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Orest Oucharek

Orest Oucharek

Tuesday, February 6th, 1940 Sunday, June 7th, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Orest Oucharek

It is with our deepest sadness that we say good bye to our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. On Sunday, June 7, 2020, retired Staff Sargent (RCMP) Orest Oucharek passed away suddenly with wife Lorraine by his side at the age of 80 years.

Orest joined the RCMP in 1961, Training "N" Division, and later posted; 1962 Peace River, 1962 Grande Prairie, 1963 Spirit River, 1967 Div S.I.B "A" Section, 1969 Calgary Security & Intel., 1972 Ottawa Security Services, then to Manitoba 1975 Carberry, 1978 Lynn Lake, 1980 Lundar, 1987 "D" Div Readers, 1989 Gimli, 1994 Retired and remained in Gimli. His long and illustrious career with the RCMP was however, his second choice. Orest first studied at Teachers College in Saskatchewan, and it was only while walking home after his first practicum experience with a class full of Grade 2 students that he stopped by the recruiting center.

Orest and wife Lorraine were married in Grande Prairie 1963 and raised two boys, Greg (wife Jo-Anne) and Robb (wife Carole), and loved caring for grandchildren Mitchell, Andrew, Nicole, and Kally. Although his career saw the family move on a regular basis, these opportunities to become involved in each community as a coach, mentor, teammate and friend gave rise to an extended second family that always had him surrounded with love. He has touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed. A poem, Heart of Gold (author unknown) clipped and saved by Lorraine is a sentiment to the man we loved:

A heart of gold stopped beating,
Hardworking hands went to rest,
God took you home to prove to us,
He only takes the best.
We will always remember the way you looked,
The way you walked and smiled,
All the things you did for us
Will be with us all the while.
You lived your life for those you loved,
Your children taught and grown,
He called to you to come and dwell,
Where no more work is done.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the first responders, RCMP members, and individuals who came to the aid of Orest and Lorraine near Selkirk on June 7th. Your selfless efforts are greatly appreciated.

A Funeral Service, supported by the RCMP Veterans Association, is planned to be held in Gimli at some time in the future when public gatherings are opened up again.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, we request donations be made to the Manitoba Children's Wish Foundation.

This obituary may also be viewed at www.neilbardalinc.com.

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Barry and Marlene Wood

Lorraine, we were sorry to hear of Orest's passing. We remember the great times Barry had working with Orest in Edmonton and Ottawa. Also we remember the times we as families got together. As Wayne Andrew said, Orest was a credit to the Force and a great person to work with. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Barry and Marlene Wood
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Tom and Judy Grant

It is with heavy hearts that Tom and I read about the passing of Orest better know to Tom as "Double O". We still fondly talk about our Lynn Lake days and the good times we had, and friends we met while living there. As RCMP families spread throughout Canada over the years, we have had the pleasure of meeting many people. As a young married couple at the time I cherished your advice, not only in marriage, but also in parenting. Tom loved working for Orest, and used his advice all through his career. As you work through the difficult times ahead without Orest at your side, we hope you find some peace in the memories that you have built over the years together. This is the time to pull strength from your wonderful family. With great sympathy, Tom and Judy Grant
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Fr Art Seaman

Sincere condolences to you, Lorraine, and your family. Orest was my gentle friend around the curling rink and at Chicken Chef! God rest his good soul! Art S
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Wayne & Ron Andrew

Dear Lorraine. It was a shock to learn of Orest's passing. He was a good friend, and a credit to the Force. We recall, with fondness, the good times we had together in Ottawa, and especially our trip to the Maritimes. Our thoughts and prayers with you and the family at this difficult time. Ron and Wayne
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Trapper

So sorry to read about your dad Robb. Take care.
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