Vichnaya Pamyat Mr. Chester Kuc

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear FOUNDER of CHEREMOSH, HONOURARY LIFETIME MEMBER OF UKRAINIAN CHEREMOSH SOCIETY, MR. CHESTER KUC.

Mr. Kuc, and his wife Luba, founded Cheremosh in 1969. From 1969 – 1981, Mr. Kuc served as Artistic Director of Cheremosh; he created Junior Cheremosh (now Cheremshyna). With Mrs. Kuc by his side, over the decades, Mr. Kuc researched, taught, and shared his vast expertise of authentic Ukrainian Dance and costuming to thousands of young aspiring Ukrainian dancers – from young children at his UNF School of Dancing and at other venues, to adult semi-professional dancers performing and entertaining audiences world-wide. He founded both Cheremosh and Shumka.

Words cannot adequately express our deep appreciation and admiration of Mr. Kuc … we are eternally grateful for Mr. Kuc’s incredible vision, leadership, knowledge, inspiration, tireless work, and passion over the many years. His dedication, determination, and pride have beautifully preserved the rich tradition and heritage of Ukrainian Dance and led to the 44-year journey that Cheremosh continues today. We honour and treasure the memories of times shared and will always remember Mr. Kuc’s legacy and contributions.

Our heartfelt condolences are extended, with love, to Mrs. Kuc and children Larysa and Daria (both Cheremosh Alumni), Daria’s husband Grant, and extended family.

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


Gail Wacko
Rick Doblanko
Alumni Director / Cheremosh Alumnus
President / Cheremosh Alumnus

On behalf of:  Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company
Ukrainian Cheremosh Society

Prayers, Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, 10951 – 107 Street.
Funeral Rite Friday, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. Right Reverend Stephan Semotiuk officiating with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kule Chair for Ukrainian Ethnography or to the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko, 202, 952 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R2W 3P4.