Alex Skarpinsky

Obituary of Alex Skarpinsky

It is with great sadness the family of Alex Skarpinsky announce his passing on January 26, 2022 at the Shellbrook hospital at the age of 77.

Alex is lovingly remembered and survived by his wife Joyce, daughter Jane (Curtis Shepherd), brother Peter (Eleanor), sister Rose Wilde, sister-in-law Lena Skarpinsky, and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents Mike and Mary, brothers Bill and Paul, sister Joyce Tchozewski, as well as brothers-in-law Emile Tchozewski and Joe Wilde.

Alex was born and raised at the family farm in the Hawkeye district, near Shell Lake, SK. He attended both Lynwood and Shell Lake schools, then went on to work at Domtar in Saskatoon, 24 years with the RM of Spiritwood as a cat/grader operator, and primarily as a farmer and rancher on the homestead.  Alex and Joyce (Woytiuk) were married on August 7, 1971, and recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  

Alex loved the farm and his cattle and spent many hours there, working hard from sun up till sun down, but also taking time to visit with whomever stopped by.   He also had a profound love of music and could be found at polkafests across the province and spent many Saturday nights listening to CJWW’s Saturday Night Dance Party.  Alex also looked forward to coffee row in various communities and catching up on the news of the day.  Although they did not travel far, Alex and Joyce enjoyed going for a drive and made many miles around Saskatchewan.  Alex was a true character with a great sense of humor who truly took an interest in everyone he met and made friends easily.

A special thank you to Dr. Terri Person for the excellent care she provided Alex over the years.

A graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alex’s name to the Witchekan Wildlife Federation or the Scandia Church.

Family and friends wishing to send online condolences or share memories of Alex are welcome to visit Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home and Crematorium, Tracy-Lynn Lenchuk, Funeral Director, Spiritwood, SK, (306) 883-3500.

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