We are sad to announce the passing of Marshall Tarapaski of Edmonton on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the age of 94 years.
Marshall was born on the family farm near Innisfree to Andrew and Mary (Zamorski) Tarapaski. As a boy, he loved the outdoors and sports. He particularly enjoyed playing softball with teams in the area. Marshall left the farm at 18 years of age, where his first job was in a lumber camp at Edson (Robb), Alberta. He later worked as a mechanic for three different employers. While working for International in Edmonton, Marshall decided to buy a Caterpillar tractor and work for himself. For the next 15 years, Marshall worked in Athabasca, Rochester, and northern Alberta clearing brush and building roads. In 1953, he married Helen Chernyk. They moved to Innisfree where they started their family. Marshall continued to grow his business and later relocated to St. Paul, Alberta. In 1965, Marshall formed Tarapaski Construction Ltd. The company built roads in northern Alberta until his semi-retirement to Edmonton, in 1990. Marshall sold his equipment to his sons Darrell and Ronald and periodically worked for them as consultant and mentor. Marshall loved his work and was an accomplished contractor and businessman. He was often asked for advice from peers in the construction industry. In retirement, Marshall continued to enjoy hunting, fishing, and travel in Western Canada and the United States. Marshall and Helen continued to love and support their family through retirement.
Marshall leaves behind Helen, his wife of sixty-six years; his six children, Arthur (Carmen), Ronald, Darrell, Glenda, Brian, and Garry; his grandchild, Stephanie Fodness (Jerry); two great-grandchildren, Cohen and Gavin; sister Anne Missouri of Edmonton; two brothers, Walter of Innisfree and Borden of Edmonton, Alberta. Marshall also had three step-grandchildren, Anngimena Rodriguez (Ryan Large), Daniel Rodriguez (Natalie), and Kassandra Ehret (Nicholas); six great step-grandchildren, Troy Large, Rihanna Large, Lola Ehret, Hugo Ehret, Santana Ehret, and Luna Rodriguez. Marshall was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Mary; two sisters, Emily Petryk and Sophie Bow; and two brothers, Peter and Michael.
A private graveside service will be held at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Edmonton, with a celebration of Marshall’s life, to be determined.