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.