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Memorable Manitobans: Stephen Senyk (1915-2004)

Musician.

Born at Winnipeg on 1 January 1915, son of Olena “Helen” Raniuk (1896-1985) and Jacob Senyk (1891-1970), he was raised in Winnipeg’s North End, became a professional musician at the age of 13, and was a permanent fixture on the Winnipeg music scene until suffering a stroke at the age of 81. He was a member of the Winnipeg Musicians Union Local #190 and performed locally with Monte Levine, Jimmy King, Jack Crosby, and Ron Paley, among others, playing saxophone and clarinet. He also had a long-standing gig with the Shrine Circus, playing for entertainers such as Chuck Connors and Omar Sharif. He received national acclaim for his musical talents and was recognized in Downbeat magazine. For 15 years, he taught music in the Winnipeg School Division. He shared his love for music with family and friends and was always eager to perform impromptu concerts at any social gathering. In 1944, he met Ann Homeniuk, and after their marriage, they had six children. He died at Winnipeg on 12 February 2004 and was buried in the All Saints Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 February 2004.

“Stephen Senyk,” McBride Family Tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 31 January 2021

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