Danny was born in St. Piratin, Ukraine, on January 24, 1924 and would probably never have come to Canada if it hadn’t been for World War II. During the war Danny was relocated and forced to work under the Nazi regime. When the war ended he was employed by the U.S. Army as a warehouse man and became so valuable to that effort that his Manager took him with him when he was moved to other posts in Germany. Danny also acted as a translator and interpreter during part of the American occupation of Germany. In the late 1940s, Dan decided his future was in North America and he left Europe and ended up in Revelstoke, where he lived until he died. He married a local woman, Mary Cwikula in 1951 and became a Canadian citizen in 1957.He and Mary adopted two sons in 1962, Joseph and Lonnie.Dan loved his adopted country and took part in politics at all levels. In 1968 in ran in the civic elections but was defeated. The following year he ran again and was successful and faithfully served the people of Revelstoke for the next twenty-four years. In the mid-1990s Dan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and valiantly fought its effects until it took his life on March 15, 2008. Mary predeceased Dan in 2003.
The funeral service will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 25th, 2008, at 2 PM.