The Life and Times of Vince Baraniski
Vince Baraniski made his presence known in this world on May 17, 1939. He was the 12th child of Tony and Sofija. He grew up and attended school in the Causeway District. He left home at an early age and worked at many different jobs. He was no stranger to hard work. From B.C. to Ontario; from pin-setter in a bowling alley to driving a Pepsi truck to logging and drywalling. Vince was willing to take what he could get and did it all. He settled and made his home in the Petaigan area. In the 60’s he started his life in farming while he continued to work locally during the winters. He was a part of building some iconic structures in the area such as the L.P Miller School and what is now known as the E.B. Campbell dam.
In October of 1964, he and Sandra started their life together. Over the next few years, they had 3 children and raised their family on the farm. They worked hard season after season until 2003, at which time they bought a home in Nipawin and started their next chapter in town. Their son, Kerry moved onto the farm and they continued to build Lone Tower together for many years.
As much as Vince valued hard work, he and Sandra did take time to enjoy some of the finer things in life. They traveled to a variety of different countries and spent many winters in Yuma, Arizona where they met many good friends.
Vince took an avid interest in many of the sports activities his kids participated in. He was always up to the challenge of seeing who the top dog could be. From high jumping, to foot racing to arm-wrestling to playing 500 in the yard, Vince was in the middle of giving it his best. He used his own skills and abilities in baseball as a foundation to mentor his son’s baseball teams for many years. Vince also had a keen interest in curling and broadened his circle of friends as they traveled throughout the province curling and having fun. When he wasn’t curling, he participated in playing cards, with a particular passion for Kaiser. His card playing skills are legendary throughout the land, or so we were told. Basically, if there was a challenge involved, he was in. This included an abundance of lively “debates”, which he always won. When he quit playing sports, he started watching his grandsons play hockey and baseball.
Vince was a man who believed in the loyalty of family, value of hard-work and walking through life with a purpose.
Vince leaves to carry on these values; his wife, Sandra, his children Roxanne(Mike) and children, Nicholas(Cristal) and son Syles, Delaney, Taylor, Darcy and sons Shay(Alyssa), Calder(Annissa), Kerry(Candy), brother Frank(Shirley), sister Betty, and Gayla(Mike), sister-in-law Marie.
He was pre-deceased by his parents Tony and Sofija, his brothers Walt(Dorothy), Leo, sisters Mary, Agnus, Mildred(Tom), Jean(Bill), Zenny(Gordon), Marie(Bill), Eileen(Joe), Kay, Annette, Norma(Doug).
Private family service. Live Stream of the service will be available from an independent source, not associated with Heritage Funeral Home Ltd.