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Born: Nov 20, 1930

Date of Passing: Oct 16, 2014

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ARTHUR JOHN BOARDMAN (JACK) It is with heavy hearts and deepest sorrow that we share with you the unexpected passing of Arthur John Boardman (Jack) on October 16, 2014 at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg, MB. Jack had been recovering from what had been deemed a successful vascular procedure in September, and one from which his family had expected to be bringing him home to celebrate his 84th birthday in the coming weeks. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered, by wife Sophie (Szpilak), daughters Leslie Anne and Deborah Lynn, grandchildren Sarah Alexandra and Sean Alexander, brother Denham and sister-in-law Beryl (of England), numerous cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews and friends. Jack was born in Calgary Alberta November 20, 1930 of parents Harold Boardman and Connie Lomax and returned to England where he spent his youth. Jack was always full of stories of his time in England with brother Denham, family dog Micky, and pals Stanley, Herbert and Ron, (to name a few). As a young adult Jack returned to Canada to pursue an adventurous career as a gold assayer in Yellowknife, N.W.T . Eventually leaving for Calgary, he worked at Trader's Finance Co., (where he met his spouse of 57 years) Sophie Katherine Szpilak, in 1958. From finance he ventured into bank managing with the Bank of Nova Scotia and moved to Winnipeg with his family in 1962. Jack later opened a cleaning franchise in Winnipeg, and went on to eventually reach retirement as an employee with John Black Memorial Church. Jack had a multi-dimensional persona with an incredible number of talents and diverse interests. Some early accomplishments included being awarded the 1958 Annual Motorcycle Road Racing Championship for Alberta; His Appointment to President of the Winnipeg Chess Club Association, a post he held for consecutive years; Winner of the 1977 Wildwood Club Golf Tournament average score in low 70's; Member of both The Winnipeg Rifle Association & The Barracks Air Force team, ranking second place overall in Canada in shooting competitions; Obtaining computer programming diploma at RRCC with highest class average which led to later years of developing adventure programs. Jack was ever a lover of all things "English" and "Medieval". From roast 'beast' and fish and chips, to Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood and his namesake, King Arthur. He was pleased to discover the Boardman name had an Official Coat of Arms. Jack had an unbelievable intellect and into his 80s could still recant scientific formulas, biblical scriptures and all the words to English limericks and British pub-rhymes, he had learned as a lad, from memory. Jack had a love of astronomy, physics and chemistry, devoting hours to create amazing science fair projects for his daughters. Always a fan of adventure and pirates, Jack created incredibly detailed treasure hunts for both of his daughters with maps in invisible ink, encrypted coded clues, and the unearthing of buried treasure chests . Jack also loved the dramatic, and created audio tapes with each of his daughters. A favourite family project was recording "An Appointment With Fear" story episodes, with creepy special effects, (including Jack's own rendition of a Boris Karloff narrative). For someone so intellectual he was also extremely artistic - a rare gift - his greatest accomplishment of which he was most pleased, was his oil painting of Christ, which remains proudly displayed in the family home. Jack was a self-taught Harmonica player, and an amazing whistler, both inspired by his passion for the wild west. Jack loved boxing, martial arts, and Bruce Lee movies. He enjoyed 'sparring' sessions with his granddaughter, and one of his proudest moments was seeing his grandson get his green belt in Karate. Jack remained an outdoor enthusiast planning many hiking/snowshoeing excursions for his family to explore abandoned mines, tobogganing and skating at Kildonan Park, and long summer days on the beaches of Lake Manitoba. A gentle spirited man, Jack loved animals. Over the years becoming a caregiver for multiple stray dogs his daughters brought home, helping to find adoptive families. Jack's favourite holiday pastimes included canasta, scrabble, pool, charades and flying model airplanes with his nephew Gary. Jack would also never say no to watching a "good" movie, (provided there was always a happy ending and an honourable hero in the storyline). Jack maintained a happy and grateful disposition through all his life challenges and health difficulties, as he survived numerous heart and vascular procedures, and severe onsets of Rheumatoid arthritis, over a period of almost 20 years. He would always just smile and say," I guess God isn't finished with me yet". Through adversity, his faith only deepened, his outlook only brightened and his desire to focus on others' needs instead of his own, only grew stronger. We will forever miss his sound advice on life issues, his forgiving, gracious nature, his wonderful rendition of the "Darktown Poker Club" , his mean homemade stew, the courage he had in face of adversity, his love of conspiracy theories, his ability to show visible emotions whenever he spoke of his family, beliefs or convictions, and his unwavering integrity and commitment to putting others and their needs before himself. A Memorial Service in Celebration of Jack's Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014 in the Chapel, at Church of the Rock at 1397 Buffalo Place and McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg, MB. If so desired, donations may be made in Jack's name to UNICEF or The Winnipeg Humane Society.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 22, 2014

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Leslie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. grant - Posted by: Grant Buhay (friend of Leslie) on: Dec 10, 2015

  • I just wanted to pass along my condolences to the family. I knew Jack back in the 80's. He certainly enjoyed his TRS-80 back then. I was always impressed by his vast knowledge, and his gentlemanly manner. -=> Doug <=- - Posted by: Doug Howe (friend) on: Nov 28, 2014

  • Leslie, I didn't have a chance to speak to you after the service as I had prior commitments and had to leave at 3 pm. I wanted to say thank you for calling me and letting me know of the service. It was absolutely beautiful! I knew your Dad was special the first time I met him not only by his words but by that sparkle in his eyes. I appreciated getting to know him and your family even better at the service. Your Dad continued to inspire me (more than words can describe and on so many different levels) as I learned more about his life. He was an absolute rarity and treasure, I'm so sorry he is gone. I will always remember JACK BOARDMAN and try to be a little more like him! Take Care Teresa Sala - Posted by: Teresa Sala (Nurse at HSC) on: Nov 28, 2014

  • I grew up in the Boardman household and admired the love, patience and integrity of Jack...he adored his two gorgeous daughters (gorgeous is an under statement), and I was lucky enough to be semi-adopted xo, The memorial today was beautiful and Debbie and Leslie's tribute was from the heart and so both carry his grace, compassion, and strength and he must be so proud to have had you as his kin. I am only a phone call away, am praying for you and more importantly know your dad is with you as you walk this road...hugs and love in our Lord, Karen - Posted by: Karen Kyliuk (Third daughter ;) as Debbie would say it) on: Nov 25, 2014

  • I feel blessed to have met "Jack"! He always brightened my day and had nothing but inspiring thoughts. Kindness and a sense of peace oozed from him. The world is a better place because of people like him. Sorry for your deep loss girls. - Posted by: Jacquie Delaney (Nurse at HSC) on: Nov 25, 2014

  • I only got to know him after he was hospitalized but he left a lasting impression on me with his wealth of knowledge, keen intellect and love of life. He will be greatly missed but all that took the time to get to know him. - Posted by: Garth Barnett (friend) on: Nov 23, 2014

  • Will always remember Jack at the famous Boardman's Boxing Day get togethers. A quieter gentleman but always gave you the time for a chat or opinion. As chance would have it (or maybe not) I was going to HSC when he was hospitalized. Sure was glad to have those last two visits. His daughters were always on his mind. God bless. - Posted by: Lesley Burch (friend) on: Nov 22, 2014

  • Jack & I met @ Robins Donuts on Martin & Henderson Hwy. You will be missed. - Posted by: Rod Scott (friend of approx. 25 yrs.) on: Nov 22, 2014

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