Miron (Morris) Paranica, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Battlefords Union Hospital at the age of 93 years. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Heritage Hall - Western Development Museum. A Private Family Interment will follow at the City Cemetery.
Morris was born on December 7, 1927 in Berezhnytsya, Ukraine, to Fredrick and Florence Paranica. He immigrated to Canada in 1936 with his mother and sister Jennie to meet his father who had immigrated 8 years earlier. They homesteaded near Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. He attended Moline school and later Cooperation School when they moved to the farm south of Rabbit Lake. At 16 he left home to work for Miners Construction and Royal Dairies and then to work in logging at Pine Falls, Manitoba. He moved to Leduc, Alberta to work in the oil fields and then as a butcher at Canada Packers, returning home to help his father on the family farm. It was in Edmonton where he met his wife.
Morris married Anne Kotun on October 29th, 1960 at North Battleford, Saskatchewan. They made their home on the Paranica farm south of Rabbit Lake, before moving to North Battleford in 1969. Together they raised four boys: Brian of Saskatoon, Daryl (Nicole) of Edmonton, Grant (Kristy) of Grand Forks, and Kevin of North Battleford. Morris worked for the City of North Battleford for 23 years before retiring in 1993.
Morris had a lifelong passion for farming. He continued to farm while working for the City and in retirement with his son, Kevin, until he was well into his eighties. Later, he enjoyed tending to their gardens at home and on the farm, fishing, playing cards, visiting with friends, trips to the farm where he grew up, and an occasional afternoon at the casino. He loved playing ball on the street and board games with his grandchildren, Tarek (24), Jordyn (18), Maya (17), Abby (16), and Grace (16). He was devoted to his family and he had a youthfulness about him that kids immediately recognized and loved and that he kept until his passing.
Morris is survived by his wife Anne, his 4 children and 5 grandchildren, his brother, Raymond Paranica (Wanda), brothers-in-law: Bruce Wilson, George Kotun, Paul Kotun, Henry (Claire) Kotun; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Bill's Wife) and families; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, sisters Jenny Ernest, Florence Friesen, Mary Wilson and brother, Bill Paranica; brothers-in-law: Ben Friesen, Andrew Kotun; sisters-in-law: Catherine Kotun, Katie Kotun and Eleanor Kotun.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of Morris can be directed to MS Society of Canada
250 Dundas Street West, Suite 500 Toronto ON, M5T 2Z5, Canadian Cancer Society 1910 McIntyre Street Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 2R3 or to the BUH Foundation Po Box 1358 North Battleford, SK S9A 3L8. Arrangements have been entrusted to Robert MacKay of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium.
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