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ARSENYCH, Stephen Andrew

April 27, 1929 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

June 26, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Stephen of Calgary, AB, passed away from heart failure on June 26, 2019 at the age of 90 years.

Stephen graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.F.A. (Drama) and then an LL.B. after making a promise to his own father, J.W. Arsenych, QC a prominent Winnipeg lawyer who became the first judge of Ukrainian descent in the British Commonwealth. Stephen practiced corporate and resources law in Regina for many decades with the firm of McPherson, Leslie & Tyerman (now MLT Atkins).  He also found a way to express his passion for acting by participating in the Regina Little Theatre and performing in a variety of film and television roles as well as being a narrator for CBC productions.  His proudest accomplishment was performing the title role of Louis Riel in John Coulter’s “The Trial of Louis Riel” for its first decade of summer performances starting in 1967.

Stephen was an avid punster to the amusement or trauma of those around him.  The sign on his apartment door said: “Everyone is entitled to my opinion!”  A performer right to the very end, his presence would light up a room and get everyone engaged. When two chaplains recently came to him to sing, he whispered “Enough hymns, where are the hers!”  He will be missed.

He is survived by his much-loved children and grandchildren, Jim Arsenych; his daughters, Alexandra and Ana Maria; and their mother, Morella De Castro; Jeffrey Arsenych; and Jessica Boulter; and her son Justin, all of Calgary; and the father of Justin, George Boulter of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Stephen was predeceased by a dear son, Jonathan; and his former wife, Patricia Edna Brown.

At Stephen’s request, there will be no formal ceremony.  The family plans to inter his ashes near those of Jonathan in Regina later this summer. If friends so desire, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice.  Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Stephen Arsenych, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6,   Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Louisa Chiarella

    Dear Jessica, Dear Jim, Dear Jeff,
    It is with great sorrow that I heard your dearest father passed away. He now rests in peace.
    My deepest sympathy goes to you and all the members of your family.
    I will be keeping you in my prayers.

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  2. George Boulter

    Jessica, Jim, and Jeff. My condolences on the loss of your dad. Steve was a commanding presence and generous man who loved his family. He exuded respectability but also had a great sense of humour and hearty laugh. I think his favorite quote was “I may not always be right, but I’m never wrong!” I have very fond memories of Steve and trying to wrest the northern Manitoba cribbage championship from him and trying to beat him at racquetball. His generosity did not extend to anything competitive, including sports and card games. You would have to earn it. It’s a wonderful obituary but missing so much of his rich 90 years. Steve was very well travelled, an avid patron of the arts, scuba diver, actor, lawyer, cook, worked on the railroad, helped build his family log cabin at Clear Lake, Manitoba, and spoke only Ukrainian before attending public school, plus much more. Of course his greatest legacy of of life well lived is his family.
    My prayers are with you.

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  3. Audrey Prendergast

    I offer condolences to Stephen’s family, with gratitude for his long and well-lived life. The Arsenych family were prominent among the many Regina families who welcomed us, newly arrived from the UK in 1969 with four little girls, as we settled into a new life in a new country.
    I have many good memories of those days, with Stephen as a genial host – and who could forget the buffalo overcoat !
    Rest in peace, dear Steve.

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