in 1969, piloting different aircraft types and holding a seaplane rating. Family trips to various events and annual airshows became a highlight, thanks to Ed’s Cessna-205. Additionally, he actively participated as a volunteer and pilot with CASARA.

Ed’s commitment to serving his community extended to his involvement in the Royal Canadian Legion, thanks in part to his early engagement with the Cadets as a youth. He competed and triumphed in various pool and snooker tournaments, bringing home a multitude of trophies that adorned his basement bar. Adhering to his passion for winemaking, Ed not only enjoyed crafting his own wine but also savored the taste of it. Even in his retirement years, he maintained an active lifestyle, tending to his garden diligently and eagerly picking seasonal berries every morning.

At the time of his passing, Ed resided at St. Ann’s Senior Citizens Village Care Home, where he received exceptional care and support from the compassionate staff. In accordance with Ed’s wishes, a funeral service will not take place. The family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at St. Ann’s for their unwavering love and assistance during Ed’s time there.

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