James Peter Dmytrow

September 5, 1950 – October 25, 2021

It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the death of our beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, James Dmytrow.  James passed away on October 25, 2021, at the age of 71, peacefully, at his home, surrounded by his family. He fought his relentless battle with kidney cancer for over 18 years. He persevered through every obstacle and challenge with courage, optimism, and hope.

James will be deeply missed by his wife of forty-nine years, Fern, his daughter Cory (Jared) Campbell, son, Adam (Olivia) Dmytrow and his precious granddaughter, Amelia Dmytrow. He leaves behind his brother Leonard (Lorraine) Dmytrow and his sisters, Shirley (Glen) Kurian, Cathy (Lance) Honke, and Delores (Kevin) Franzen and brother and sister in-laws Myrna (Rae) Corder, Bob (Helen) Trowsdale and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Peter, and Anne Dmytrow and his brother, Joseph Brian (in infancy) and in laws Chesley and Sadie Trowsdale.

James was born in Winnipeg. During his childhood, the family lived in the city and in Prawda, Mb.  In 1972, he married his soulmate and best friend Fern (Trowsdale).  He worked for the CN Railway in the signal department for seven years. After the birth of their daughter, James and Fern decided to settle in Hadashville and make a home there. It was at that time James became business partners with his father in the logging and lumber industry. In 1984, James purchased his own sawmill and equipment and started up his own company, Dmytrow Forest Products Ltd, which he operated in Hadashville. In 1994, Fern and James relocated to East Selkirk where they’ve resided ever since. During these later years, James diversified his business, shifting into raw wood products of pulp and firewood. Although logging was his passion in life, due to his health issues James could no longer work at the pace he was accustomed to, and in 2009, he decided to sell his business and retire. After his retirement, you would rarely catch James sitting idle or relaxing. That wasn’t his style. He remained busy, doing landscaping and mechanical repairs for people he met in the area, who fast became his good friends. James spent endless hours working in his shop. In the past year his latest project was a full restoration of a 1926 Ford Model T. The antique car turned out amazing and we are all so proud.

James and Fern enjoyed travelling and went on many trips throughout Canada and the United States. They would often plan trips to places they wanted to visit and would take in a Springsteen concert whenever they could. They both fondly remembered their trip of a lifetime to Europe with their good friends, Paul and Judy, where they made many cherished memories.

James found joy in many things – camping, boating, and fishing with family and friends when the kids were younger. He enjoyed his dogs, curling, and gardening; growing more veggies than they knew what to do with. He would end up giving much of his crop away to friends and neighbors. In the past few years, he dabbled in recreating his mother’s dill pickles, and would make his rendition of rhubarb and wild plum jam.

James truly enjoyed being a grandpa and was so happy when his granddaughter Amelia arrived. Whenever she came to visit, she’d ask to go out to “Grandpa’s Sop” to see what he was up to. She would ask to sit in one of his cars and pretend to drive, while he worked on it.

James was genuine, hardworking, compassionate, and uncomplicated. Never one to mince his words, he said what he thought. He was remarkable in his own way and made a difference in the lives of the people who knew him well. He was proud of his children, and their successes. James lived his life with unwavering determination, courage, and confidence to accomplish his purpose. At the end of his life, he had few regrets. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his friends and family. We will honor and cherish his memory forever.

Cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at a future date.

Special thanks to Dr. P. Czaykowski, Dr. D. Drackenberg, and Dr. G. Balko for their expertise and compassion throughout James’s long fought journey.

Dad dwells among the angels now

He left us much too soon

He glides across a golden field

Above the harvest moon

Author Unknown

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7 thoughts on “James Peter Dmytrow

  1. Jack Kowalchuk

    James was always a very caring person. He took pride in his work and was truthful and honest whenever discussion revolved around forestry operations. He truly loved the outdoors and he was always happy listening and observing wildlife. He loved a challenge and he was not afraid to try something different. I truly enjoyed his visits at the forestry office and in the field as our discussions were of many topics of interest from current happenings to music. My condolences to the Dmytrow Family. Rest in peace James.

  2. James and Michele Hnatishin

    Fern and family
    Our deepest condolences to all of you … I will always remember James for his smile and friendliness . He was the strong silent type who conducted himself with grace .
    Such a beautiful tribute to James .
    Thinking of you all and wishing you peace in the upcoming days . ❤️
    Mitch and James

  3. Betty Shendroski

    Deepest sympathies to you Vern and family James was a great person gone too soon

    • Fred & Donna Shandroski

      Dear Fern & family,
      Our deepest sympathies to you on your loss.
      Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May God comfort you with peace and love during this time and in the days ahead.

  4. John and Sally Prokopsky

    Fern and family. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of James. Our deepest sympathy is being sent to you and the family. The Lord comfort you during this difficult time. All our love.
    John and Sally Prokopsky

  5. Adelene Schultz

    Dear Fern and family. We were so saddened to hear of James passing. You are all in our thoughts at this sad time. May all your wonderful memories of James, your dad and grandpa help you thru this difficult time.
    With Sincere Sympathy. George & Adelene Schultz.

  6. Ken & Lynette Ulrich

    I had the pleasure of knowing James while stationed in Hadashville and dealing with him, and Pete on Forestry issues, permits, sawmill inspections and monthly paperwork. James was soft spoken and we often worked out problems or concerns through simple discussion and compromise. I also played a couple years on a curling team with James as skip, at the old Hadashville rink and although my memories are fading I think we even won a bonspiel.
    Condolences to the family, Lynette and I send our sympathies to all.

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