2011-06-13 Paul (Pawlo) Behun


Paul (Pawlo) Behun

In Loving Memory of Paul (Pawlo) Behun 1927-2011.

It is with immeasurable sadness that the family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. Paul, surrounded by his loving family, passed away peacefully on June 13th, 2011 at the Finlandia Nursing Home.

Born in Coniston, June 7th, 1927 to parents, Anne and Iwan Behun, (both predeceased) and later stepson to Nicola Zarychanski (predeceased). Paul was married to his beloved wife Angela (Bilowus) Behun for 60 years. He was a loving father to Mary Evanochko (husband Bill), Sonia Meyer (husband Pete) and John Behun (wife Jody) . Gigi to Derrick (Shannon), Krystine, Steven (Stephanie) Katie and Amber.
Brother to Bill Behun (wife Jennie) Barrie, and his family Dan (Peggy and family) and David (Jenny and family ) all of Barrie, ON. Brother-in-law to the late Al and Anne Dolchewski of Powell River, B.C., Olga Krawec (late Roman) of Toronto, Sonia Hucal (Slawko) of Sudbury, John Bilowus (Olga) of Hamilton. Godfather to Morris Hucal, David Behun and Weecho to many others.

Paul also had a long and special relationship with his two neighbours Carmen and Gerry Geoffrey.
On August 27th, 1943 at the age of 16, Paul was hired at INCO at the Coniston Smelter. He was only 116 lbs of workman, and his first job was carrying 100 lbs bags of cement. After that he worked his way through many departments from maintenance to carpentry, and was the one who closed the doors at the Coniston Smelter when it was shut down. He retired in 1985 from the South Mine after 42 years on the job. Not being one to sit idle, Paul became an instructor at Cambrian College to help teach the Millwright course which he enjoyed for 8 years. 

Paul was a founding member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. He served for many years as both President and Maintenance man. He was also the Cantor, singing each Sunday at Mass and at many weddings and funerals. He was also a member and Cantor at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church. Every spring Paul could be found trekking through the bush searching for pussy willows for Ukrainian Palm Sunday. He took great pride in going to every parishioner’s home on Ukrainian Christmas to carol for the residents. We estimate that he did this for at least 65 years.

Paul was a generous and “jack of all trades” handyman, whose motto was “Man Make, Man Break, Man Fix” and could be seen driving his truck throughout Coniston with either a lawn mower, rotor tiller and tools in the back ready to help out in someone’s backyard. Paul and Angela along with their children, were very active in the Ukrainian Community. Gifted with a beautiful tenor voice, Paul was a soloist for the Sudbury’s Dnipro Choir. He travelled throughout the world; Canada, USA, Argentina, France, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, and the Ukraine. In his retirement years Paul liked to cross country ski around Baby Lake and other local hot spots. He was proud that he could do a three mile trek back and forth without breaking a sweat. He was a member of the Coniston Credit Union Board of Directors for over 10 years.
Paul loved his children and grandchildren, and always wanted to know and be involved in all that they did.
Special thanks to Emily, Joanne, Paula, Tina, Dan, Janet, Beverley, Hannala and all the staff of Finlandia Nursing Home whose names are too many to mention for their compassionate care and support.
Vichnaya Pamyat-Eternal Memory
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