Michael Bezubiak

Title

Michael Bezubiak

Description

A biography of ULFTA member Michael Bezubiak.

Type

Text

Rights

Reproduction may be restricted. Contact AUUC.

Coverage

Vancouver, BC

Language

English

Birth Date

December 1900

Birthplace

Mondir, Alberta

Death Date

June 1973

Biographical Text

Michael Bezubiak was born in December 1900 in the town of Mondir, Alberta. After completing eight grades of public school he left to help his father farm their homestead. Michael married in 1925 and during the next ten years four daughters and a son were welcomed to the family.

Michael and his family moved to Vancouver, BC in 1929. There he had hoped to find employment but those were hard tomes and he found himself on Relief as there was no work available. During this time Michael's brother Bill introduced him to the activities of the ULFTA and he began to attend concerts and lectures. At the outbreak of World War II, jobs became plentiful and Nick found work at the Burrard Shipyards. In 1953 he and his son Lorne opened a furniture store, where he worked until his illness in 1972. He continued to take an interest in the operation of the store until his death in June of 1973.

Michael loved to play the violin and performed often at the Ukrainian Hall as well as the Russian and Yugoslav halls. He was a member of both the mixed choirs and the men's choir. Michael took part in many of the activities of the AUUC and was a member of the WBA as well as a reader of the progressive Ukrainian press.

Citation

“Michael Bezubiak,” Association of United Ukrainian Canadians - Vancouver, accessed April 18, 2021, https://auucvancouver.digitalhistoryhub.com/items/show/197.