FUTURE BAKERY

Roman, Borys, and Irene Wrzesnewskyj

Anyone who visited the Toronto Ukrainian Baptist Church for Sunday services or throughout the week would always stop in at Future Bakery which was located behind the church on Queen St.

Every Sunday morning, even before service ended, some people would slip out just before the last prayer, so that they would avoid the long line-up of people from all the surrounding Ukrainian churches in the area, all rushing over to get the great dark and light rye bread, kaiser rolls, egg loaf, poppy-seed loaf, sugar buns, crescents, and babkas, especially during Christmas and Easter time.

It was hard to avoid the great smell of bread being baked coming from the bakery while church service was going on, especially when the church windows were open.

Peter Tymciw and his brother Paul worked at Future Bakery for 8+ years, working six days a week after school, packing buns for several hours each night and also worked during the summer slicing bread.  Peter's mom and older sister and brother also worked at the bakery just after their family immigrated to Canada in November 1962. 

Peter will always be grateful to the Wrzesnewskyj family for providing employment for their family, especially when Peter was in Grade 7 and his brother Paul was in Grade 8, just as their father was going through several back operations and while finances were very tight in the Tymciw home for many years.  Having the employee benefit of being able to bring home a loaf of rye bread and kaisers each night will be something that Peter will never forget.

When Peter started Bible studies for the youth in 1984, he remembers Borys coming over with a box of cheesecake which the youth really enjoyed that night, and discussing with Borys, the future of both the church and the bakery in the Queen West area, which Borys envisioned.  When Peter was planning the Toronto Church's 50th Anniversary, he contacted the Wrzesnewskyj family and invited them to the Saturday night program on June 3rd, 2000. Borys' parents both came out and Peter shared many memories that night about Future Bakery and how the Wrzesnewskyj family helped the Tymciw family for so many years, and also thanked them both for being such great neighbours and for providing the church members with great baked goods for so many years.

After Peter shared from his heart, Irene Wrzesnewskyj stood to her feet and wanted to address the congregation and Peter invited her to the platform where she graciously thanked us for being such great neighbours but more importantly, thanked us for the 50 years of spiritual work that our Ukrainian Baptist church was celebrating.


The next day, after the Sunday afternoon anniversary service, Borys came by once again with several large boxes of cheesecakes for the church to enjoy during their "chai" time, and asked to give a speech as well while we were downstairs enjoying our desserts, which was usually the custom after many special services.  He spoke from the heart and said that his parents came home from the Saturday night program and he never saw them so emotionally moved after coming home from a church service and wanted to personally thank us in words and with the gift of cheesecakes.

Rev.Dawidiuk announcing that Borys would like to speak.

Peter and Borys, with a gift of Anniversary pictures for his parents.

The Ukrainian church lost a great neighbour when Future Bakery relocated to Etobicoke.  On June 28, 2004, Canada's Federal Election day, Peter was in Toronto and saw election signs for Borys Wrzesnewskyj in Etobicoke Centre while he was visiting the Ukrainian Credit Union in the same area.  Peter drove around and found Borys campaigning as it was election day.  Later that night, Borys was elected as MP for Etobicoke Centre, a position he still holds today, six years later.

In 2009, Peter was saddened to read weeks after the funeral had taken place, that Roman Wrzesnewskyj passed away and regrets not being able to attend.  His obituary is found below and when one reads it, you will find a man who loved his Ukrainian community and gave so much of himself to it. While Peter worked at the bakery, he witnessed so many times, the generous spirit of Roman when he donated to so many causes.

This past summer, while Peter was catching up on reading some newspapers, he was saddened once again when he came across the obituary of Wasyl Radj, who passed away on April 28, 2010.  He was Peter's boss while he worked at the bakery.  Mr. Radj was employed for 45 years as a Master Baker with Future Bakery, and was the one responsible for making and mixing all the dough upstairs before it was dropped down the chute to the first floor, where the table workers prepared loaves of bread and kaisers by hand, as they stood around the big wooden table. The customers never had the opportunity to see what Wasyl did each day upstairs, which was bending over the large vats each day, mixing the dough over and over again, by hand.      

Borys' grandmother, Anna, faithfully worked each day at that table, well into her 80s, and ran a tight ship, and counted every penny, especially when the drivers came back each day after their store deliveries.  She always made sure all the workers knew who was the boss.




Roman Borys Wrzesnewskyj

ROMAN BORYS WRZESNEWSKYJ After a courageous battle with cancer, Roman passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Toronto's St. Joseph's Hospital, in his 82nd year surrounded by family. Beloved husband of Irene (nee Kussy) for 56 years, dear father ('tato') of Ruslana and of Borys, and proud grandfather of Petra, Yara, Anka, Olena and Viktoria. Fondly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren, by his 'Future Bakery' family and many friends. Predeceased by brother Bohuslaw, mother Anna (Zawadovych) and father Felix. Roman and his parents were refugees who fled the horrors of Soviet and Nazi terror during the Second World War and arrived on Canada's shores with dreams of peace and hopes for a better future. Roman instilled in his children and grandchildren a deep appreciation and love for our great country Canada and an active engagement in our democracy and its resultant freedoms. Alongside his love for Canada, dad, 'tato', also taught us to respect the history, struggles and sacrifices of our ancestral roots in Ukraine. In typical immigrant fashion, he worked hard; picking tobacco, shovelling coal for the railroad, then working as a dish washer in Winnipeg, while in his spare time he was a member of The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. The family saved their earnings and saw the fulfillment of their immigrant dreams when they opened their first business, a bakery in the big city of Toronto. They named it 'Future Bakery' for it was to be their vehicle towards building a better future for our family. Over the decades Roman worked hard in building successful businesses, while living his life to the fullest. Although believing in always fulfilling one's obligations, he was known to sneak away from the bakery with employees and head off to the tennis courts. Roman was principled in his belief of giving back to community, to his country and to his country of birth Ukraine. He was unswayable in his values, a perpetual optimist, a friend to turn to for advice; the rock of our family. While we know that he is always with us, we will all miss his physical presence. Friends and family are invited for visitation and Panachyda services on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church, 4 Bellwoods Ave. (at Queen St. W.) at 7:30 p.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church followed by interment at Park Lawn Cemetery in Etobicoke. Afterwards a luncheon and celebration of Roman's life will be held at King's Garden Banquet Hall (Etobicoke). In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make a donation to Help Us Help The Children (2118-A Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M6S 1M8).



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