Ken G. Lasiuk, a resident of Sag Harbor, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 26 following a 20-month battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was 63 years old.
Born on June 12, 1949 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada, Mr. Lasiuk was the son of the late Morris Lasiuk and Jane Lasiuk-Ferrari. He was a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and worked from 1971-1984 for the Provincial Government of Saskatchewan in various administrative capacities. In 1982-83, he completed his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.
While visiting a friend interning at the United Nations in New York, Mr. Lasiuk managed to secure an interview for himself, and in 1984 joined the United Nations where he worked for 25 years in the New York-based Secretariat. After several administrative positions, he became Executive Officer for the Office of Legal Affairs in 1992, reporting directly to the Legal Counsel to the Secretary General. The highlight of his tenure in the Legal Office was his direct involvement with the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Mr. Lasiuk was also active with the United Nations International School where his daughter was a student for three years and where he served on its board of directors from July 2001 – June 2008.
Mr. Lasiuk was a passionate hockey player having enjoyed the sport all his life. He played weekly for more than 20 years in New York at Sky Rink and then at Chelsea Piers. Locally he was an active member of the Hackers at the Buckskill Winter Club where last winter he was on the ice with a paraplegic’s ice sled his Hacker teammates purchased for him. Mr. Lasiuk was a great entertainer. His storytelling is legendary as were his antics in the annual office holiday play where he dressed up as the wives of senior UN officials, very often with her present. At 6’0” and 180 lbs, his “impersonations” triggered a great deal of laughter and good times. He also loved music, particularly reggae and jazz, and had a special affection for Jerry Jeff Walker.
Mr. Lasiuk is survived by his wife Carol Powel Smith, his daughter Emma Lasiuk, and his mother Jane Lasiuk-Ferrari. Funeral services were held on February 1 at St. Andrew Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial contribution be made to East End Hospice, PO Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.