William “Bill” Donald Zolkavich

January 14, 1933 - August 18, 2023
August 25, 2023 26 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

William Zolkavich, 90, of Edmonton, AB passed away on August 18, 2023.

Bill was born to Tene and Dmytro Zolkavich, the oldest of four boys. Bill received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. He taught in the Hudson Bay school division for 35 years where he met and married Virginia, his wife of 59 years.

Bill enjoyed baseball, curling and fishing and was an avid gardener. Bill spent most of his life in the Weekes/Porcupine Plain area until his health started to decline. In March they moved to Edmonton, closer to their daughter.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, son Grant (Patricia) and daughter Anita. He is also survived by his siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

  1. Isabel Zenuk, now in Qualicum Beach BC, sends sympathy and condolences to all the family.

  2. Heartfelt Condolences to you Virginia, Grant, Anita & family. Bill was an excellent teacher and our neighbour . His wit and dry sense of humour was appreciated !

  3. Sending our hugs and prayers to Bill’s family. From Izydor & Donna Szydlowski ❤️🙏❤️🥰

  4. Our deepest sympathy Virginia, Anita & Grant. Bill has left so many wonderful memories. He will be so greatly missed but so fondly remembered.

  5. We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all and sending our love.

    Paula, Rick, Aidan and Tanner Stenzel

  6. So sorry to hear this! Bill was a very nice man. May your many memories of happy times together bring you comfort. Our sincere condolences from Glen and Lynda Kowalyk

  7. Dear Family, my deepest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful person i knew as my teacher in PP and neighbor to the family. Cecli Zenuk

  8. We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was one of the first people we met when we moved to Porcupine Plain becoming our neighbour for 10 years. He was one of the kindest and most welcoming souls. Our thoughts and prayers are with Virginia and the family.

  9. So sorryto hear about Bill deepest sympathy to all the family Helen (cal) Gratton

  10. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. Sending much love to all his family and hope fond memories help ease the loss.

  11. So sad to hear this. So many memories of Bill and Virginia and family. Our condolences to the family ❤️🙏🏻
    Arnold and Eleanor Denham

  12. My sincere condolences Virginia, Anita, Grant and family. Thinking of you all. May your many memories bring you comfort.

  13. Sending our sympathy and prayers to Virginia and family. Bill was my high school teacher. We were also friends through church. Take care!

  14. Virginia, Grant, Anita and extended family. Please accept our condolences and best wishes and we have been close to your family for many years and appreciate what a loss Bill has been to you. You have all been a big part of our family and we wish you the best in remembering and celebrating Bill’s life.

  15. Our sincere sympathy Virginia and family. May you be comforted by all the beautiful memories of your husband and father .

  16. Dear Virginia, Grant and family, and Anita, I am so saddened to learn of your loss. Memories of happy times flood past as my heart sinks with knowledge of your loss. Bill was such a dear friend! I knew him, first as principal of my little Carragana School, then my ‘strict’ social studies teacher, and lastly, as a fun-loving friend! Too many years got away on us, and I regret that we didn’t stay in touch. May he rest easy in God’s loving arms. God bless you!

  17. Sorry to hear about Bill, he was my high school teacher,and our friend from church, prayers and hugs to the families.

  18. ~Our sincere sympathy to Virginia. Anita , Grant and family . Such sad news .. Bill was a wonderful neighbour ~

  19. Sincere condolences to your family, I will always remember Mr. Zolkakavich as my teacher.

  20. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing.
    I remember vividly Mr. Zolkavich and Miss Wills dating in Caragana. Hugs to you all!

  21. My deepest sympathy to all from my family ! Bill taught all of them !
    May your Love and Memories help you through this difficult time !
    Muriel Cameron and Bev, Barb and Brad

  22. My sympathy to all the family. Mr. Zolkavich was such a kind but firm teacher. He was one of my favourite teachers in high school.

  23. Deepest sympathy to Bill’s family. Like many posts he and Virginia (Miss Will gr 1) were my teachers and old neighbours In PP. I am certain as an educator you always wonder if you had an impact. I can honestly say social and history were not my thing- however my brother Stew loved those classes. Many years after we graduated we were discussing a topic and he frustratingly says … geez don’t you remember “Mr. Zolkavich taught us that in grade 8 social .. yikes i had no recall— i only remembered his dry wit and smile. Clearly one of us was more academic than the other. He will be missed . Sympathy to you all. 🙏

  24. Our condolences to Virginia and family on Bill’s family

  25. Our sincerest condolences to Virginia and family. Had many good years spent in Porcupine teaching, socializing and in sports together. Bill will surely be missed…
    The Dalke’s – Harley, Jean, Sheola and Lucille, Helen and David and families

  26. Anne and I were terribly saddened to hear of Bill passing away. We have many fond memories of fishing with Bill and Virginia at Dechambeault Lake. Bill was a great staff member for many years. We always enjoyed his unique sense of humour. We extend our most sincere condolences to Virginia, Anita, Grant and Family and Bill’s siblings and their families. Our prayers will be with you during the coming weeks.
    Larry and Anne Lozinski

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