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September 17, 2023
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Jurij Litynskij of New Hope, PA and formerly of Langhorne, PA, died Sunday, September 17, 2023. He was 87.
Jurij was born on May 17k 1936 in Lviv, Ukraine. He was the son of the late Alexander and Emilia (Myronowycz) Litynskij.
His family emigrated to from Ukraine to Austria in 1943 and from Austria to Argentina in 1949.
As a young man in Argentina, he lived and played soccer. He studied medicine for two years, was a member of Plast and Sum and the Ukrainian Choir. But all that came to an end when he was recruited by the Ukrainian-American Sports Club "Tryzub" to play goalie for them.
He left his family in Argentina in 1965 to take up residence and play soccer in Philadelphia. He enrolled at the Philadelphia Technical Institute, studying there for three years and graduated with honors in 1969 with a degree in Architectural Drafting.
This profession landed him a job with National Glass & Metal Company where he remained for 35 years. He was an active member of "Tryzub", first as a goalie and then as a coach for 10 years.
He joined several committees at UECC, Plast Pryat and Philadelphia Philatelic Society.
He excelled at everything he did, whether it was dancing the night away at every Engineers Ball with his beloved wife of 54 years, singing, gardening or helping family and friends with 'handy man' projects.
He carried on all Ukrainian traditions; all the holidays and decorating pysanky. His other hobbies were camping, reading and stamp and coin collections. His miniature train display was the envy of many.
He was very proud of his three children and five grandchildren.
Jurij is survived by his loving wife, Ana Maria; his children Christina (Eric), Gene (Amy) and George (Amanda); his grandchildren Avery, Taylor, Christian, Adrian and Gabriel; his sister, Alexandra Pineyro and her family in Argentina; his cousin Anna Maria (Szumylo) Cyhan (George) and their family; and many nieces and nephews in USA and Argentina. We will forever hold our memories of him in our hearts.