ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE LACROSSE HALL OF FAME PASSES
Date of Induction: 2012
Career: 1945 - 1959
Butch Wozniak's lacrosse career began in 1945 and continued until 1960. He was recognized as an all-round player with a terrific scoring touch.
Butch's name could always be found at the top of the league's scoring leaders and he was awarded several scoring titles. He played on three provincial all-star teams, 1951, 1952 and 1953. Butch will also be recognized as a member of the 1951 Manitoba Junior All-Stars squad that was inducted in 2012. That was the first team from the province to win the Western Canadian Lacrosse Championship, al-lowing them to advance to the finals of the Minto Cup competition.
Butch served as President of the Manitoba Lacrosse Alumni from 1986 to 2007, and continues to remain active with the organization.
MERRILL NICHOLAS (BUTCH) WOZNIAK
1933 - 2023
As gentle as he was, he passed. Merrill Nicholas (Butch) Wozniak passed away on December 14, 2023, with his wife and his son Jon by his side. Butch suffered from dementia for the last seven years and now he is free. The family has happy memories of him recently celebrating his 90th birthday where he even joined in singing Happy Birthday.
He was known as Butch from the age of five despite many attempts to call him otherwise and Merrill Nicholas was only used when he was in trouble.
Butch was born in Winnipeg on November 17, 1933, and raised in the East Kildonan area where he attended school. He was active in hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and baseball. Hockey took him to Thunder Bay and Lethbridge playing in the junior league. In later years he coached hockey and lacrosse and was inducted into the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012. He served on the board of the Manitoba Lacrosse Alumni for many years.
After some minor jobs he joined CN in the car shop and retired as Supervisor in the car shops in 1990.
In 1962 he married Lynda and celebrated 61 years of married life this year. Seven years later, along came son Jonathan and two years later son Philip. It was an active life with both boys playing sports. In 1983 he had a cottage at Hillside Beach built doing a lot of work himself with the help of the boys.
Retirement provided time for Butch and Lynda to travel and they visited England, Scotland, Ireland Germany, Portugal, Malta, China, Greece, Mexico, Canada, and parts of the U.S.
Butch was predeceased by his mother and father Anne and Daniel Wozniak and his brother Donald Wozniak. He is survived by his wife Lynda (nee Hodge), sons Jonathan (Gemma), Philip and Ronald (Lissa); grandchildren Kyle DelaCruz, Kayla DelaCruz, Evan Wozniak, and Jeremy Wozniak.
A family graveside service will be held at a later date.