In Memoriam: Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak

Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak (photo: OCA.org)Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak (photo: OCA.org)16 May 2018 • In Memoriam

Alumnus Archpriest Vadim Pogrebniak, 80, fell asleep in the Lord on the afternoon of the Leavetaking of Pascha, Wednesday, May 16, in Shoreline, WA. Fr. Vadim was Pastor Emeritus of Saint Spiridon Cathedral, Seattle, WA, and former Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the West.

Fr. Vadim attended St. Vladimir's Seminary from 1973 until 1976 in the Theological Division, the predecessor of what is now the seminary’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program. He also studied at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA.

In 1980, Father Vadim assumed the pastorate of Saint Spiridon’s, from which he retired on December 31, 2007.  Earlier, he served parishes in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.  In addition to his pastoral ministry, he was widely known for his expertise in the field of liturgical music and choral conducting.

Father Vadim is survived by his beloved wife, Matushka Helen, their sons Kyrie and Deema, and his sister Donya Platoff.  Online condolences may be sent in care of the Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home.

The Funeral Service will be celebrated at Three Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church, 6402 226th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA on Monday, May 21 at 6 p.m. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 22 at 9 a.m., followed by interment at Edmonds Memorial Cemetery, Edmonds, WA. A repast will follow at the church.

May Father Vadim’s memory be eternal!

Sections of this article have been reprinted from OCA.org.