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Timothy Steven Maluk was born on June 30, 1952 to Eugene and Helen Maluk of Sandy Lake. Tim joined big sister Roseanne and was later followed by brother Wes and sister Debra.
Tim spent his earliest years with his parents and sister in a home adjacent to the lake until his father Eugene, in 1956, moved the family to a newly constructed house on 1st St W. Growing up in Sandy Lake, Tim had a wonderful childhood filled with family, sports and outdoor adventures that he reflected on fondly throughout his later life.
After graduating from high school, Tim was part of the last Sandy Lake ice gang. His adventures then took him to the oil sands in Alberta, where he spent a few years. Continuing yet further west, Tim followed his uncle Melvin and brother Wes to the coast where he spent several years working on a hydrographic survey crew. He returned to his beloved Sandy Lake in 1976 to assist his parents after they were involved in a car accident. His career path took a few more twists along the way until he ultimately landed a permanent position with the Water Services Board, and later the RM of Harrison as a water plant operator. He served in that capacity for 26 years before retiring in 2008. He would return to his old role several more times over the next 5 years, turning in his plant keys for the last time in 2013.
In January of 1982, he met his future wife, Dorothy, in the Sandy Lake curling league. Several bonspiels later, they were married in May of 1983 at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Tim was a natural husband and father, adopting Stanley immediately following the union. Louis was born in August of 1985 followed by Thomas in December of 1986. Life in the Maluk household revolved around family and community. Few family weddings, community events, or sporting events were missed. He supported his sons by volunteering at sporting, scouts and dance club events for 2 decades.
Between dealing with water line breaks throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Tim also had an active community service life. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 184, serving for 47 years, and occupying the post of president since 1999. He was a founding member of the Sandy Lake Citizens on Patrol and received recognition for his commitment to this cause in 2006 from the Minister of Justice. Tim was an active member of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church his entire life and served as president for the last several years. For multiple decades, Tim was an integral member of the Sandy Lake Recreation Association and was always there to flood the ice or organize a bonspiel. He also dabbled in politics, serving on the town committee for many years. His community service was rounded out with a 35 year career on the Sandy Lake Fire Department, hanging up his turnout gear in 2016.
Between his many commitments, recreation played a substantial part in Tim’s life. From an early age, he was an avid curler, golfer, water skier, and fisherman. Camping was also a fun escape here and there, though he never liked leaving Sandy Lake for long.
Tim passed away suddenly on February 7, predeceased by his parents Eugene and Helen, baby brother and his sister Roseanne. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Dorothy, brother Wesley (Terry), sister Debra, sons Stanley (Marcia), Louis and Thomas (Unica). He impacted many lives with his calm, respectful, honourable demeanour and leaves behind a great many who held him in the highest regard. Tim’s passing leaves a hole in our family and community.
Sandy Lake Recreation Association
PO Box 278, Sandy Lake MB R0J 1X0