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Onufrey Ilia "Fred" Perepelycia
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Birth: Jun. 25, 1882, Ukraine
Death: Jun. 16, 1962
Anaheim
Orange County
California, USA

He worked as a switchman for the Regina Municipal Street Railway and worked there continusly until his retirement in 1946 with a pension of $49 per month paid by his employer. In 1921, the family moved to a newly built home at 1172 McIntosh Street, and in 1924 to 2357 Argyle Street. He, his wife and daughter, moved to Toronto area in 1947 (Alpha Street). In 1956 he and his wife moved to California USA and bought a home at 12321 Alpine Street in Lynwood and later bought a home at 216 East Adele Street in Anaheim, where he lived until his death in 1962. His hair was dark brown and was mostly bald at an early age. He had brown eyes, heavy eyebrows, he had a good physique except that when he was in his 40s he was quite fat for a year or two. He was 5' 8" tall. He often grew a full moustache and had a remarkable resemblance to Taras Schevchenko, the famous Ukrainian poet. He had a very hairy chest. He was very handy and versatile around the house and whenever anything needed repair he would do his best to repair it, and though the end product may not have been as neat as by a tradesman, his repair was invariably successful. He often made his own beer and wine. It is believed that he distilled whiskey at his McIntosh Street residence. He soled the shoes in the family and was quite an expert. He was a barber to all the boys. He was an outstanding gardener and people from the neighborhood would come to him for advice. It was often said that a weed wouldn't dare grow in his yard. His Argyle Street home was heated by coal and wood stove and a heater and he would often bring logs which he would first saw into proper length and then split the logs for kindling and have enough in the fall to last the entire winter. His eating habits were of the "old country". At Christmas and Easter he would help his wife prepare lavish Ukrainian dish. At Easter one year he flicked a tablespoon of wheat and honey dish (called pshanechi) at the ceiling, leaving a stain, and unbeknownst to his children this was the traditional thing to do in Ukraine at Easter time. He had many friends both English and Ukrainian and as a switchman he was always talking to people on the street and was well known. He had a special way of bringing all the children home for supper or whatever from a far away as a mile from home it was a whistle he did by placing two fingers of each hand in his mouth and blowing a certain refrain that was unique and everyone in the neighborhood knew it but nobody could imitate it except perhaps Alex, Steve and Jack. He was quite ingenious at times once while living in Anaheim he developed a wooden mechanism for locking the back door that was virtually not visible and worked exceptionally well. He was not a churchgoer but he often read his Ukrainian bible aloud at home, appreciated by his wife and over the years he read the entire bible. He claimed no formal education but could read, write and speak very well in both Ukrainian and English. He owned only one automobile in his life a Reo he bought in 1921 which he not only drove on the roads but across the many fields around his home on McIntosh Street. In California he owned a small electric car (convertible) which he drove on the sidewalks to and from the shopping centers. He often took his grandchildren riding in this little car and let them steer and they had great fun with him. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Annie Marchyshyn Perepelycia (1888 - 1967)
 
 Children:
  Alex (Perepelycia) Preston (1914 - 2000)*
  Steve (Perepelycia) Preston (1915 - 2012)*
  Mark (Perepelycia) Preston (1917 - 2006)*
  Jack (Perepelycia) Preston (1919 - 2009)*
  Harry (Perepelycia) Preston (1921 - 1972)*
  Olga Perepelycia Berlin (1925 - 2007)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cypress)
Cypress
Orange County
California, USA
Plot: Dawn Section, Space 3, Lot 4021
 
Created by: Sue Chenoweth
Record added: Oct 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79304684
Onufrey Ilia Fred Perepelycia
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