Bodian (Bob) Bayda

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Bodian (Bob) Bayda passed age of fifty-four on July 10, 1999.

Bob was born on March 7, 1945 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan the oldest son of Fred and May Bayda. Along with his two younger brothers, Mervin and Terry, he milked cows and did chores on the family farm. He loved sports, participating in track and field, hockey, softball, and bowling.

After completing high school in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan in 1963, he worked in Saskatoon for a while and then attended the Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw. There he completed a diploma in architectural technology in 1967.

After college, he moved to Edmonton and worked for the provincial government. Bob gained employment with Stewart, Weir & Co. Ltd. and, in 1970, he became a member of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists. Bob articled to R.J. Watson, ALS and received his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor in February 1976. Shortly thereafter, he started his own surveying company, Bayda and Associates Surveys Inc., which he ran with his wife Joyce until his death.

Bob was proud to be an Alberta Land Surveyor. Land surveying was never just a job to him. His love and devotion to the profession contributed to his personal satisfaction. Bob and I worked at the public relations booth at the Agricom Trade Fair, where he enjoyed answering questions and explaining his profession to others. Bob loved being outdoors doing field work for house stakeouts and subdivisions. He enjoyed new challenges that came his way. Bob's clients will miss his great service; a house builder could arrive at any time in the day or evening with a roll of house plans and Bob would find time to discuss the job with him. Bob could accurately hand draft surveyor's certificates and subdivision plans on linen with ease. He had done a lot of drafting while at Stewart, Weir and didn't even require a drafting arm. A table, pens, scale, and triangles were all Bob needed. He rarely used Leroy and had his own distinct drafting style. It was a pleasure to have known Bob and to work and article with him.

Bob's life work was assisting others and caring for his family. He volunteered in an executive capacity for many different organizations. He spent a considerable amount of time involved with his church, St. John Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, St. Johns Senior Citizens Home, Ukrainian Bilingual Association, Foresters, and the Edmonton Sabres and Edmonton Crusaders Marching Bands. Bob was involved for many years with the Dovercourt Community League. He volunteered many hours of his time for all organizations that his children were associated with. He always stressed that an education was a very important part of their life.

He also assisted and billeted many Ukrainians and other people from overseas and the United States that were visiting or relocating to Edmonton.

Bob enjoyed helping and meeting people. His personality could spark a conversation with anyone and the people always remembered him.

He was up every day working at 5:00 a.m. After a long day's work and supper, he would take the children to Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Ukrainian dancing, a church or school function, band practice, or other activity before heading off to attend a meeting or work bingo.

He loved to return to the family farm, especially during harvest. Family gatherings were very important in the large extended family on both the Bayda and Dmyterko sides. It was well known that Bob loved having visitors; the more people he had in their home, the happier he seemed. His keen sense of humour, his smile, his jokes, and his bubbly personality will be remembered by all who knew him.

Brian Doyle, ALS