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Eugene “Gene” Bynkoski

Rainy River lost one of its sons on Wednesday eve, September 5, 2001 when Gene passed away at LaVerendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, ON.

Mourning his passing are his wife Ruth of 51 years, their 3 children, son Gary and wife Colleen of Fort Frances, daughter Susan and husband Lance Whalen of Fort Frances and son Glen and wife Jennifer of Winnipeg, MB and his grandchildren Erin, Andrew, Justin, Natalie, Stacey and Geoffrey. He will be sadly missed by sister Jessie Martinson of Rainy River; four nieces and many friends and neighbours.

Gene was predeceased by his father Andrew, mother Annelia, elder brother Walter and infant grandson Paul.

Gene was born May 16, 1917, and educated, in Rainy River. During WWII he served in the RCAF; stationed in London, England. After the war he returned home and purchased the grocery store known as the Foodway. On August 29, 1950 he was united in marriage to Ruth Drummond, a teacher from Dryden, Ont.

After selling the Foodway he was employed by Canada Customs and Immigration, posted at Rainy River until his retirement.

Gene was interested and excelled in numerous sports. His passions also included riding horses, Friday night dances at the Brink Center, his annual moose hunting trip and vacationing with his family.

He made a point of visiting each of his children and their families developing a strong bond of love.

Always a perfect gentleman. Gene was well known for his generosity, his hospitality and the gift to make everyone he met feel special.

Prayers and a memorial service by the Royal Canadian Legion Major Hughes Branch #54 were conducted on Friday evening, September 7,2001 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Rainy River.

Funeral services were conducted by Father James Panikulam at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church in Rainy River on Saturday September 8, 2001 at 1 p.m.

Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Olinyk, Harry Sawchuk, Steve Yeryk, Alex Warnuk, and Archie Wiersema.

Active pallbearers were grandsons Justin Whalen, Andrew Bynkoski and Geoffrey Bynkoski, and friends Bill Marmus Sr., Vaughn Murray, and Dan Usiski.

Interment was held on Monday September 10, 2001 in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River with Rainy River Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Gene will always be remembered for his faithfulness to God and his church but most of all his unwavering loyalty to his family.


The man who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

Who has gained the adoration of his children and grandchildren.

Who leaves the world better than he found it.

Who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty.

Who never fails to look for the best in others, or give of himself completely.

Then gives us powerful horses and endless sun-soaked meadows, that we may cross over and return.

So ride on ahead cowboy, we will meet you on the other side.