Stefan Burak

Obituary of Stefan Burak

Stefan Roman Burak, 83 of Fort Erie ON, passed away on 14 November 2023 at Douglas Memorial Hospital, Fort Erie ON.

The funeral service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery Columbarium on 16 March 2024 at 11:00 with Father Bill officiating. A celebration of life will be held at The Bridgewater Country Club, Fort Erie ON at 12:00 for 12:30. Soup, sandwiches and hot beverages provided.

Stefan was born in the Town of Kalusz located in the inter-war Polish Province of Stanislawow to Ignacy Burak and KatarzinaMiersieczek on 06 March 1940.

After WW11, he emigrated from Poland to Canada with his mother on the USS Brock, arriving at the Port of Montreal in 1945.

He grew up in Welland and Fort Erie ON and enrolled into the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1958 as an Avionics Technician and was posted to RCAF Base Greenwood NS. He met and married Marilyn Joan Murphy from New Glasgow NS on 19 March 1960.

Stefan and his young family were posted to RCAF Base Baden-Soëlingen, Vimbüch West Germany in 1963. In 1969, he was posted back to Canada and arrived at RCAF Base Trenton ON until 1980. He was posted to CFTS Base Borden ON as an instructor and completed his military service, retiring after 21 years. Stefan moved into the Public Service sector, working for Atmospheric and Environmental Services (AES) and Industry Canada.

Stefan is survived by: his children Barbara (Lorne) MacRae, Valerie (Bill) Otton, Stefan (Bonnie Arthur) Burak and Susan (Thomas) O’Brien; his grandchildren Charles MacRae, Kathryn(Jeff) Roehrich, Sean Norman, Krista Norman (Leodannis) de Leyva, Scott Norman, Brittany-Anne Arthur, Nicolas Burak, Christopher Burak Arthur, Alexander (Shalon Watson) Burak, Jean-Sébastien Guay, and Sean O’Brien; and by his great-grandchildren Annabelle Roehrich, Hunter Roehrich, Jasper Norman, Clementine Norman, Sterling Norman, Daniel Norman, Brianna Norman, Logan Norman, and Maisie Arthur.

Stefan is preceded in death by: his wife Marilyn; his parents Ignacy Burak, Katarzina Wolk, Dmytro Wolk; and by his brother William Wolk.

Memorial donations may be made to The Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.