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STACHIW, Daniel Joseph

May 27, 1955 – November 16, 2011

It is with such deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Danny on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. After a long and very courageous battle with heart disease, he quietly passed in the arms of those who love him.

Missing him are his children whom he deeply loved and to whom he was dedicated, Rory of Wynyard, SK, Shawn, Aaron (Andi) and Samantha of Calgary; his partner and best friend, Leslie Crawford of Cochrane; his mother, Mary of Wynyard, SK; his brothers, Sylvester (Pauline) and Nester (Marguerite) of Saskatoon, SK; sister Patricia (Mike) of Victoria, BC; nephews, Greg (Cory) and their children Robbie and Kallie, Jody (Shannon) and their children Allysen and Jonathen, Sheldon, Marc (Maria) and son Victor and niece, Danielle of Saskatoon; the mothers of his children, Claudia Allen and Josee de Senneville; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins throughout Canada. He was predeceased by his father, Harry, in 1978.

Danny was born in Wynyard, SK on May 27, 1955. He was always a high achiever and hard worker, holding a sharp sense of the dollar from early on. He excelled at the many jobs he held through his early years including farm hand, plucking chickens before school, and bartending at the Wynyard bar before being of legal age. He sold Kirby vacuums throughout Saskatchewan, receiving top salesman awards a number of times. In 1980, he attended SIAST, earning a ticket in refrigeration mechanics and starting his own successful refrigeration business. Beginning in Saskatoon and soon after moving to Edmonton then Calgary, Danny pursued his passion in the investment industry. He excelled at this for thirty-two years, creating many of his closest friendships and doing what he did best: making a dollar grow! He cherished his close and amicable relationships working alongside Rudy Reitveld and Cathy Macleod.

Always a friend and willing to converse with anyone he met, Danny had an infectious optimism and warmth about him. He was always willing to contribute to his children’s endeavors through many years of coaching hockey, one of his many passions, and other volunteer work. He also loved to curl, work out, walk his dogs and listen to music.

In May 2002, he received a Cardiac Transplant after many years of heart failure. He received his heart with love, living a full, happy and joyous life. Recently, his heart had begun to fail and he was again placed on the donor list. Sadly, this did not come to fruition. He was ever grateful and held in very high regard his long supporting Foothills Medical Center Transplant Team of Dr. Deb Isaac, Dr. Wayne Warnica, Bonnie, Joanne, Terry, Barb and Petra. They are a family to him!

Danny created the Dear Heart Foundation, providing financial assistance to those requiring a cardiac transplant. Those who choose may make charitable donations to the Dear Heart Foundation in Danny’s memory please make cheques payable to: The Dear Heart Foundation c/o Macquarie Private Wealth-Suite 2200 440 2nd Ave S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2P 5E9, Attention: Kelsy Nelson.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

A celebration of Danny’s life will be held at RockPointe Church (255024 Lochend Road N.W.) on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Danny Stachiw, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Tom & Cindy Greschner :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. We loved and cherished knowing Dan and the Stachiw family. The memory of Dan’s infectious smile and kindness will always remind us of how special life is.

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  2. Brian, Charlene, Shawn and Adam Dodd :

    Our prayers and thoughts go out to everyone one of you at this very difficult time. We have so many wonderful memories of Danny from our hockey years. Danny will be truly missed by all.

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  3. Elizabeth Morrison :

    I am so sad to hear of the passing of Danny. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. I am grateful for having known him and will cherish his memory always.

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  4. Paula and Chris Maciborsky :

    Deepest condolences to the Stachiw families. We will remember Danny as a man who always had a smile on his face and we shared many conversations while Shawn played hockey in Drayton Valley. Those conversations are now and will always be treasured memories. RIP Danny You will be forever missed by everyone, especially your family

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  5. Gary, Lisa Whelan & family :

    We would like to send our deepest condolences to the Stachiw family. During these trying times I am sure you will draw together to remember Danny and his love of life and his generosity. Rest in peace Danny – the world is a sadder place with your absence.

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  6. Alice and Ingrid Meger :

    our sincere condolences

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  7. It is with our deepest sympathy that my wife Julie and I pass along our condolences. Danny and I worked together from Saskatoon to Edmonton to Calgary and I found him to be friendly, outgoing and just a great co-worker to be with. To his partner and his family, we are sorry about his passing. He won’t be forgotten.
    Jim and Julie Harder

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  8. Catherine Harradence :

    Dear Family and Friends,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Danny! Although it has been some time (11 to 12 years ) since we last had the pleasure of Danny’s company while helping to design the house in Church Ranches, I never lost site of the wonderful and lasting impression that Danny always made! Danny was a very special client who always showed his appreciation for everything we were doing. I was particularly touched by his keen interest in making sure that the children’s rooms were well set up for their studies and things special to each child. Although I will be unable to attend the celebration of life,my thoughts will be with the family.

    Sincerely,

    Catherine Harradence

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  9. Diane and David Stables :

    Our thoughts are with all Danny’s family and friends at this sad time. He always made a point of chatting with us when ever we ran into him, his kindness will always be remembered.

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  10. Lucie Edwardson :

    To the Stachiw family,
    After having spent my early childhood growing up next to Sean, Aaron and Sami it saddens me deeply to hear of the passing of their father Danny. For the short time that I knew him he was always such a kind man and great neighbour. It is clear through his children who respect and look up to their father that he was someone very special. I am very sorry to hear of Danny’s passing and wish to pass on my condolences to all of his family. He will be greatly missed.

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  11. Shirley Larsen & Wendy Werner :

    We met Danny when he first joined the investment industry. He was a kind,gentle, thoughtful man and will be greatly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family and friends.

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  12. cliff & olga(petryshyn) carlsen :

    Sincere condolences to all of Danny’s family.Our prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.

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  13. cliff & olga(petryshyn) carlsen :

    Sincere condolences to all of Danny’s family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

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  14. Alvaro Vasquez :

    Myself and my family (Matilde, Josefina and Sophia) want to offer our prayers and our company to Shawn and his brothers and sister. I am glad I had the previlige to spend a week last year with your Dad. Stay strong and celebrate his great life.

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  15. Bonnie (Baraniuk) Bodnarchuk :

    My sympathy to all the family. I had a very nice visit with Danny this summer at the Wynyard Centennial weekend. I will never forget that as well as many childhood memories as we were neighbors and friends.He will be missed.

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  16. Cindy and Dave Mann :

    We were surprised and saddened to get the news of Danny’s passing. Had no idea of his heart struggles. We curled against Danny for years and also knew him from Church Ranches. He always had a smile on his face. Our thoughts are with you all.

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  17. To the Stachiw Family: I would like to express my most sincere condolences on Danny’s passing. Although my acquaintance with him was brief, I found him to be an inspiring, dedicated, “fully involved” individual, despite the health issues with which he was dealing. His presence will greatly be missed.
    Rich Gagnon, Los Angeles, CA

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  18. DENNIS & ELIZABETH DANZIK :

    Our deepest sympathy to Leslie and the Satchiw Family. Danny’s sincerity and loyalty was understood from the moment you met him.
    Danny was engaged in Life and through his good work, many gained opportunity.

    Many Thanks Danny, Many Thanks.
    Your will be missed, and Always Remembered.

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  19. Danny was a very ethical and hard worker and will be truly missed by all in the industry. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family
    Scott

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  20. Joanne Richardson :

    I was unable to attend Danny’s service as I am out of the country. I do want to extend my deepest sympathy to all of you at this time. Danny was a great inspiration to many of our patients at the transplant clinic over the years. We held him in the greatest regard .
    Sincerely, my thoughts are with you,
    Joanne

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  21. Pat & Loretta Green, Lyndon & Jacob Bzdel :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

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  22. Ken and Candy Weisner :

    Our prayers go out to Leslie and to Danny’s family. We knew Danny as a curling friend and were fortunate to know such a caring, humble and loving person. It is fitting that such a good person would establish a fund to help others. God bless.

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  23. Boothby Family :

    We are so saddened to here of Danny’s passing. Those of us who had an opportunity to know Danny were very fortunate. He always had a smile and a kind word. Our thoughts and prayers are with Leslie and The Stachiw Family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Mel, Dana, Tanner, Riley and Reed Boothby

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  24. Noreen A Grant and Family :

    We are so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. We always enjoyed his company at Sam’s hockey games and tournaments – his enthusiasm and helpful nature were much appreciated. He obviously loved his children and wanted to be an integral part of their lives. He will certainly be missed by everyone with whom he so generously shared his life.

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  25. We are very sorry to read Danny has passed, always enjoyed his chats and his interest in hockey. Welcoming his home to Nic for the “fun times” was always apreciated. A humble, generous man to the team and extremely respectful to everyone, we will remember and be grateul for knowing him. In memory, Trudy, Scott, Kris and Nic Hauser

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  26. Brian, Janet, Joel, Jordan and Kendall Holdaway :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stachiw family. We will always remember Danny for his warm, welcoming smile, his kind words, and his dedication to Cochrane Minor hockey and Inline hockey. Jordy still claims the best skate sharpening he ever had was from Danny in his garage. 🙂

    Danny – you will be missed.

    With sympathy,

    The Holdaways

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  27. Wayne, Cathy and Tanner Gray :

    We were so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing. We will always remember fondly of our chats with Danny at the hockey rink. He was a kind and gentle man. We will keep you all in our prayers.

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  28. John and Henrietta Dyck :

    We were unable to attend the service as we were out of the country but extend our sympathies to Danny’s family. John and Danny curled together in the men’s league and we have all curled in bonspiels. He was fun to curl with and had a very positive attitude; he will be missed by many. John and Henrietta Dyck

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