In Memoriam
Michael Joseph Koropchuk

Friday July 12, 1912

Thursday, December 13, 2001


Michael Joseph Koropchuk, Sr. - Peacefully, after a brief illness, at McMaster Medical Centre on Thursday, December 13, 2001 in his 90th year. Dear son of William and Catharine Koropchuk, both deceased. Beloved husband of the late Doris (1992). Dear father of Michael Jr. and his wife Pamela, and Peter. Predeceased by son George (1968). Survived by sisters Kathleen Kellner, and Frances Solski and a long time friend of Rose and Andrew Dutko. Dear brother of the late Nastasia, Mary, John, George, and Bill. A private Service was held in Waterdown on Saturday, December 15, 2001. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, or to the Chedoke-McMaster Hospital Foundation.

O gentlest Heart of Jesus,
ever present in the Blessed Sacrament,
ever consumed with burning love for the poor souls in Purgatory,
have mercy on the soul of Thy servant.

Bring him from the shadows of exile to the
bright home of heaven where we trust,
Thou and Thy Blessed Mother have woven
for him a crown of unfading bliss.  Amen.


Troubles none need to borrow,
At times we experience sorrow.
Better be happy today,
Like the clouds that fade away.

Man must learn of life from experience,
It drills into us common sense.
Into our life comes the good and bad,
By a bit of each we are all had.

Each stage in life prepares the next,
Like advancing in life’s text.
There’s more to life than fun and joy,
Various aspects of life self employ.

We learn that man does not stand alone.
Hand of friendship must be shown.
We learn that of others too, must feel.
With more than selves must deal.

Life teaches us all, in every stage,
Growing much wiser as we age.
Accept what life gives man at every turn,
It’s how wisdom of ages man does learn.

 M.J. Koropchuk, September 1, 2000

Life Must Go On

Life must go on, no matter what,
Whether death comes, or misfortune’s wrought.
Time doesn’t stop, it just keeps going,
Even if a hurricane is a blowing.

Life from time began keeps going on,
Even if all humanity from earth is gone.
With every season, the years come and go,
All beauty of nature, put on a show.

Man cannot know all the wonders of earth,
As daily from nature comes new birth.
There’s purpose for all in the universe,
Some appear a blessing, some a curse.

Some people think the world ends, when spouse dies,
Think they cannot go on, while the heart cries.
Nothing on earth stops, as life must go on,
As the black night fades, with the coming dawn.

With life we must live, with life we must die,
When our time comes, no reason to cry.
Why must enjoy our life, while we can,
For this is the final destiny of all man.

M.J. Koropchuk, September 19, 2000

The Last Rose of Summer

God looked around his garden
And He found an empty place.
He then looked down upon this earth,
And saw your tired face.
He put his arm around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw that the road was getting rough,
And the hills are hard to climb.
So He closed your weary eyelids,
And whispered “Peace be thine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.


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1st  Samuel  C. III  v.18 Isaiah  C. XXVI  v. 19

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