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Harold Sastaunik

Harold Sastaunik

Wednesday, November 29, 1933 - Monday, August 24, 2020
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Harold Frederick Sastaunik was born on the farm in Bateman, SK, on November 29, 1933, and passed on August 24, 2020. He attended Piche School there and after a series of moves, including to a farm near Grayson, Melville, and Vancouver, BC, he happily settled back in Melville; he was very proud to call Melville his home.

Dad took up his trade in the meat business, which he thoroughly enjoyed and supported his family of his wife and four boys. He started at Finkeldy’s Meat Market, IGA, and finally to OK Economy Stores, where he proudly spent most of his career as Meat Manager for 34.5 years. Dad was a people person and was known far and wide. He was well respected in the company by many, something he cherished.

Dad met our mother when she asked him to borrow his car for a driving test. It was a love story that never ended. He cherished her forever, devoting his time and love as he visited her daily in the nursing home after her stroke and the onset of dementia. Dad’s most important concerns were for his family, and he never failed to be there for each and every one of us. Even though he was very proud of his accomplishments, one of Dad's proudest moments was when he was recognized by the Canadian Blood Services for his 130th blood donation, one of the top donors in Saskatchewan. He spent 13 years volunteering with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a host, meeting many new people who became friends. Dad was a “people person” and a “giver” who would help anyone, talk to anyone and easily made friends out of complete strangers. Dad’s love for life was infectious, and he made a point to live by that every day; he said that being positive was a choice to live by and is an essential practice that his four sons still live by today. Dad was a man of incredible common sense and could reason any situation to a happy conclusion. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church played a huge role in his and Mom’s lives, where he volunteered on church council and as a deacon. Dad’s faith in God kept him in good hands until he had to leave us.

Harold was predeceased by his parents, Philip and Mary (nee Printz) Sastaunik; mother- and father-in-law Jacob and Katherine (nee Keller) Erbach; in-laws Leon Ness, Val Sastaunik, Harold and Phyllis Erbach, Albert and Tillie Erbach, Donald Erback, Henry and Mary Rathgeber, Ernest and Janet Rehbein and Harvey Friesen; nieces Lori Sastaunik and Donna Ness; nephews Kim Sastaunik, Darcy Dietz, Darren Erback, Garnet and Brent Rehbein, Dennis Murphy and Chris Nicholson.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Lydia Sastaunik; his children: Gary (Mona); Douglas (Lisa) and family Zachary (Olivia), Nicholas (Josea) and Thomas; Jeff (Christine) and family Brandon (Alandra) and Austin (Atyra); and Glenn (Marilyn); brothers Art, Lloyd (Billie) and Ken Sastaunik; sisters Pearl Ness and Doris Dietz (Carl); brother-in-law Gilbert Erback; sisters-in-law Violet Wiebe and Lyona Friesen; as well as many nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.

We would like to thank his neighbours and friends, too numerous to mention, for the incredible help and care they have given our family. We would also like to thank Dr. Eshawesh, the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital and St. Paul Lutheran Home for their compassionate care.

Husband and father, mentor, teacher, a humble soul who enjoyed people, a team player who gave his all. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who was loved by his family and friends. Rest in peace, Dad, and know that we love you.
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    Friday, August 28, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 28, 2020 11:00am
    The funeral service is private for immediate family, but will be live-streamed on Matthews Funeral Home's Facebook page. In keeping with Covid-19 regulations, the family invites you to watch the stream rather than attending the services.

    The stream can be watched, even by those without Facebook accounts, by going to the address below.
    Rev. Kim Sherwin
  • Interment

    Melville City Cemetery
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    Friday, August 28, 2020


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Coralee Danyluk

Posted at 10:16am
Glen and family....I was so sad to hear of your Dad's passing. He was such a wonderful man who was always full of smiles and stories! Hold your memories of him close to your heart! Deepest sympathies

Al Brischuk

Posted at 04:20pm
We were saddened to hear of "neighbor" Harold's passing. We have many fond memories of chats over the west fence at our home on Jubilee Crescent. Harold was always friendly and willing to assist with advice or help. We remember his well kept lawn and yard; which he took pride in! May his memory be eternal, rest in peace good and kind servant! Al and Cathy Brischuk, Alexander and Alynn and families.

Gale Banerd

Posted at 10:27pm
Gary, Doug, Jeff, Glenn and families,
It was with great sadness that we learned of the loss of your Dad and our great Uncle Harold. I always enjoyed our visits, we had lots to talk about and shared a lot of laughs. He never failed to ask about Bryan, our daughter and our grandkids and we shared stories, with mutual pride, about our families and the joy of parenthood and being a grandparent. I admired him for his love and dedication to Auntie Lydia and ‘his boys’! I know that he was a great brother, a helpful neighbour and a loyal volunteer. I will never forget his excitement at telling me about his attendance at the Rolling Stones concert. In the days ahead I hope that you will all find comfort in the knowing that your Dad was loved and respected by not only his family and friends but by his employer and employees, his neighbours and all the organizations that were blessed with his involvement.
Thinking of you all at this sad time,
Gale and Bryan

Doug & Lisa Sastaunik Posted at 08:45am

Hello Gale and Bryan! What a wonderful way to sum up our Dad's life. You are so right,and in so many ways. He will leave a huge hole in many people's lives, especially mine.It has been a very stressful journey, but thank you guys from the bottom of my heart! Doug

Al. Litzenberger

Posted at 09:46am
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family,I worked with Harold at O.K. Economy in Melville years ago,great man to work with.

Betty klus

Posted at 11:50pm
Our sympathy in the loss of your dad Harold. He was indeed a kind man. He would always stop to talk and ask me about my cows or the farm. I will miss his smile and genuine concern.

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