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Born: Dec 03, 1944

Date of Passing: Feb 01, 2020

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December 3, 1944 - February 1, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden, unexpected passing of John Douglas Jardine on February 1, 2020 at the age of 75 years.
Remaining to cherish his memory are his four children, Kim Podolsky (Scott), Sean Jardine (Carolyn), Chris Jardine (Shanley) and David Jardine; his seven grandchildren, Mike (Jaime), Warren, Quinn, Maryn, Indianna, Eston and Maielle; sister Rosemary and brothers Ken (Delores), Gordon (Hazel), also numerous nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years Linda on September 7, 2018; his parents, Donald and Jean Jardine, sisters; Ruth Bednarek, Shirley Matheson and his brother Ted.
Dad was born in Eriksdale and spent his youth in Spearhill, Steep Rock, and Stonewall, MB. After high school graduation from Stonewall Collegiate, dad continued on to M.I.T. (Red River College) where he studied Civil Engineering. After graduation, dad started out as a surveyor with FWS and went on to start Taiga Utilities and eventually Arctic Foundations of Canada in the early 1980's. Dad's work had him travelling all over the Canadian Arctic for most of his career, even living in Churchill for a couple years. Dad loved the Canadian Arctic, the landscape and especially the people. In all his years of work and travel, he created many special bonds and friendships with everyone he met.
Mom and dad met when they were 14 years old, becoming high school sweethearts, and eventually marrying in 1966, where they lived a wonderful life raising their four children. They went on many travelling adventures across Canada, the US and Europe.
Dad had many passions in his life, teaching confirmation classes at Transcona Memorial United Church for many years, teaching evening computer courses and even receiving his private pilot's license. His love of volunteerism led mom and dad to co-established Meadows Park, winning many awards from Communities in Bloom. Dad loved his summers. Canoe trips with the Smith and Rivais families, great stories from the canoe races to our run-ins with bears. Dad was an athlete, playing high school football, hockey and curling many years at the St. Vital curling club. But most of all his passion was his family. Dad was always there to count on, give great advice and tell a funny story.
It's hard to sum up such an amazing life in just a few words. Dad was to some a mentor, a colleague, a teammate or a friend. But to us he was our Superman, he was our dad.
A private family internment has taken place at Warren Cemetery. A "Come and Go" reception to celebrate John's life will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 877 Kernaghan Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB. R3C 4G2

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 21, 2020

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