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Obituary - Dennis Wirachowsky

Dennis Wirachowsky

1946 - 2023

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Wirachowsky(2023)

Mr. Dennis Wirachowsky, beloved husband of Shirley, passed away peacefully in Medicine Hat on Friday, October 27, 2023, at the age of 77 years. He is survived by his children, Kyndra Gold and her sons, Taylor and Tanner; Tara Wirachowsky (Brian) and their children, Liam, Emily and Ayden; Ryan Wirachowsky and his son, Luke; Blake Wirachowsky (Dana) and their children, Quinn, Chloe and Kenzie and granddaughter/bonus-child, Heather Mackey (Chris) and their children, Zion and Juno. Dennis was predeceased by his parents, John and Annie; brothers, Michael (in infancy), Ed and John; sister-in-law, Jean; son, Tyler and son-in-law, Jeff Gold. Dennis was born in Wilkie, SK and grew up on the family farm near Leipzig, SK. After graduation, he spent a couple months in Ottawa taking a Meteorologist Technician course but he missed family and life on the prairies and moved back home. He soon found employment in Saskatoon at various garages and ended up working and managing Dumar Equipment. It was during this time that he met the love of his life Shirley, and they were married in November of 1969. Five children arrived between 1972 and 1982. They moved to Lloydminster in the spring of 1973, where he worked at a tire shop which he managed for several years. After taking a power engineering course at night classes, he embarked on a long career in the oil patch which started with Husky Oil. In 1988, they moved the family to Medicine Hat where he worked for Encana until his retirement. Dennis will be remembered as a kind, generous, intelligent, hard-working family man, who cared deeply for his wife, children and grandchildren. A true "Mr. Fix-it", his family always joked about how, if Dennis built or fixed something, it would be so strong that it would never need another repair! Dennis could be counted on to bring a calm, lighthearted and quiet, yet humorous energy to any situation. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Vigil Prayers will be recited at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road SE, Medicine Hat on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Father Roque Periera celebrant. Memorial donations in Dennis’ name may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 119 - 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 - 325 Manning Road NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 2P5.


  1. J. Andrew Fulcher:
    Oct 28, 2023 at 11:52 AM

    There are people who aspire to be great men, and then there are great men. Dennis was truly a Great Man. His kindness and love poured out to everyone. He was a person that truly cared, about Shirley, his wonderful kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. His faith is what guided him in all he did, and with Shirley at his side step for step, they were an incredible team. My condolences to all of the family and anyone who knew Dennis. It is a loss for all. Rest, Dennis, rest.

  2. Dennis and Toni Sehn:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 11:28 AM

    Dear Shirley,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. He was a kind, wonderful and gentle man. Our condolences to you and your family at this difficult time. Rest now Dennis, a job well done!

  3. Kalle Kingsley:
    Oct 30, 2023 at 10:30 PM

    I am deeply sorry to hear about Dennis's passing. I'll remember him fondly as the kindest and most welcoming neighbour I'll ever have. He would go out of his way to chat with anyone who walked by, and my conversations with him were often a highlight of my day. As was his unforgettable smile, it was truly contagious. Our hearts go out to Shirley and the family through this difficult time.
    Kalle, Ryan, Madi, Camryn and Ethan

  4. The Rev. Dr. Richard C. Worden:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 11:02 AM

    Dear Shirley and Family;
    Keeping you and the family in my thoughts and prayers. RCW

  5. Les Nelson:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 01:35 PM

    Dear Shirley,

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Les and Cindy Nelson

  6. Shirley Bymoen:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 02:09 PM

    Dear Shirley and family;
    I'm sorry to hear of Dennis' passing. My sincere condolences to all of you.

  7. Brian and Janet:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 02:12 PM

    We send our heartfelt messages of love and condolences. Shirley, may you find strength in your faith, support from your loving family and friends. May you find peace knowing your Dennis was loved and admired by so very many. We share in your grief. God bless and keep you always.

  8. Madeleine and Lynn Meyer:
    Oct 31, 2023 at 11:06 PM

    Sorry we can't be with you in person, but will be with you in spirit and thinking of you as you celebrate Dennis' life. We remember him as a quiet, gentle man with a twinkle in his eye, a warm smile and a BIG bear hug. We very much enjoyed the time we spent with him as a special friend and as Lynn's co-worker. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Shirley and your family. Love Madeleine and Lynn

  9. Glen and Janice Bonogofski:
    Nov 01, 2023 at 11:29 AM

    Shirley and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Dennis passing. When someone as special as your husband passes, the grief feels unbearable. Just know his legacy will live on through the many lives he touched. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Glen and Janice Bonogofski

  10. Gino and Pat Iannattone:
    Nov 01, 2023 at 01:11 PM

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on Dennis' passing. He was such a wonderful and learned man and it was a pleasure to have known him through our time working for AEC/Encana days. It will be a time of great sorrow so we wish everyone in the family courage during these difficult times. Take pride and consolation that Dennis will be fondly remembered by all us that the opportunity to meet him.

  11. Ria Welbourne:
    Nov 02, 2023 at 02:52 PM

    To the Wirachowsky family:
    My deepest condolences at this time of great loss! Be assured of my prayers for all of you!

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