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Date of Passing: Aug 08, 2019

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On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Jack passed away at the Portage District General Hospital at the age of 80 years after a hard fought battle with lung cancer.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife Jytte of Portage la Prairie; daughter Enid Sweeney (fiancé David Masse) of Starbuck and granddaughters, Kelsey and Sydney of Portage la Prairie; daughter Paula Johnston and grandson Ty of Winnipeg; daughter Leah Hyrsak (Darron) and grandchildren, Rachel and Bryce of Brandon; and son Thomas Johnston of Winnipeg. Jack also leaves behind his sister Maxine Kehler of Calgary; brother-in-law Rene Ammann of Winnipeg; sister-in-law Susanne Johnston of Portage; grandchildren, Cole and Sydney Lindblom and their mother Colleen of Winnipeg; great-aunts, Norma Wiebe, Lola Wiebe, Marg (Clarence) McIntyre; along with the Hellesoe family including numerous nieces, nephews, cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Emma Johnston; sister Sandra Ammann; brother Brian Johnston and parents-in-law, Hans and Inga Hellesoe.
Jack's funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Glesby Centre, 11 - 2 Street NE, Portage la Prairie, with Pastor Kevin Trembley and Mr. Cecil Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Longburn Cemetery.
The family wish to thank Dr. Price, Dr. Tan, Dr. Paul, Dr. Bashir, emergency, medical and surgical staff for their excellent care and compassion for the duration of his illness.
If desired, expressions of sympathy can be made with donations in Jack's memory to the CNIB Foundation, 1080 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3G 3M3, the Children's Hospital Research Foundation, 501-840 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S1, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5 or the Central Plains Cancer Services, 318 Saskatchewan Ave., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0K8.

A tree will be planted and cared
for in memory of Jack by
McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel
who are in care of arrangements
and can be contacted at 204-857-4021 or

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 10, 2019

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