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It is with sorrow that the family of Vadym Pyatovolenko of Poolesville, Maryland, announces his passing on September 25, 2022, at the age of eighty-two. 

He is survived by his wife, Tamara, son Igor (Olena), daughter Julia (Rosty), grandchildren Solomya, Fedir, Ivan (Maria), Tetyana, Iryna (Mykhailo), Joseph, Peter, Paul, sister Nelia, brother Valentyn, nieces, nephews, many friends, and extended family.

He is predeceased by his father, Gregory, and mother, Nadya.

He lived a full life and had a distinguished career as a college professor of mathematics in his native Ukraine. Being raised in an orphanage in post-World War II years, he graduated from University and was able to bring his younger siblings to the city of Dnipro. Being from a family of schoolteachers, he continued a family tradition by becoming a college professor. As such, he was a mentor to many. He met his wife Tamara when he taught graduate-level classes at the University. It was love at first sight. They had two wonderful children together. Vadym was life loving man – always kind and positive with a great sense of humor. He firmly believed in the goodness of mankind. He suffered from a stroke at the age of 71 and was partially paralyzed and could not speak (global aphasia), but he kept his smile and positive attitude to life -his eyes could tell stories without saying a word. He dearly loved his wife, Tamara. He admired her kindness, generosity of spirit, and was very grateful to her for the love and care she has shown throughout their fifty-five-year relationship, and especially for almost 12 years since his stroke.

Similarly, he loved his children and grandchildren and was honored by their achievements greatly. He was an incredible father who taught them the importance of commitment, taking responsibility, and asking for forgiveness. In the last years of his life, he became a refugee, fleeing the Russian war in Ukraine. Being a survivor of Word War II atrocities in Ukraine, it was especially difficult for him to change the country in his late years. But after moving to Poolesville, Maryland, he loved his new community, new country, and the countryside. Being raised at a farm, he certainly appreciated the tranquility of Poolesville. He loved animals and his favorite cat Moe. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten. The tears shed by his family and friends are not merely from sorrow but from gratitude for having had him in our lives.

A funeral service will take place at the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Silver Spring, Maryland, on Thursday, September 29,  2022, at 11:00  am, with interment to follow in the Monocacy cemetery in Poolesville, Maryland. May his memory be eternal and always to be remembered! 



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