Sid Pawlowski, beloved husband of Mary Irene Pawlowski, of Edmonton, Alberta passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the age of 91 years.

Sid was born in Vilna, Alberta and grew up on a homestead in that area. In 1949, Sid entered some of his home grown oat seeds in a contest and won the title of “World Oat King” at the Chicago International Grain Show. It was with the money that he won from this contest that he helped to pay for his tuition so that he could get his Bachelor of Agriculture Degree at the University of Alberta in 1954. He later received his Master’s degree in Plant Science in 1959. He then went on to spend 20 years working for the Federal Government as a Plant Breeder. During that time, Sid developed the World’s First pure yellow seeded mustard seed: Lethbridge 22A in 1967. Soon after, he was transferred to the Research Station in Saskatoon where he helped to develop the first Canola seed, named Candle. In 1973, through the Canadian International Development Agency, the whole family was sent to Peru for almost a year in order for Sid to be able to provide assistance to poor Peruvian farmers through various agricultural projects. It was this experience that set the tone for what was a transformative year for the whole family. This transformation triggered a move to St. Vincent, Alberta in 1974, where he purchased an apiary and became a “bee keeper.” So, for the next 20 years, Sid thoroughly enjoyed beekeeping and getting to know numerous farmers in the area. In 1994, he retired from beekeeping and had more time to focus his attention on his fruit orchard. He also spent over 20 years as a volunteer doing palliative care at the local nursing home… helping people to be at peace as they made their way to the next world. Sid was a man of: integrity, compassion, charity, love and very devoted to his: family, friends, church and community. He absolutely loved spending time with people! He will always be remembered for being so kind and caring to everyone he met! Sid had a deep faith and a profound understanding of our heavenly home which gave him a sense of peace which was evident to all who met him. We thank God for having blessed us all for knowing Sid!

He is survived by his wife Mary Irene; five daughters: Chris (Keith) Conrad, Karen (Patrick) Roche, Elaine (Real) Garant, Susan (Glenn) Spiess and Darlene (Reuben) Konnik; his 16 grandchildren: Gary, Caitlin, Jordan, Sean, Peter, Andreah, Julie, Chantel (Daniel), David, MaryAnne, Maximilian, Benedict, Mariska, Jacob, Isabelle, Lucas; and his two great-grandchildren Andre and Joshua. Sid was predeceased by his parents Victor and Anne; five brothers: Michael, Paul, Steve, Stanley, Andy; and his four sisters: Jean, Maria, Barbara and Rose.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 13 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta with viewing of the body starting at 10:00 am. Lunch to follow the funeral mass. All are welcome!

If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Sisters of Charity in St. Paul, Alberta.










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Raymond & Jeanne Boutin

Sid’s positive outlook on life and his gentle and friendly spirit will always be remembered. Be assured that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Raymond & Jeanne Boutin

Glen Hancock

So sorry to hear of my Uncle Sid passing away, a great and talented guy, his sister Barbara (my late mother) spoke of him on many occasions when I was growing up in BC, and I still recall her telling my brother and I about him winning the contest at the International Grain Show in the USA! My sincere condolences to my Aunt Irene, and all family. May you rest in peace Sid, your nephew Glen Hancock will not forget you.

Inger Marie kristensen

In loving memory of Sid, the most caring and kind person. I really enjoyed the time we spent together, both here in Denmark ,when you and Irene came visiting, and from my visits to Canada. You will always be remembered with love and gratitute.
Cousin Inger Marie .

Dennis and Joyce Dibski

I (Dennis) got to know Sid during University of Alberta days in the 1950’s. Joyce and I live in Saskatoon and became friends and neighbours with Sid and Irene when Sid worked at Canada Agriculture in Saskatoon. Sid and Irene are godparents to our son, John. Sid and Irene, Joyce and I love you both and grieve Sid’s death. Our sincerest prayers and condolences go out to Irene and family

Glen and Therese McDonald

Dear Glenn, Susan, MaryAnne, Max, and Ben, We’ve remembered Sid in a Mass at Chesterton House and will have one said in the near future. We feel deeply for you in your loss and grief and assure you of our prayers. We also join you in thanking God for Sid’s life and most of all his eternal life in Christ. Trying to get to the funeral this morning, but the roads don’t look good. If we don’t make it, we’ll spend time in the chapel before the Blessed Sacrament, united in prayer with you.

Linda Woroschuk

Dear Irene and family , We wish our deepest sympathy to all of you . May all your wonderful memories comfort you now. God Bless. Thanks Sid and Irene for being such a wonderful and caring neighbor to my Mom Etna Guinup, we can never Thank You enough . Linda and Norman Woroschuk


To my favourite family in the world, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you now navigate through this time of mourning the great loss of your Father, Grandfather and friend. He carried a great blessing with him wherever he went and touched so many lives. He carried the Family Torch as far as He could. You can lay that torch down or you can receive the honour of it and continue the journey in memory of the vision he had. Realize the blessing of being ‘chosen’ to live under your Father’s favor. Love each of you dearly my friends Pat, Karen, Jordan, Sean, Peter, Andreah, and Julie – Carmen, Cullen and Alyssa Carry

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