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July 24, 1948 – January 6, 2019

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Condolence From: Jean Johnson
Condolence: To Christine and family; Renée and I would like to extend our profound condolences. As we can see by all the testimonials and messages, Gene was a very special man. When we knocked on doors whether it was the first time as a Liberal and later as a Conservative, Gene had an uncanny ability to connect with people and he ran strong for many elections. Even after the last elections he regrouped and carried on to ensure a dignified transition for a new government and for a new Speaker. This act speaks loudly as to the character of this man. In 2004 he was named ‘Ami de la francophonie’ and he has always been a friend to our community just as passionately as he was a proud member and leader of his Ukrainian community. He was a good friend to many and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace my friend, JJ
Wednesday January 16, 2019
Condolence From: C.Y.C.
Condolence: Dear Christine and family, Such a privilege to have worked with Gene and created beautiful memories. National U.W.A.C.
Wednesday January 16, 2019
Condolence From: Allan Head
Condolence: I will always remember Gen's genuine enthusiasm, he was always on the go. During my apprenticeship as a door knocker we learned to run not walk. on one occasion I cut across from one house to another with out using the front walk, just so you know, that is something that you should not do. Gene explained that its disrespectful, he was a caring person and only wanted what was best. I have great election memories, I learned a lot and met some amazing people. We always shared some good laughs and thanks to Baba and several other people we always had some really tasty food. It was always a pleasure to be part of your support team, I will always cherish those days. My condolences to your amazing family. Behind every great man is a great family. Take care.
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Condolence From: Karen and Richard Slevinsky
Condolence: Christine, Myron, Krystal, Ari, Joseph and family, our deepest condolences to you on your loss of Gene. We are thinking of you during this incredibly sad and difficult time. Gene was a treasure to society, true, but above all he was your treasure. We are so sorry for your loss. Gene, to paraphrase a famous Canadian, Leonard Cohen:
“And I lift my glass to the awful truth
Which you can’t reveal to the ears of youth
Except to say it isn’t worth a dime...
But the Zwos don’t like these dizzy heights
He’s busted in the blinding lights...
It’s closing time, closing time...”
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Condolence From: Lisa
Condolence: I remember when Gene took me door knocking. I had just started working at the Liberal Opposition. He was like a father to me. Gene was a great teacher as well very humble, talented, and he will be missed dearly.
Lisa (Paranchych) Barrett.
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Condolence From: Linda Karenko
Condolence: My memory of Gene is that big smile! No matter where you saw him, he always had a smile and a kind word - a little Ukrainian phrase or greeting. Thank you for always trying to make things better in our world. You were one of the great guys and we will all miss you deeply. My sincere condolences to your loving family and countless friends who feel your loss. xo
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Condolence From: Maria and George Chrunik
Condolence: Deepest sympathy and prayers to you, Christine and family on the loss of Gene. A great mentor and friend
that we had the honor of working with on many occasions within Shumka and other projects. One who had
unbelievable energy and worked tirelessly. He also gave us an amazing gift on our first anniversary. We had
a tech rehearsal at the Jubilee Auditorium for our Edmonton show on our '87 Shumka Canadian Tour. After
the tech rehearsal, just prior to everyone leaving after an exhausting rehearsal, he stopped everyone and announced
to the cast that it was our 1st anniversary. Then proceeded to conduct the Edmonton Symphony orchestra to play the
anniversary waltz while we danced on the Jubilee stage. Love always, Maria and George Chrunik
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Condolence From: Sharon and John Bracegirdle
Condolence: We will miss such a caring and thoughtful human being. Sending comfort and sincere condolences.
John and Sharon Bracegirdle
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Condolence From: Gail Wacko on behalf of Cheremosh Alumni and Current Dancers of Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company, Cheremosh Artistic Directors over the decades, Board of Directors over the years, and the entire Ukrainian Cheremosh Society
Condolence: With eternal gratitude and admiration, we honour and remember GENE ZWOZDESKY and his priceless contributions and dedication to Cheremosh.

Gene served as Musical Director, Conductor, Musical Arranger, and Composer for full-scale dance productions of Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1992, and 1993. Many of his original scores and orchestral recordings for Cheremosh have been enjoyed by local, national, and international audiences and have continued as signature music of Cheremosh for decades, and to present day… Gene's influence in Cheremosh spans over 42 years of Cheremosh's 50-year history. Gene worked collaboratively with each and every one of our Cheremosh Artistic Directors / Leaders over the years. He conducted a full live orchestra at numerous Cheremosh productions at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton and Calgary, and in numerous cities across Canada. As a kick-off to the 1988 Cheremosh Tour, Gene conducted the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for a Cheremosh performance at the Provincial Legislature. Gene's phenomenal musical talent and collaboration with Cheremosh were instrumental in the production and release of two records of Cheremosh dance music - first album in 1980 (honouring the 10th Anniversary of Cheremosh and the 75th Anniversary of Alberta) and second album in 1986 - and numerous other recordings, cassette tapes, and CDs of Cheremosh dance music over the years. The two original records, with numerous arrangements created by Gene for Cheremosh, were re-released in 2010 in CD format, in honour of the Cheremosh 40th Anniversary.

Over the decades, Gene continued to support Cheremosh endeavours and deliver both personal greetings, as well as on behalf of The Province of Alberta, at various pivotal events - including memorable, eloquent messages at the Cheremosh Studio Boardroom Dedication event honouring our Cheremosh Founders Chester and Luba Kuc, Cheremosh 40th Anniversary Gala celebration, several Cheremosh Benefit & Balls, etc. At the Cheremosh Benefit & Ball in November 2017, Gene fondly shared memories regarding his musical history with Cheremosh and sang and played a song with lyrics he'd written, honouring and reminiscing about his connection and time together with Cheremosh over the years. The refrain was as follows: "Happy Happy Cheremosh, Happiness Forever… Happy Happy Cheremosh, May You Live Forever."

Countless members of our Cheremosh Family have very personal, precious memories of times shared - special moments with Gene…. from the exhilarating experience of dancing on stage to the tempo of Gene's baton expertly conducting the live orchestra, to gratitude for his creativity and professionalism, to one-on-one chats on an airplane traveling from city to city during dance tours, to lessons learned from his wisdom, musical talent, kindness, leadership, and his love of life and our Ukrainian traditions and heritage. Gene's friendship, the time he always graciously made amidst his incredibly busy schedule to bring greetings at various events, and simply the gift and joy of shared laughter, experience, and conversation meant so much.

Our love and heartfelt condolences are extended to Gene's wife Christine, children Ariana and Myron, and entire family - with our thanks for sharing Gene with us.

Gene… You have been an incredible role model and mentor for your family, friends, and countless Albertans both in your professional career and varied volunteer endeavours.

We treasure your exceptional talent and influence… YOU live on, through the music of Cheremosh and in our hearts, forever.

Words cannot adequately express our appreciation. Your significant legacy, grace, sincerity, passion and preservation of our Ukrainian heritage, true friendship, and far-reaching impact through the music of Cheremosh and in our lives will be forever remembered, admired, and cherished by countless members of our Cheremosh Family.

Prayers of eternal peace, with love from your entire Cheremosh Family.

Вічная Пам'ять… Vichnaya Pamyat. Memory Eternal, dear Gene.

With our love,

Gail Wacko on behalf of Cheremosh Alumni and Current Dancers of Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company, Cheremosh Artistic Directors over the decades, Board of Directors over the years, and the entire Ukrainian Cheremosh Society
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Condolence From: Ukrainian Dnipro Choir
Condolence: The Ukrainian Dnipro Ensemble of Edmonton was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and uncle, Gene Zwozdesky. He was a strong supporter of Dnipro Choir and his contribution to the development of Ukrainian choral tradition here in Edmonton, in Canada will be long remembered. His dedication to choral music was and will remain an inspiration to the many who had the opportunity to work with him; his personal and political life will be cherished by those he touched. Our sincerest condolences to you Christine, children Ariana and Myron, their spouses and children along with Gene’s mother, Mrs. Zwozdesky, siblings and to the entire family! He was certainly a one of a kind and very unique person. His personal touch left a lasting impression on so many people. May his legacy live on forever!! Rest In Peace, Gene!
Eternal Memory, Вічная Пам’ять!
Tuesday January 15, 2019