Nickolai “Nick” Gawryletz

Jun 8, 1934 – Nov 14, 2017
Nickolai (Nick) Gawryletz, age 83 of Cochrane Alberta was called by our Lord Jesus Christ to his eternal home on November 14th, 2017. He was born June 8th, 1934 to Nickolai and Mary (Kotyk) Gawryletz at Wandering River Alberta.

Nick is predeceased by his parents, three infant siblings, his sisters Lillian Karpetz and Olga Fedorchuk, his first wife Ivy (nee Noonan), grandson Lamont Murphy, several nieces and nephews, in-laws and cousins.

He is survived by his wife Ellen (nee Brell), son Michael (Melodi), daughter Krysta (Loren Dyck), Karissa (Keith Murphy), and grandsons Christopher, Hunter & Parker Gawryletz, Joshua (Leslie) Blondahl, Jordan (Mekayla) Dyck, his sister Sadie Oshanyk, brother Elmer, and many nieces and nephews.

Also by many friends across Canada, the USA and the Philippines.

After completing his schooling in Lac la Biche, Nick served as a Forest Ranger at Sundre, AB, where he learned of the Bible’s clear offer of forgiveness through faith in the Lord Jesus, and very quickly accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour. He studied at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB, and after graduation, served for 7 years with Overseas Missionary Fellowship on the island of Mindoro, Philippines. Needing to return to Canada due to his wife’s health needs, he gave pastoral leadership to two small churches in BC.

In 1989, Nick was invited to join the administration of International Student Ministries Canada, initially being Regional Director, then Personnel Director until his retirement in 1995.

A Memorial Gathering was held on Monday, November 27th at the Cochrane Alliance Church.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, please consider making a donation directly to one of the following organizations: OMF Canada (, ISMC (, Blue Bronna Wilderness Camp (

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