Ihor Pikas, 31, of Williamsville, a computer systems analyst at Kaleida Health Systems who was active in the Ukrainian community, died Saturday (Feb. 10, 2001) in an auto accident in Towamencin Township, Pa., as he was en route to a Ukrainian social event in Philadelphia.
A native of Grand Island, he attended schools there. He earned bachelor of science and master of business administration degrees from the University at Buffalo. While attending college, he worked as an emergency medical technician and ambulance driver.
He also was a graduate of the Ukrainian School in Buffalo. Being bilingual, he was the initial coordinator for the Buffalo/Lviv Ukraine Partnership sponsored by U.S. Aid to International Development and the American International Health Alliance. That was a seven-year project between a hospital in Lviv and Millard Fillmore Hospital. It included the exchange of medical personnel, information, education and updated medical and surgical services. He traveled to Ukraine four times.
He left an official role in that project after three years to join Kaleida Health Systems as a computer systems analyst but continued working with the hospital project as a translator in the exchange of personnel to the Buffalo area.
Pikas was a lover of the outdoors, enjoying hiking, backpacking, whitewater kayaking and rafting and scuba diving. He had a long membership in Plast, Ukrainian Scouting. He practiced martial arts.
Survivors include his parents, Hryhoryj and Roksolana Bilas Pikas of Grand Island; a brother, Roman of Newport News, Va.; and grandparents Katryna Pikas of Buffalo and Zenobia Bilas of Cohoes.
Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Friday in Greco Funeral Home, 2909 Elmwood Ave., Town of Tonawanda, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda. Burial will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Waterford.