Pakulak, Daniel

Published: 
Tuesday, July 6, 2004

Mr. Daniel Roy Pakulak, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday July 3, 2004. Born on June 24, 1945, Dan grew up in Port Arthur and attended local schools. He received his BA inHistoryfrom Lakehead University and his Masters from Queens University, Kingston. Dan had been employed withLakehead University for over 25 years in various positionsstarting out in the Continuing Education Department, and most recently as the Director of InternationalActivities.It was pre and post World War II studies in public school that first sparked his interest in history.He collected articles from newspapers and magazines which accumulated into severalscrap books. Danbecame particularly interested in the impact of Church and Religionon historical events. Dan was a foundingmember of the Lakehead Symphony Orchestra and had played with the Orchestra in the violin sectionfor many years.Danhad a black belt in Karate and began operating a Karate school while in high school.As a Karate instructor, Danbecame a source of inspiration to his students, many of whom became hislife long friends. It was through Karate that Dan developed his interest inOriental culture. He often traveled to Japanand spent his Administrative LeaveTeaching at Gifu University. Gifu was to become his second home. He traveled to Japan, Soviet Union, Korea, Chinaand Hong Kong and Dan collected memorabilia from his travels.Dan was the recipient of several awards includinganHonourary Doctorate fromTyumen State University in the RussianFederation. Dan wasinstrumental in establishing the exchange programs between Lakehead University and Gifu University,Japan andTyumen State University in the Russian Federation. Dan was a friend to all international students and was well respected and likedby them. Many of the exchange studentsremained in contact with him. Dan was fluent in Russian. He could read, speak and write the language which was an asset in his travels. He was an avid reader and enjoyed studying other cultures. Dan had a life long passion for classical music and enjoyed watching and discussing movies with his friends. He enjoyedfishing and hunting and just being outdoors. Dan especially looked forward tospending time with his nephews and showing them how to fly fish. He was a generous and caring man who wouldgo out of his way to assist anyone who needed it. His heart was as big as his home.Dan will be lovingly remembered byhis brothers: Richard (Cookie) Pakylak and Ray (Mary Cernigoj) Pakylak ; nephews: Aaron,Stefan and Jesse Pakylak; aunts: Helen (Mike) Theodoropoulous and Mary Moir.He will be missed by his many friendsand his constant companion 'Princess'. He was predeceased by hisparents Peter and Ella Pakylak and his brother Joseph in infancy.Funeral Services and Words of Remembrance for Daniel Pakulak will be held on Thursday evening, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, officiated by Rev. Lloyd Ivany. Visitation for family and friends will be held the same evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dan's memory to AmnestyInternational, United Way or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Thunder Bay.