November 11, 1940 – May 28, 2018
There comes a time when we must say Goodbye – It is with profound sadness I announce the peaceful passing of my husband and soul mate Eugene Michael Hyshka on Monday, May 28, 2018. Gene was born on November 11, 1940 to a Ukrainian family, the fifth of seven children. Gene was a man of few words but had a deep and abiding faith in God; which gave him comfort in his final hours. Footprints in the Sand was meaningful. He started his career in the hotel business at the Bessborough in Jan. 1959, as a bus boy, waiter, banquet captain, sales, banquet manager and finished as Executive Assistant Manager leaving in 1985 due to failing health. We enjoyed visits to the fine hotels including the Royal York in Toronto, Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg, Hotel McDonald in Edmonton, Hotel SK in Regina, Banff Springs, Jasper Park and Palliser Hotel in Calgary. We also enjoyed a vacation to Hawaii to check out fine hotels and dining spots. He had a strong work ethic. It all started at the downtown castle – The Bessborough. Gene endured much. He suffered a brain aneurysm Dec. 1983 at which time he learned he had poly cystic kidney disease. He spent three years on dialysis before his prayers were answered for a transplant in Dec. 1998. Sadly it failed in 2000 and he was back on dialysis from April 2000 until his passing. You would never hear him complain or ask for anything. He would thank his caregivers many times over before they left the room. He fought so hard for so long. He wanted only the best for everyone but never asked for anything. Gene married Dorothy Patterson on Thanksgiving, Oct. 1984 which would be symbolic of his life. Gene & Dot transferred their church memberships to St. Martin’s United Church April 6, 1986. Thank you to the current minister Rev. Brian Walton for visits and prayers. Gene was predeceased by his only son, Darryl Hyska (1991), his parents, John and Mary as well as by a sister and brother. He is survived by his loving wife Dot; his daughter Debra Shaw; one sister and three brothers; and many nieces and nephews. Gene had requested to bequeath his body to the Department of Anatomy College of Medicine U of S but this was not meant to be. No Memorial will be held. To honour Gene please consider being an organ donor or honour him in your own way while having your toast and coffee or by doing a random act of kindness. We would like to express our deepest appreciation for the care of Gene to Dr. Richard Baltzan, Dr. Jody Spelay, Dr. Shukla, and the late Dr. Marc Baltzan. Also to the Hemo Dialysis Units both in St. Paul’s and the Cameco Community Unit. We would like to Thank the staff of the Medicine Units of St. Paul’s Hospital, Lisa the music therapist, the Abilities Council, the First Responders for their many trips and Access Transit for all their care, and many others that touched Gene’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eugene’s memory to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation (1702 – 20th Street West, Saskatoon, SK S7M 0Z9) or Sask. Abilities Council (316 – 2nd Ave. N, Saskatoon, SK S7K 2B9). Arrangements are in care of John Schachtel – Mourning Glory Funeral Service (306) 978-5200.