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Born: Jun 24, 1942
Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
June 24, 1942 - November 2, 2019
John's life started in Foam Lake, SK. before his parents moved to a farm in Marquette, MB. Coming from a home with Ukrainian parents, John learned to speak English when he started elementary school in Meadow Lea. Although he attended high school in Warren, John didn't really need schooling as he was a natural at fixing and building things on his own (with or without plans). After his school years, he worked for many companies before becoming a mechanic and opening his own service station. John and Lynne were married in November of 1966 and settled down in Stony Mountain, MB to start a family, and where John worked at the maximum security federal penitentiary. Seven years and two children later he discovered Vancouver Island, BC and decided that was the place he wanted to be. John put the house up for sale, quit his job, packed his family into a 22 foot travel trailer and headed to the West Coast where he would live in the Chemainus area for over 40 years. It didn't take long before he was hired by BC Forrest Products. He started at the bottom and worked his way up to being the manager of Fiber Supply. He was well liked and respected by his crew for being a fair manager who had his crew's best interest at heart. This was also true for the baseball and hockey teams he coached over the years. After retiring John liked to keep busy; morning coffee with his old farts club, puttering about in his yard or shop, helping neighbours who needed something built or fixed, napping with his cat or his son's dog, and spending time with his family.
John liked people and people liked him. Much like his father he liked to talk to people. John knew everyone in town and everyone knew John. Even though his front lawn was the size of a postage stamp it took him two hours to mow the grass as he had to talk with everyone who walked by. Like his mother, John was non-judgmental. It didn't matter who you were, you were worth his time and friendship. Also like his parents, he was proud of his Ukrainian heritage and was always prepared for each holiday with cabbage rolls and perogies. If you talked cabbage rolls with John you would have heard the secret to his success was to lick them to make them stick together. John was lighthearted and loved to joke and tease with all he knew, you never knew when to take him seriously. Did he really lick the cabbage rolls to make them stick? Was his family too poor to afford to give him a middle name? We will never know! All joking aside, in serious moments you could always count on John to lighten the mood. There was no one else like him.
He was predeceased by his father Metro, mother Mary, brothers, Bill, Nick and Paul, and is survived by Lynne, his wife of 53 years, children, Barb and Steve, his little buddy Sam the cat, brother Peter (Pauline), sister Verna Poole (Jim), as well as many nephews and nieces.
We will be celebrating John's life on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at the Chemainus Senior's Centre at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please keep John's spirit alive by committing a random act of kindness or by making a donation to your local food bank.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 09, 2019
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
We are incredibly saddened to hear of John’s passing. John and Lynne have been the very best neighbours we could hope for. John regularly went out of his way to look after us ever since we became neighbours. He has been our link to Chemainus to keep us informed of local ongoings and we always looked forward to our return to catch up. John’s dry humour was always designed to cheer us up but left you wondering (did he really lick the cabbage rolls?). Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Lynne, Barb and Steve. We are already missing John. Joe and Charlotte Levesque - Posted by: Joe & Charlotte Levesque (Neighbor ) on: Nov 17, 2019
To the Landygo Family John's passing is in our thoughts and prayers, for the loss you are all feeling at this difficult time. - Posted by: John & Georgette Vagi (Friends) on: Nov 11, 2019
John was the best neighbor my mum and I could have. Would take care of my house while I was traveling, helped me build a cool gate at the entrance for my mum. Always up for a chat and and a cheery "hey Ricky!" as he walked by the house. Many coffees together chatting about everything. A good friend and neighbor that is already very much missed. My condolences to Lynn and family at this sad time. Rick - Posted by: Rick Bazuin (Neighbor) on: Nov 09, 2019
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