Steve Orest Andrusiak, known affectionately as Stefan, was born on August 2, 1950, in Montreal. He passed away on September 5, 2023, leaving behind a profound legacy of accomplishments and cherished memories. Steve’s parents, Maria Leskiw and Mykola Andrusiak, preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Larysa, and their three children: Natalie Lisa, Michael Zachary (along with his wife Danielle and an upcoming grandchild), and Paul Stefan (with his wife Meghan and grandson Jacob William). He will also be remembered by his cousins, Andrea Leskiw and Mary Pawlus.
Steve Andrusiak had an impressive educational background, holding a BA from Concordia University, pursuing graduate studies at Carleton University, and earning a Masters in Education from the University of Toronto. Throughout his career in journalism, he made significant contributions to various media outlets such as CTV National News, CFRN Radio, CBC Television and Radio, and TV 9. He represented Canada internationally in matters of media ethics. In the field of education, he served as Dean and Chair at Fanshawe College. Even in retirement, he continued to contribute as a journalist with “Story Village” and “Nasha Kasha.”
Steve’s deep love for his Ukrainian heritage was evident in many aspects of his life. He co-founded the band Rushnychok, which played a vital role in modernizing Ukrainian music. He was an avid fan of the Habs and actively involved in organizations such as Knights of Columbus and Scouts Canada. Despite facing cancer in 2023, he displayed tremendous grace and positivity throughout his journey. Steve Orest Andrusiak’s passing leaves behind a remarkable legacy of hard work, unbridled passion, and cherished relationships.
Visitation will take place at Westview Funeral Chapel, located at 709 Wonderland Road North in London, on Sunday, September 10, 2023, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., with prayers commencing at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, situated at 707 Nelson Street in London, on Monday, September 11, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. His final resting place will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor Stefan’s memory are kindly asked to consider making a donation to Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church (Building Fund), St. Joseph’s Hospice, or the Music Program at Fanshawe College. For more information on how to contribute or leave an online condolence, please visit the website http://www.westviewfuneralchapel.com.