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DEGRAW, Sarah Beth “Onofrychuk”

July 16, 1981 – Calgary, Alberta
April 11, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that the family of Sarah Beth “Onofrychuk” Degraw announce her passing at the age of 36 on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Sarah will be forever remembered by her husband Andy, her precious boys Rider and Samuel, step daughter Meghan, her parents Linda and Barrie Onofrychuk, sister Erin (Dave) & niece Madalyn, brother Scott, sister Jennifer (Tim) & niece Karly (Brad) & their son Zaiden, nephew Rylan (Jordan) & niece Bailee. Her parents-in-law Neil & Marilyn Degraw, sisters-in-law Marci (Jason), their children Cherilyn (Mike) and Noah, Ronda (Paul) & their children Curtis, Garreth & Evan. Sarah will also be lovingly remembered by her many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Sarah was an active member of Calgary Police Services at the time of her passing. During her time with the police services, she quickly earned the respect from fellow officers and was honored with The Keith Harrison Memorial Award and also The Award of Valour.
An amazing athlete all her life, Sarah played volleyball, basketball, track & field and her true love, baseball. She won many awards in each of her sports. In 2010, she won Softball Alberta Fastpitch Player of the Year and Senior ‘A’ Canadian All-Star Shortstop of the Year. In 2017, her and her team won a silver medal for volleyball in the World Police Games.

Sarah was many things to everyone who knew her. She was a loving wife to her husband Andy, a wonderful mom to her boys and a guiding light to her step-daughter Meghan. She will be forever missed by them. She was a hero to her parents and siblings. Admired for her drive, ambition, determination for the goals she continually set for herself, she never gave up until she achieved those goals. She was beautiful inside and out, a kind and gentle spirit.

Sarah will continue to live on through her generous organ donations.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Cochrane, 369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at Centre Street Church “Central Campus” (3900 – 2nd Street N.E., Calgary, AB) on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the church. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (24333 Township Road 242) Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Sarah’s name directly to the Public Legacy Fund http://legacyplacesociety.com/in-memory-of-constable-sarah-degraw-onofrychuk-calgary-police-service/.

In living memory of Sarah Degraw, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE, AB, T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.

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  1. Colleen Perkins :

    Linda, Barrie and family. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Bud/Karen Mould :

    Linda,Barrie & family….. Words can not begin to express our deepest sympathy for you at this time. We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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  3. Debbie (Gibson) Voykin :

    Andy I am so sorry to hear about Sarah – the baseball community has lost a wonderful role model. Sarah always had a big smile for everyone she met and she will be fondly remembered by all her met her and will live on in those she selfless helped with her organ donations – goodbye to special lady never forgotten – our hearts and prayers are with you and your family – Gerry – Debbie (Gibson) Voykin & family

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  4. Mike and Sue Baker :

    Andy, Barrie and Linda
    We are so sorry for your lose. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Sarah was a role model for our daughter for volleyball. She will be missed by all.

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  5. Cody & Valentina Fenton :

    Andy, Cody and I were very saddened to hear of Sarah’s passing. Sarah was a wonderful lady and we knew it from the moment we met her. You, the boys and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    God bless you.

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  6. Meg McDonagh :

    I am so incredibly sorry for you loss, Andy! Your neighbour across the fence.

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  7. Linda and Barry I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. May god be with you during this difficult time, I will be praying for you both.

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  8. Rick and Rhonda Keuben :

    Barrie, Linda and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of Sarah. Our thoughts and prayers are with during this difficult time.

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  9. Ginny & Brian Winter :

    Our hearts are bittersweet as we send our love and prayers to surround you during your time of grief, Andy, Rider and Sam and Meghan, as well as to your extended family.
    You can be so very proud of your wife, Andy, and we know you will be reminded each and every day of her and the impact that she had. She will always be in your hearts and minds.
    May God’s peace and strength be yours in the days ahead.
    You are and will continue to be a great friend and co-worker!

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  10. Jeanine Lebsack :

    Barrie, Linda, Jennifer, Erin, Scott and Andy we are saddened to learn of the loss of sweet Sarah. She was an incredible woman that we were proud to call our family. She had a heart as big as the ocean and her waves of love and kindness touched everyone she met. We offer our love and prayers to you all. ❤️

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  11. Linda Barrie and family, I’m so very sorry for your great loss you’re in my thoughts and prayers xo

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  12. Gail Starner :

    This is such a sad time for all Sarah’s family and for all of us who knew her and loved her. My heart is breaking for my niece. My family and I will miss her very much. Andy, we are truly sorry for you and your little ones. Know how much you are loved and we will always be here if ever needed. To my sister linda and her husband Barrie , Scott , Erin & Dave, & Maddie, our heart are with you keeping everyone of you close in our heart and prayers. Love you all. So very very sorry for not only your loss but everyone who loved Sarah

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  13. Erin I am so sorry for your loss of your sister. My deepest sympathy for you at this time, sending love to you and your family. Your friend, Laureen xoxo

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  14. Wendy Nelson :

    So sorry for your loss Andy, Robin and I are heart broken for you and the kids.

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  15. Nicole (Allen) Malanowich :

    My condolences to everyone.
    I had the honor of playing fastball with Sarah for many years she was a wonderful person.

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  16. Julia and Richard Grohn :

    I am so sorry Andy. She was a wonderful lady and will truly be missed. My deepest sympathies to you, the boys and Meghan. ❤️❤️

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  17. Debrah Wright :

    To all who knew and loved this sweet lady,
    I knew Sarah only from her voice on the phone at CPS. Her professionalism, courtesy and dedication to her vocation and the citizens of Calgary were always very evident. This is truly a devastating loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolence.

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  18. Jane Graham & Glen Fischer :

    Dear Andy, we are so very sorry for your loss; our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. With deepest sympathies. Glen and Jane.

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  19. Andy! Sure not sure what you and both your families are going through! You went through hell as you were younger! You beat that! I have not seen you for a long time , but had herd you landed a wonderful soul, We all have gone through so many losses in our small town ! But no words can explain the loss I feel for you! You are a strong Man and have a great family and friends !! You will move forward! Once again so sorry for your loss! Your friend Ross

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  20. Such a wonderful woman, I wish I had magic words to ease your pain. She made the world a better place in life and beyond.
    Sincere condolences.
    Sending you energy and hugs.

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  21. Vicki Schneider :

    My condolences to everyone.
    I played ball with Sarah for a couple years and she was an amazing ball player, and a kind and wonderful person. With deepest sympathies.

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  22. Knowing Sarah in high school, we were never close, but Sarah was known school wide for her sporting skills, intelligence and kindness. Am shocked that this has happened to someone so young, and I offer my most sincerest condolences to her whole family.

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  23. Caitlin Harbidge :

    The Harbidge family is very sorry to hear about the passing of Sarah. The whole family is in our thoughts and prayers ❤

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  24. Brent & Sheri Schmidt :

    Andy, we are so very sorry for yours and your family’s loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With Love,
    Brent and Sheri

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  25. Shelly and Brent Onofrychuk :

    Linda, Barrie, Andy and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  26. Dennis Starner :

    My sincere condolences for the loss of your beautiful daughter, wife and mother. I will see you in the next few weeks.

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  27. Brenda Romanchuk :

    Hey Andy, as your former co-worker and Sarah’s minor ball coach back in the day, I was deeply saddened to hear Sarah’s life was cut so short. As a teen playing ball Sarah was smart, strong, dedicated and always respectful. From reading everyone’s comments it is obvious she carried those great attributes on into adulthood. Words fail me other than to say my heart goes out to you. Keep Sarah’s memory alive in your heart and children. Brenda Romanchuk

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  28. Robert Dagraw :

    On behalf of my family and myself we send our sincere Condolences to Andy and all of his family at the loss of his dear wife and mother of his daughter and two sons. Uncle Bob Ontario Ca.

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  29. Melody McDougall :

    To Andy and family,

    Truly a heartbreak to lose someone whose whole life was dedicated to helping others. Sarah is an extraordinary sole that was so willing to lay it on the line everyday.
    If there is a positive in this, we know that she is safe and will continue to look over each of us forever. Heaven has garnered an angel.

    God Bless and Take Care Andy, Rider, Sam and family.

    Melody “Lucy” McDougall

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  30. Charlotte Tuck :

    Our thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.

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  31. Melissa Engdahl :

    The news of Sarah’s passing has been deeply felt by those who had the distinct pleasure of playing with and against her in the ladies fastball world. Sarah was a champion on the diamond and was respected for the humble way she conducted herself as a fierce competitor and athlete. Our deepest condolences to Sarah’s family and friends.
    Calgary Hawks Fastball Team

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  32. Andy, the Degraw family and the Onofrychuk family,

    So sorry for your terrible loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Andrea Reid

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  33. Casey Reeves & Family :

    I was fortunate to have met Sarah on several occasions, and though I did not know her well was deeply saddened to learn of her sudden passing. Scott always spoke fondly of his family, especially Sarah, and it is clear she was a great influence on everyone she knew. Words cannot express how much she will be missed, from myself and my family I send my most sincere condolences.

    Casey & the Reeves family

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  34. Full Potential Team :

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss, from everyone at Full Potential Chiropractic

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  35. Carolyn Jewson :

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Andy. I was devastated to learn of your wife’s sudden passing. My sincerest sympathies to you and your family in these difficult times ahead.
    Carolyn

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  36. Theresa Voigt & Jeff Allan :

    As former neighbours of your parents, Andy, please accept our sincerest condolences at the loss of your wife, Sara. God be near you and your extended family. We ask Him to keep you all in His care.

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  37. Heidi Bennett :

    Andy,

    Sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how hard this is for your family.
    Sending our love,
    Jonny, Heidi, Dusty & Billy

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  38. Martha Birkett :

    I am so incredibly saddened by the passing of Sarah. She was such an amazing person. I’ve known her since she was in high school sports with my girls and I must say, she made a mark on me that I will never ever forget. She was always my favourite, (my girls knew that, as I spoke of her often, with high respect) not just for her athletic abilities, but who she was inside. Such a beautiful soul. When I would see her around town, even recently, she always took the time to say hi and flash that beautiful smile. I was happy when she married Andy, as I also felt he was the right man to take her hand. Andy has that same way about him, once you meet him, he touches your heart and has all the qualities that shine from inside, like Sarah. Our world is gifted with the two boys that they brought into this world together. There is some comfort in knowing that she will live on in them. I am so so sorry to All of her family. When days that lay ahead seem tough, I am always available to assist in ANY way. Love to you all, Martha Birkett

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  39. Sheena Johnson :

    I am so sorry to hear of Sarah’s passing. Going through high school and university with Sarah, she was always such a kind and down to earth friend. Despite her many accomplishments she was always so modest and sincere. My condolences to all her family and friends.

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  40. My condolences to those closest to Sarah, you’ve lost someone so very precious. I know that words cannot begin to express the sorrow and shock you must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time, and my heart is broken that such an extraordinary woman was taken way too soon.

    Though I hadn’t seen Sarah in many years, she’s certainly unforgettable. I can very clearly and fondly remember her incredible presence both on and off the courts; she was unpretentious, incredibly skilled yet humble, gracious and kind, and a strong yet quiet leader. May family and friends closest to Sarah be comforted the outpouring of love from all who were blessed to know her.

    My deepest condolences,

    Tanya

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  41. Andy, Family are deepest Condolences for your loss.
    The Downs Family

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  42. Marlis McDouall :

    To Erin and the entire Family,
    I am so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss of your sister, daughter, wife and mother. Words seem so inadequate in these circumstances but know this: Love is immortal. Wherever you go Sarah will go with you.
    My deepest sympathies,
    Marlis McDouall (Joanna’s mom)

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  43. Lyle & Ginny Wilson :

    Gone too young beautiful Lady. Condolences Andy & your wonderful Family. Sending our love from Lyle & Ginny WILSON.

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  44. RIP

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  45. Heather nee Emery :

    Mr & Mrs Barrie Onofrychuk
    I read the Calgary Herald about the untimely and very sad loss of your daughter Sarah and wish to extend my sincere condolences. I remember seeing the photo/article when she was given the Chief’s Award and noted how tall and good looking she was, and from the articles she was certainly an outstanding person and officer. Undoubtedly she will be greatly missed.

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  46. Sad to hear of Sarah’s passing. My condolences to her family, Barry, and Linda.

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  47. Mrs. Audrey Belbin :

    I was deeply saddened to hear of Sarah’s passing so young; too soon. My heart goes out to Andy and his family and to Neil & Marilyn Degraw. May God’s peace and comfort be yours today and in the days to follow. Hugs
    Mrs. Audrey Belbin

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