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JOHN KARPAN John was born and raised in Flin Flon, MB. He was born to Anton Karpan and Matija Bozic, Tuesday, June 5, 1934. John had two sisters, Mag and Mary, whom he loved, and at the same time, loved to rib. At an early age, John developed what would become a lifelong passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. After a brief work experience at the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company, John went on to complete his high school education at Notre Dame College in Wilcox, SK. He then attained a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Ottawa, and a Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work at the University of Manitoba. John began his career as a social worker in Flin Flon, but soon settled in The Pas. He worked for the Provincial Government for 37 years, during which time he was Regional Director of Child and Family Services. John and Betty (Zimmerman) were married Saturday, July 16, 1960 in Flin Flon. They had four children, Vaughn, Cynthia, Stephanie and Tim. Johns devotion to his family was apparent through his unwavering support and encouragement of them in their individual interests and endeavours. John extended the same support to his daughters-in-law, Marjorie, Candiena and son-in-law Russ. His grandchildren, Nicholas, William, Blake, Milana and Max, were the recipients of countless fishing and "maths" lessons. Grandpa Karpan especially enjoyed teasing his grandchildren. Throughout his life, John was an active community member. He spent numerous years coaching in and supporting, The Pas Minor Hockey Association and was a member of various committees including The Pas Health Complex Board of Directors, The Pas Regional Health Authority Board and the Sacred Heart Church Finance Committee. Johns commitment to Northern Communities was recognized by the Keewatin Community College Board of Governors who, in 1997, honoured him with the Colleges Honorary Diploma. John trusted and believed in the goodness of all people. His deep faith guided him throughout his life and particularly throughout his illness. He was a man of many virtues with honesty, trustworthiness, and faith, being the most valued. John passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 21, 2004, at St. Anthonys Hospital, The Pas, aged 70 years, family by his side. John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Betty; son Vaughn (Marjorie) daughter Cynthia; daughter Stephanie (Russell Paddock) son Tim (Candiena) grandchildren, Nicholas, William, Milana, Max, Blake; mother Matija Dubrack; sisters, Amanda Parry and Mary Dubrack; sister-in-law Donna Johnson (Calvin) and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Anton Karpan; stepfather Mata Dubrack; brother-in-law Ray Parry; mother-in-law Evelyn Zimmerman (Corns) father-in-law George Zimmerman. A Christian Wake Service was held Tuesday, November 23, 8:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Hemauer Funeral Home, The Pas led by Rev. Martin Bradbury. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, November 24, 1:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, The Pas, with Archbishop Peter Sutton, O.M.I. and Rev. Martin Bradbury presiding. Music Ministry by Tanis Asselstine, Teresa Pidskalny and Sacred Heart Choir. Memories of the Heart were given by Johns son, Vaughn Karpan. Scripture Readings, grandson, Nicholas and daughter, Stephanie Karpan, friend, Johanna Williamson. Prayers of Intercession by niece, Heather Parry. Pallbearers were Tim Karpan, Vaughn Karpan, Russ Paddock, Don Manych, Raymond Parry, George Chigol. Honorary Pallbearers were Nurses and Staff 2nd Floor of St. Anthonys Hospital. Following the interment prayers at Lakeside Cemetery, a time of refreshment and fellowship was held at the Guy Hall. If friends so desire, donations to the Renovation Fund of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, c/o Box 1320, The Pas, MB, R9A 1L2, or to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Anthonys Hospital, c/o Box 240, The Pas, R9A 1K4, would be appreciated by Johns family. Dragi sine nekati bude laka crna zemlja u kojoj pocivate (Dear son, may you find peace in your place of rest) Hemauer Funeral Home, The Pas, Manitoba, in care of arrangements.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 26, 2004