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Born: Dec 21, 1945

Date of Passing: Feb 23, 2020

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December 21, 1945 - February 23, 2020

Very tired after a long, hard battle with cancer, John passed on Sunday. Very "fitting" because he always considered Sunday 'A DAY OF REST'.
His wife Joyce, of almost 53 years, and daughters, Shannon and Roxanne, sons-in-law, Rudi and Kory, and all his beautiful grandboys, Milo, Kaspar, Abel and Tawney spent the last days constantly by his side reassuring him that he was not alone. During his years of struggle, he also had a constant stream of family and friends come visit to show their love and support.
Son of Marion and John, he was born in Sirko, MB. His family included: Christina (Alex), David and Andrea, his twin Judy (Jim deceased), Stacy, Kelly, Laurie, Patricia (deceased), Mark, Matthew, Michael, Jackie (Bob), Dano and Gina, Gary (Bonnie), Anasia and Alex, Irene (Jan), Paul and Darin, Edward (Christine), Evan, Brianna and Meagan.
He also loved Joyce's family: Sonia (Edward), Monika, Maria, Patricia (deceased) (Kent), Natasha, Joanne (Johann), Johann Jr., Amelia (Mark) and Robyn.
John enjoyed his life working hard on the farm before going to work for CP Rail. He took a heavy-duty mechanics course at Red River and worked in this career till he eventually settled with Canada Post, first as sorter and then Postmaster for 35 years. After retirement he enjoyed jobs at Gunn's Bakery, Teulon Golf Course, Janitor at PO and loved helping his son-in-law Rudi at their farm.
He joined the Lions Club for 10 years. Volunteered at Teulon Fire Department for 17 years, coached his girl's baseball and volunteered in many clubs.
His hobbies included restoring cars and playing with his classic cars. He ran and cycled in Marathons, played baseball, golfing, curling, carpentry. He had a beautiful voice and played a guitar and sang, loved carolling and entertaining family and friends. He also loved to dance with Joyce, and they would tear up any dance floor.
Over the years he also loved his many travels with Joyce and girls. John loved his road trips travelling to 48 states and nine provinces.
A huge thank you goes out to Dr. K. Graham and all the wonderful staff at Stonewall Hospital for taking such good care of John.
Celebration of Life will take place Sunday, March 1, 2020, at Teulon Rockwood Hall at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 1160-675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • I am sorry, to read, that John passed away. I met hun in 1990, while staying with my sister Trude Linden and David Coupland, Teulon. With love, Jokey - Posted by: Joke (Friend from Holland, sister of Trudy Linden, David Coupland) on: Mar 30, 2020

  • Joyce and family so sorry to hear of John's passing. You lived on the second floor and I lived on the third floor in Winnipeg. Often wondered where you were now. - Posted by: Carol (Cole) & Dennis Turman (Old friends from the 60's !) on: Mar 05, 2020

  • Dear Joyce....and to the family....Shannon and Rudi, Roxanne and Kory, and to the growing boys Milo, Kaspar, Abel and Tawney who have been bathed in the light of all of you thus far in life. I first met John when I arrived in Teulon in 1992 - newly married to Lorraine and in a completely new place. John was the face of Canada Post for me - pleasant, helpful, warm smile, gentle, and patient when dealing with all the issues that can arise even in a smaller community's communications. You have all been through a remarkable, stressful, and transcendent journey as a family....what a surreal blessing to be able to spend so much time at John's side as he struggled through his last months. May this time be forever remembered, as a time of being lifted up out of the mundane, for the Moon was completing its most recent cycle; waning as a Balsamic Moon to greet him as Venus shone like a beacon in the western sky - his sky. Bless you all, John Murray - Posted by: Dr. John Murray (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2020

  • So sorry to learn of John's passing. He was a very special man who touched many lives with kindness. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies to you, all & praying that all your good memories will help you during this time of grieving. Sending you love, Laurie & Ken Kutzak - Posted by: Laurie Kutzak (Cousin) on: Mar 01, 2020

  • Dear Joyce, My wife, Leslie and I only met you and John at Natasha and Chris' wedding in Mexico several years ago, but I wanted to send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I hope you can take support from friends and family and that you will also find comfort in your many happy memories of your life with John. Sincerely, Don - Posted by: Don Park (Father-in-law of Natasha, john's niece) on: Mar 01, 2020

  • I am truly sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember him fondly baling hay and tinkering with old cars. Joyce was always buying alot of coveralls for his car restoration projects. The funniest part was John was wearing coveralls with the name Sam sewn on the breast pocket. A fellow stopped by and was asking John car related questions like he knew him and said thanks Sam and drove away. Joyce my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you find comfort in the many memories of John. Vichnya Pamyat. Susan Bordun - Posted by: Susan Bordun (Past neighbor and friend ) on: Mar 01, 2020

  • Dear Joyce and family we are so very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Billy and Shelley Cookson (Friend) on: Feb 27, 2020

  • Dear Joyce, We are very sad to learn of the passing of your John. Peace Be With You And Your Family. Sending Hugs, Reena & Dave Normandale - Posted by: Reena Normandale (Melbourne Ave. Neighbour ) on: Feb 27, 2020

  • Our condolences to you Joyce & all your family. John will be dearly missed by many. Irene & Jan always let us know how John was doing, some days sounded so promising. We'll be thinking of you this Sunday. Take good care of each other. Our Thoughts Are Sincerely With You At This Time. Ross & Joanne Bingham - Posted by: Ross & Joanne Bingham (Friends of John's sister Irene & brother-in-law Jan) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Joyce: So sorry to hear about John's passing. We are thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Dave and Anne - Posted by: Dave and Anne Nicholls (Friends) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Joyce: I am very sorry to hear of John's passing. My deepest sympathy to your entire family at this difficult time. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the service as I am in Arizona. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Linda Rybachuk (Landiak) (Friend) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Our sincerest condolences to John's Family, we will remember John's heart-warming smile, his joyful disposition, and his out-going personality.....he was a great man and will be truly missed by all he Joyce and his children, grandchildren, may all your memories keep him close to your heart, you all have another Guardian Angel to watch over you...….Vichnaya Pamyat….. - Posted by: Brian & Sonia (Friend) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Joyce and family sorry to hear about the passing of John. Our dearest sympathy. Although only knew John for about 10 years or so, he was always joyful to talk to. His softness in his voice made you wanting more conversations. He will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Kim & Rheal Hery (Friend) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • My condolences to Joyce and the family. I enjoyed working with John! - Posted by: Mike Bonnie (fellow postal worker (retired)) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to you , Joyce and Family, on John’s passing. He fought a long, hard battle and now is at rest and free of pain. Sorry I won’t be able to attend on Sunday as I’m away. - Posted by: Patti Charison (Neighbor) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Deepest Sympathy. - Posted by: Helen Sawka and family ((friend)) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • My deepest sympathy to you Joyce and family members on both sides. John and I had a common interest and that was cars. Last time I saw John was at a tractor pull in Teulon, memory eternal! - Posted by: Richard Petrowski (friend) on: Feb 26, 2020

  • Joyce, our condolences to you and your family at this time of great loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Larry & Georgina Nelson - Posted by: Larry & Georgina Nelson (Friend) on: Feb 26, 2020

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