Stewart William Michael Tataryn
Passed on September 22, 2022
Nov. 10, 1946 – Sept. 22, 2022 It is with sadness that we share the passing of our father & grandfather, Stewart Tataryn, aged 75, on September 2022, at the Stonewall & District Health Centre, with family by his side, after a brief battle with lymphoma. Stewart will be missed by his children, Michael (Laura-Lee), Merle and Theresa (Jason), along with his grandsons Owen, Brett, Garrett, and Sawyer. Stewart was predeceased by his wife Donna, his parents Mike & Catherine Tataryn, in-laws Mike and Minnie Romanica, and niece Lisa Day. Stewart is survived by his siblings Marie (Brian), Nancy (Bob) and Raymond, along with many nephews and nieces.
Stewart was born on November 10, 1946 in Selkirk, where he grew up. Sports became his passion throughout his school years. He was an outstanding athlete, participating in track & field, baseball, hockey, and his biggest love of all, football, in which he excelled. After school Stewart went on to receive his journeyman in pipefitting. Along the way he and Donna started their relationship and then they wed on April 4, 1970. Shortly after a brief move to the Pas after being wed, they moved to Inwood in 1971 and then over to Harperville, where Stewart pursued his passion for ranching. W+ Ranch emerged, and family raised, with Donna by his side for the following 42 years, until her death in 2012. He continued ranching with his son Merle up until this past month.
Stewart began his cattle career in his early teens when he showed his grandparents Aime, Hazel Glen Farms jersey cattle and won many champion awards over the years. He then moved to more the beef side working for Tataryn Bros for a small while.
His enthusiasm for ranching was forever enduring. From the first calf hitting the ground during calving season, to warm, sunny days in the hayfield, to fall weaning and the selling of the W+ calf crop, to winter feeding. Stewart loved every season of ranch life and was so proud of the herd that he, with his family, developed over 4 decades. After family fun days of working cattle, Stewart would always say “well, that’s a good job done.”
Stewart would also work away, for a couple of months at a time, over the years on pipelines. Through Local Union 254, he made many lifelong friends.
Throughout the years Stewart & Donna would travel a bit, mostly to cattle related events, whether it be bull sales in AB, packing plant tours in the states, or a Manitoba Beef Producer AGM in Brandon. The two of them would attend their grandsons’ hockey games in the winter, being the boys’ biggest fans. Summertime brought ranch rodeos. Undoubtedly Stewart would be raising his hand at the rodeos to buy a team or two in the calcutta, usually purchasing his son-in-law, Jason’s team. And if the team won him some funds, he always had handshake and cold one for the guys back at the trailers.
As the family grew with four grandsons, Stewart admiration for his grandsons only increased as the boys have turned into incredible young adults. He was so proud of each of his grandsons and was always sharing what the boys were up to and each of their accomplishments.
One of Stewart’s other loves was the Blue Bombers. We are pretty sure he was one of their biggest fans, or at least it sure sounded like it as he shouted encouragement at the TV during games.
Stewart had a large personality, and often left a lasting impression on all those he met. The more he teased and bugged was the measure in which he enjoyed your company. And if you received a nickname, there was little doubt that you were an in with Stewart.
After losing Donna, and the dispersing of a large part of the W+ herd, life slowed down a bit for Stewart in the past ten years. He found a love of growing a much too big of a garden, tending to his trees, cooking meals large enough to last at least 3 days, and of course, riding on his four-wheeler with his trusty canine sidekick Roper. He also still thoroughly enjoyed attending bull sales and cattle auctions to keep a pulse on the cattle markets, and mostly to shoot the breeze with all his friends in the local cattle world.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons, Owen and Brett Tataryn, & Garrett and Sawyer Zuk.
A graveside ceremony will be held on Monday, October 3, 2022, at 2pm, at Erinview Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Stewart’s name to the Erinview Cemetery The family would like to thank Dr.Zahiri and the nursing staff at Stonewall & District Health Centre for their excellent care of Stewart.
In the dark and in the day, We still have to feed them hay, We feed them before we dine, I can’t tell you why or how, But we love our dang ol’cows, From Simmental to Charolais, It’s just how God made us, Gazing on them in pasture ,We live for a cow till we die.
Rest peacefully, Dad.
My sympathy in the loss of your dad and grandpa. Tom and I were old friends of your parents. Barbara Bowman
Very saddened to hear of Stu's passing. I thought of him as part of the Blue Skies Bakery family. He always brightened my day when he came in. My sincere condolences to you all.
So very sorry to hear. Had many a good visits at ranch rodeos with Stewart. Our sincere condolences.
My deepest condolences to Stewart's family. Sincerely Wayne Adams, an old school friend. Rest In Peace.
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