MIKE FREDRICK KICUL

Passed away peacefully on May 1, 2024 at Welland County General Hospital, in his 92nd year, with his loving sons by his side. Mike was born on November 7, 1932 in Welland, Ontario, grew up in Welland South, and lived most of his life in Fenwick. He is predeceased by his niece Susan, sisters Ann and Mary, parents Fred and Nellie, and Mary, his wife of over 63 years. Mike is survived by his sister Kay, brother Ron (Dianne), sons Marty (Sue) and Mike (Susan), grandchildren Heather (Al), Richard (Katie), Alison, Matthew (Nicole), Michael (Shaney), Daniel (Shannon) and Emily, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Mike fondly remembered his childhood in Welland South, where his happy experiences included swimming in the canal, playing with his dogs, skiing on barrel staves and boxing under the streetlights. However, he lost his father at the age of 14 and mourned this loss throughout his life. He spared his family from a similar loss by vigorously advocating for better medical care for his wife Mary, saving her from a nearly fatal illness.

Mike worked very hard throughout his life. He built two homes in Fenwick, and was still mowing about 2 acres of lawn in his 90th year. He was an extremely talented artist and craftsman who completed a wide variety of works. These included oil paintings, motorcycle and automobile graphics, murals in the tunnels at Page-Hersey (where he was employed for 33 years), textbook and safety manual illustrations, colouring books, cartoons and commercial signage (from gold leaf on office doors to barn walls visible from blocks away). He used these talents in his involvement in an environmental campaign. He enjoyed fishing, wine- and beer-making, researching and archiving Internet articles, video recording family events, gardening, and tinkering with just about anything that caught his attention. More recently, entertainment included Solitaire and Sudoku on the computer, and watching the Raptors.

He was the Dad who was always there to drive to basketball practices or games, and support his boys with anything they were doing. He was the best taste-tester for Mary’s cooking, and an enthusiastic collaborator in many of her crafts. Mike was very proud of his Ukrainian heritage and was a devoted Gido to his grandchildren. His family must take comfort in his being re-united with Mary, who he has missed so deeply since her passing in 2015.

Many thanks to Dr. Saquib Ansari, the supportive staff and his friends at Plymouth Cordage, and the caring nurses in the ER and 3 South. At Mike’s request, cremation has taken place. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lampman Funeral Home, Fenwick, ON. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Donations to Pelham Cares, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, or The Canada-Ukraine Foundation would be appreciated by the family. www.lampmanfuneralhome.com

8 thoughts on “MIKE FREDRICK KICUL

  • As we send our heartfelt condolences to Marty & Sue, Mike & Shaney and all the Kicul family, we are very sorry for the loss of much loved Gido, but take comfort he has once again joined his beloved Mary.
    Denise & Howard Carpenter

  • Dear Marty and Mike,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your father,spent many high school days around the kitchen table, eating your mom’s cooking and discussing life with dad!!!! Dad always had some nice wine in the basement, which we raided at odd times! Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your families.
    Chris & Dana

  • Our sincere condolences to the entire family. So sorry for your loss.
    Wayne & Céline

  • Dear Marty, Sue, Michael, Susan and family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your dear Dad. Such a nicely written obituary on a very fine gentleman, whom I remember from my youth and for many years after. Interesting that he shared the same birthdate as my Dad (but born 14 years later, of course)! Your Mom will be awaiting him for sure! He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. Sincerely, Barbara Rybiak and Travis Secord

  • Uncle Mike was one special man. My sister Susan and I always enjoyed his visits with Auntie Mary and Marty and Michael. A kinder, gentler man could not be found. May the great memories we have sustain us throughout this sad time. I hope he found the recipe for buckwheat cabbage rolls from my mother Mary Kicul Kulpaka! We are so happy we saw him in the fall. Love you Uncle Mike❤️

  • Dear Mike and Marty,
    I met both your parents when I was a living in, and a beginning teacher in Fenwick. Mike, you were in my Grade 3/4 class. I think that what I saw then of the character of both the boys, was a testament to the way that you were raised by your mother and your father. A wonderful family. My condolences to both of you.
    Sincerely,
    Tillie Clapp

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