FEDESHKO, Emil John

Emil Fedeshko, 78, of Edmonton, Alberta, lost his battle with Covid-19 on January 5th, 2021, peacefully and painlessly succumbing to this disease. Emil contracted it while in the U of A Hospital being treated for complications related to kidney dialysis. He put up a valiant fight, but in the end he was unable to overcome Covid-19 due to all of his other health issues.

Emil is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Gloria, his son Ron (Rhonda), and daughter, Trina (Terry) Candela, as well as his three granddaughters, Kelsey (Jon Shaw) Fedechko, Taylor (Dean Lay) Fedechko and Sydney McCharles, and his step grandchildren, Hali Ballantyne and Tyler Sheltry. He also leaves behind his 3 sisters, Lillian (Raymond) Konieczny, Lorraine Hill, Louella (Tony) Sloboda, and his sister and brother-in-law Diane Robinson and Ken (Cheryl) Pasieka, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. His parents, William and Mary Fedechko, his In-Laws, Peter and Mary Pasieka, and his brother-in-laws, Orest Pasieka and Robby Robinson predeceased him.

All of the people that knew Emil were touched by his kind and gentle soul, his stellar work ethic, and his wonderful sense of humor. If the work was a challenge, you would always see the tip of his tongue sticking out – It was his trademark and the sight of it will be missed. His sense of humor would make you laugh, no matter the situation. He was an amazing person who will be remembered by all.

Emil was born in Mannville, AB and grew up on a farm north of town. After graduation, he attended SAIT, but always loved the farm and helped his parents out for many years. To this day, he still owns part of their land that is farmed by his godson, Kelly Konieczny. After graduation, Emil settled in Edmonton and always had a garden he was proud of. When not working in his garden, he loved to play the horse races. He studied the Racing Form for hours and took great pride in picking the long shots. Emil always believed in the underdog!! After graduation, Emil had a number of lab technician jobs, but eventually began work with Imperial Oil. He spent his entire 37-½ year career at the Strathcona Refinery in Edmonton and held numerous positions, eventually retiring as a shift supervisor. He truly enjoyed his job and the colleagues he worked with. He held many executive positions on the Valesso Social club and after retirement in June 2008, he joined the Esso Annuitant Club, where he held many positions on the Executive. While work was important to Emil, what was most near and dear to him was the time he spent with his family. Whether it was playing cards on Saturday, trips to Disneyland and Las Vegas in the summer, getting together at Christmas (for which he was always late), or vacations to the west coast to visit his sisters, he always loved having fun with his family. All who took part in these adventures will treasure the memories and laughs forever, but the most memorable thing about Emil was his ability to “nap on demand”. After every meal, he could be seen with his head down and his eyes closed dreaming about his favorite part of the meal, dessert! While Emil’s passing was untimely, his warmth and kindness will remain with us forever.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at the U of A hospital, and especially those in the ICU. They work in extremely stressful conditions but treated Emil with care, kindness, and dignity until he passed. They went above and beyond to allow his family to say good-bye during these times when face-to-face visits aren’t allowed.

At this time a private virtual mass of Christian burial with Father Corrigan officiating will be held, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at noon, to view the service, please visit the following link: https://distantlink.com/SerenitySG.html

A celebration of Emil’s life will be held once the pandemic is in check.

Serenity North Central Chapel
780-477-7500

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John Calder

From HS yearbook : Emil is our hard-boiled critic,always ready with the answer to any question designed to trip him up. He was a good friend through school years. I met Emil’s dad several years ago in Mannville and he was proud of his son and his career with Imperial. He is now returning to his Heavenly Home.

Barrie Shalagan

I was saddened to hear of Emil’s passing. Heaven will be a brighter place with Emil’s arrival although, he leaves a void in our hearts. He was strong but gentle, serious but kind. We can only hope that Emil’s passing will give us a reminder on how we can all live our own lives. Growing up, I always looked forward to Emil’s teasing and quick wit. I will miss you, Emil!

Doug Bodeux

Another work colleague & friend lost – So Sad!.
Our condolences to Gloria, family, & friends.
RIP Emil

Michelle

Our thoughts , prayers and love are with you during this difficult time. Hoping that you can fight through the sadness and share some laughs and stories about the good times that you had.

I know that Emil and my dad are probably napping in their chairs in the eternal sunshine right now, surrounded by all the bunnies, sparrows and magpies that ate their gardens over the years.

Warm thoughts to you all,
Michelle, Jeff and Sadie

Terry Candela

This is a time for us all to remember the good times with Emil he was the most understanding, generous, and supportive person I ever met he always had an ear to listen to me when things got hard always the first to laugh at one of my stupid jokes!
Emil I know your right here with me to talk to and you worried about everyone for long enough you were a great husband and you were a great father and grandfather and now you can finally rest you don’t have to fight for your health your in a great place I will never forget you and I will talk to you and still ask you for your advice
My old friend I just ask one thing save a spot in the most beautiful garden in heaven and I will be there one day and we will be able to plant something together goodbye old friend
Until we meet again. I will love you forever Terry xo

eddie yakubow

My sympathy & prayers to gloria and all the family.I knew email from when i worked in the lab.and when he was president of the esso annuitant club.GREAT PERSON.

Gerri Ryll

I am so sorry for your loss. Emil was an amazing man that I had the privilege of working with at the Refinery.

Ron Gauthier

Remembering Emil as one of the best supervisors I have ever worked for. My sincere sympathy to all the family.
Ron Gauthier

Audrey Karpetz

So very sorry to hear about Emil. I worked with Emil at the Refinery and enjoyed the time spent with him.
May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. He will be forever part of your heart and memories.

Linda Lauzon

Memory Eternal, my thoughts n prayers are with you all. My sincere condolences…☦️

Gail Rhein

So very sorry to hear of Emils passing. He will always be remembered by his beautiful smile and gentle soul. I remember spending my summers at the farm and Emil was always there to help Louella and I with a ride or even to help get us out of whatever mischief we got ourselves into.
Sending my sincere Condolences to you Gloria and to your family.
Gail Rhein

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