William (Bill) Chychul


With heavy hearts, we announce that William (Bill) Chychul passed away peacefully at his residence on May 18th, 2022 with immediate family by his side. Bill was 87 years old. Bill will be dearly missed by his loving wife Patricia, his daughter Loretta (Dale), and his two grandchildren (Colton and Paige) who were his pride and joy.

Born in Myrnam Alberta, Bill was a quiet, private man who was so very proud of his Ukrainian roots. As a self-taught accomplished violinist for over 60 years, he entertained “many” with traditional Ukrainian music at various public and private events, including the Ukrainian Village and the Pysanka Festival in Vegreville. In 2015, the Vegreville Cultural Association inducted Bill into the Canadian Ukrainian Music Hall of Honor for his contribution to the culture. Bill always believed that music “lit the soul”.

A Celebration of Bill’s life will take place during a private memorial on June 26, 2022 for Bill’s immediate family and closest friends. The following poem best describes this gentle man…

“He never looked for praises
He was never one to boast
He just went on quietly working
For the ones he loved the most.

His dreams were seldom spoken
His wants were very few
And most of the time his worries
Went unspoken too.

He stood strong and firm
Through all our storms of life
A sturdy hand to hold onto
In times of stress and strife.

He was someone we could turn to
When times were good or bad
One of our greatest blessings
The man we called Friend, Husband, Grandfather, & Dad.”

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12 Condolences

Ken Smoliak

Dear Pat & family.
I just heard about the passing of Bill Chychul (4 months later). I knew Bill for many years and always found him to be an inspiration for me to play the fiddle in the band. I did for 4 years and found the experience to be a great feeling of achievement. I am sure Bill enjoyed this experience as well. Although he was must better than me.
I am sending my deepest condolences to you Pat and your family.

Jim & Joy Leskewich

Our deepest condolences to you Pat and Loretta, Dale, Colton and Page. We are thinking of you at this most difficult time. May the warm and special memories you shared bring you comfort in the days ahead. Bill was a true and cherished friend & has left a musical legacy for all. With deepest sympathy and love, Jim and Joy Leskewich

Kathy & Tom Farquhar & Family

Dear Loretta and Dale and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Cherish the memories!!

Diane Zurawell

Loretta, Dale, Colton, Paige and Mrs. Chychul, We are so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a special man and will be missed. Sending you all our sympathies, prayers and hugs. May your memories and God’s comfort help you get through this difficult time. Diane, Bill, Brandon and Evan Zurawell xox

Cindy, Dave, Nathan and Tanner Barclay

Loretta, Dale, Colton and Paige: Our hearts go out to you in this time of sorrow. Take care and hold onto each other. Thinking of you.

Wendy McQuatt

Uncle Bill will be deeply missed. I loved the family functions when the music would start, I was up dancing a storm. My Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to Auntie Pat, Loretta, Dale, Paige and Colton.

Marvin & Darlene Serediak

Pat, Loretta, Dale, Colton and Paige, Our family was so saddened by Bill’s passing. Bill was such a kind and caring man to his family and friends and was always there for us to lend a hand or offer advice. We attended many Chychul Hoedowns and always marvelled at the pure joy in Bill’s face when he tucked his violin under his chin. May he Rest in Peace and May his Memory be Eternal.

Jean Chychul Kwasnycia, Derwent

I’m proud that he was my cousin and he was always so kind to me. May he Rest In Peace with Our Father.

Ellen Chychul

Family functions will never be the same without Bill’s presence. I’m so proud to be part of this family , and extend all my sympathy and love to you all. My God’s peace and comfort help you through the days ahead.

Alexandra Tustin

My thoughts are with you all, I remember meeting Mr. Chychul when I was young, spending time with Loretta learning to make Ukrainian Easter eggs (which I still have!) and he was always happy to be around and listen to music and stories. My deepest condolences to you all.

Michele Marhuk

Pat, Loretta, Dale, Colton and Paige
We are so sorry for the loss of Bill. He was a wonderful and kind man that I will always have cherished memories of. Always a smile on his face and music in his soul. Talented beyond words. One of the best and devoted husband, dad and gido I have ever met! We always have a special place in our hearts for Bill. Love and peace to your hearts. Godspeed Bill. You will be missed! Xoxo
Michele, Darren and family.