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Born: Sep 27, 1961

Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2018

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JOHN AMBROSE BECKER September 27, 1961 - September 23, 2018 It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother and son. On September 23 of this year, John passed away at St. Boniface Hospital after a very brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Teresa (nee Anderson), children, Inna, Tanner and Shane, parents, Roman and Laverne Becker, sister Lorna Henry (Kelvin), and nephew Travis. John was born in Shellbrook, SK, attending school in Foxdale, Shellbrook and Birch Hills, graduating in 1979. He immediately moved to Alberta where, before long, he created, produced and distributed his own board game, Endeavour Eleven. Beyond that, he established himself as a trusted sales rep in the giftware / greeting card / home decor industry before being transferred to Winnipeg in 1991. He met and married Teresa shortly thereafter, and more than anything, he loved being the dad to his three kids. He joked that he was a simple farm boy and it was his dream to move back to the country and live off the land. He loved hockey (playing goal year-round and watching the Jets) and football, remaining a Roughrider fan his whole life. His most recent passion was board games, and he became known around town as "the board game guy". If there was ANY game someone wanted, he could get it for them. He will be remembered as a selfless, warm-hearted goofball who consistently endeavoured to bring joy to the people around him. Celebration of Life to be held at Springs Church, 725 Lagimodiere Blvd., Winnipeg, MB on Thursday (today), September 27 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Jacquie Fontaine officiating In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Men's Resource Centre of Manitoba or the Canadian Mental Health Association. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to: Rock Fontaine Funeral Director Honour - Respect - Dignity (204)223-2576 or (866)499-2601

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 27, 2018

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • I just found out now about John's passing - I am so sorry to hear about this. John was one of my best friends in school in Birch Hills. I remember spending weekends occasionally at his place, and hunting gophers and magpies. I saw him at one of the grad ceremonies at Birch Hills, where he was the commencement speaker. He talked about the challenges he faced and overcame in creating his board game Endeaver Eleven, which was a great topic. Unfortunately I lost touch with him after that. I remember him as kind, easy going and a great friend. - Posted by: Joel Falk (friend) on: Apr 21, 2021

  • This is my god father. I never met him but my mother always said he was a great man. he gave me my own copy of Endeavour Eleven when I was too young to even play it, still a baby. Once I got older I had a lot of fun playing that board game with my family over the years, until it literally fell apart from use. I very impressive game for its time. Still looking for another copy to this day, very rare. may you rest in heaven my long lost father. - Posted by: Matthew (God Son) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Just heard about John, the family have been our neighbours for over 10 years. Our thoughts and prayers are with Teresa and the family. - Posted by: sue and ray riel (neighbour) on: Oct 09, 2018

  • So sorry to hear the passing of a good friend. I first met John in junior high and we soon became buddies. After high school we shared an apartment in Alberta for a couple of years and then drifted apart as our work took us to different places. We would see each other every now and then.A couple highlights of being with John was being one of his best men at his wedding and going to a concert in Winnipeg back in 1993 to see Paul McCartney.Going to miss you John. You were a great friend. My condolences to his entire family. - Posted by: Craig Opseth (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2018

  • I meet John a little over 3 years ago and instantly realized what a kind and caring person he was. My girlfriend and I started going every weekend to spend time with John and talk, when we told John we were expecting he was very happy for us a showed it in his very special way. John adored my daughter after she was born and we started taking her to see him every weekend, it made him so happy, and we were so happy to spend some time with him. I know now that meeting John was fate and he will have an everlasting impact on my family and I. We were completely devastated when we heard the news of him falling ill and are heartbroken now we know he’s gone. We went to the service for this great man and could not stop crying, I know he had a positive impact on a multitude of people and heaven is a better place with him in it, love ya John, I’ll really miss you - Posted by: Kyle Reynolds (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2018

  • I was so shocked to see John’s smiling face today with the news of his passing. I was a client of his when he was a sales rep for several brands, I believe he worked under the name Clear Sailing? Either way, John was always so friendly and kind and wore the friendliest smile. I had run into him about a year ago and it was nice to see him and have a chat. My condolences to his entire family. May he rest in paradise. - Posted by: Sherrie Versluis (Former client/ The Preferred Perch) on: Sep 27, 2018

  • For the past 3 years or so John was my next-door neighbor as a flea market vendor. During this time we did some treasure hunting together, and without fail John brought me a coffee every Saturday and Sunday morning. John truly was a unique person who was kind, generous, caring and compassionate. John made being at the flea market lots of fun. I will truly miss him. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Terri Settle (Friend and flea market neighbor) on: Sep 27, 2018

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