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Memorable Manitobans: Walter Oleh Romaniw (1944-2016)

Lawyer, community activist.

Born at Komancza, Ukraine on 7 March 1944, son of Semen Romaniw and Olha Bashuk, in October 1946 he came to Canada with his family and settled on a farm near Weirdale, Saskatchewan. They soon moved to Winnipeg and lived in the North End where he attended St. Nicholas School (Immaculate Heart of Mary School) and St. John’s High School. After receiving BA (1966) and LLB (1969) degrees from the University of Manitoba, he was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1970. He practiced as a lawyer in Winnipeg and was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He served on the Board for the Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and Catholic Schools Foundation. He was President of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress for two terms (1992-1998), for which he received the Shevchenko Medal in 2004. He died at the St. Boniface Hospital on 7 March 2016.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 10 March 2016.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 April 2016

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