elevated 3stLm July 31, 1929 ~ September 15, 2021
elevated 3stLm Alexander Donald Karapita, 92. Cherished husband of over 60 years to Gertrude, beloved father to Stephanie (O’Neil Smith), Michael (Paul Harris) and John (Shelley Potter), and adoring grandfather to Sophia, Ksenia, Joshua and Claudia. Alex also leaves his sisters Mary Wenc and Pearl Wuschenny, many nieces, nephews and extended family across Canada.
elevated 3stLm A man devoted to family and faith, science and math, health care and innovation, Alex was born in Jedburgh, Saskatchewan to a large Ukrainian family who had come to Canada for a new life in a new land. He was educated first in Yorkton and then in Montreal at Sir George Williams (Concordia) University and the University of Toronto.
elevated 3stLm Alex blazed a trail in hospital management in Newfoundland, the Ontario Ministry of Health, as Executive Director of Women’s College Hospital, and in private enterprise. He singularly revolutionized bedside care across Canada with his ground-breaking invention of the hanging I-V pole, the first of many ingenious approaches to patient care.
elevated 3stLm The family will hold a private Ukrainian Catholic funeral and burial and invites anyone wishing to do so to make a donation to the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at the University of Toronto and/or the renovation fund at Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Toronto.