Vichnaya Pamyat: Lawrence Kenakin – A Celebration of Life

With great sadness, we announce the passing of Lawrence Kenakin on September 23, 2012 at the age of 67 years.

Lawrence was a dancer in Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble (now referred to as Company) from the group’s inception in 1969 to 1984. He served as President of Ukrainian Cheremosh Society from 1979 to 1980 and was awarded the distinction of Honourary Lifetime Member of our Society. His contributions included choreography, dance instruction, and organization of productions and tours; he served as Assistant Director of Cheremosh during the early 1980s. We are eternally grateful for Lawrence’s dedication and passion over the years.

Lawrence was a brilliant and gifted educator, artist, dancer, director, horticulturist, gourmet cook and mentor to countless individuals at home and abroad.

A celebration to honour Lawrence was held in Julian’s Piano Bar at Chateau Louis Hotel on October 17. About 60 – 70 Cheremosh Alumni, Past Presidents, Cheremosh friends, and Lawrence’s teaching colleague/retired principal from Lorne Akins School in St. Albert (where Cheremosh occasionally rehearsed and male dancers practiced solos on Friday nights in the 1970s and 1980s under Lawrence’s direction) gathered to reminisce and pay tribute. A slideshow tribute of photos and dance video footage of Lawrence and Cheremosh Alumni dancing was a treasured highlight of the evening. Special email messages from many out-of-town Alumni – from Singapore to Yukon to Utah to Ontario – as well as a touching message from our Cheremosh Founders, Chester and Luba Kuc, were shared. Many in attendance relayed special memories of times shared over the years.

Heartfelt thanks to Debbie Koper (Koziak) and Leanne Koziak for hosting the event at Chateau Louis. Special thanks to Dolores Wacko, Richard Wacko, Gail Wacko and Doyle Marko for contributions to the evening, as well as to numerous others who forwarded photos.

Our heartfelt condolences are extended to Lawrence’s family and friends.

Prayers of eternal peace from our Cheremosh family. Vichnaya Pamyat.

Link to Lawrence’s obituary (Edmonton Journal) is as follows:

Photos courtesy of: DCM Photography / Doyle C. Marko