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Born: Aug 26, 1928

Date of Passing: May 28, 2020

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August 26, 1928 - May 28, 2020

With heavy hearts, the family of John Kernot announce his passing on May 28, 2020.
Dad was one of 11 children born to John Kernot Sr. and Anastasia Grabowiecki on August 26, 1928 in Sylvan, Manitoba.
Dad was husband to Patricia (Cherepak); father to daughters, Brenda MacLennan, Darlene (Dan Hauck d. 2000) and Joanne (Keith Single); Papa to Megan (Tobin Shipp), Johnathon (Anastasia Muir), Kerilynn MacLennan, Alanna and Matthew Single; great-grandpa to Kendall, Rhett, Brylee Shipp and Kinzley, Ryder and Gage Muir. John also leaves behind his sister Katherine Cullen in Kelowna, BC, brother Sam Kernot in Calgary, AB, and many nieces and nephews.
The last few years Dad lived with dementia and this past February he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. We were fortunate to have the last few months to share with him.
Dad worked over 25 years at Canada Safeway and took an early retirement at 60 years young. Dad worked hard all his life and he passed on his legacy of the importance of hard work to all of us. He bought property out in Beaconia, MB, where he and Mom built a cabin. Over a span of 20 years at the cabin, many memories were made with family and friends. Dad spent most of his time out at the Dacha picking wild blueberries and mushrooms in the Belair Forest. He would spend hours maintaining his yard and caring for his enormous garden. He was always proud to have fresh baby potatoes by July.
Dad loved to take his family out for lunch or supper. Whether it was one-on-one lunches or big family suppers, we made many trips to his favourite places such as Salisbury House, A&W, Cottage Bakery or out for Chinese food. Staff always knew Dad as Stanley and they would greet him with a big "Hello Stanley!" whenever he entered. Dad loved to cook; he was famous for his huge breakfasts at the cabin, pinching perogies with Mom or family fish fries.
Dad loved his daughters equally and with all his heart. He was always there to replace, repair, or build whatever needed to be done. Once grandkids were in the picture, he would always make a point of taking the time to watch them play baseball, basketball, hockey, or football. Nothing brought more joy to Dad than playing his harmonica with the great-grandkids singing and dancing along.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lighthouse Mission or Main Street Project.
A private family service will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020.


Bardal Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2020

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Hi Dad, Well a Long year has gone by, and we have passed all those special dates on the calendar. On Friday May 28, 2021 Kerilynn and I enjoyed a delicious A & W over at Thompson in the Park. We sang a little song, laughed and ate your favorites. WE are all safe, and Covid is still with us. Till next time. Love GAGA and miss you so much. - Posted by: Brenda MacLennan (Daughter) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • Dear Dad, we sure missed you at Christmas Dinner. We had a place just for you. 2020 brought us a different Year. This must have been the smallest Christmas dinner ever had. We all had to be alone at home with our loved ones. Kerilynn and Jordan were with me. 2021 has arrived, Covid-19 is rapid and we are all doing are best to stay safe. You are across McGillivray Blvd. From me and visits with you are frequent,just for a chat and or a shot. Love you and Miss you Dearly. - Posted by: Brenda (Gaga) (Daughter ) on: Jan 02, 2021

  • My Uncle Johnny Your visits to Ontario to see me and family was always full of humour and heartfelt times. I miss all the perogies, borscht and other recipes you’d make. My freezers were always full when you left. Great memories. My dad (your brother) Alex, my mom Lucy and Murray (my husband) I’m sure were glad to see you when you arrived home. Take a break “No More Cooking” Loving thoughts of you, Dolly - Posted by: Dolly Bosnar (Niece and goddaughter) on: Jun 04, 2020

  • Auntie Pat, Brenda, Darlene & Joann. You have our deepest Sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. As you grieve the passing of your Husband, Dad (my uncle) May your beautiful memories sustain and bring comfort during this unhappy season. Love Nellie & Harry Fediuk (niece) - Posted by: Nellie & Harry Fediuk (Niece) on: Jun 04, 2020

  • My heart goes out to Darlene and Brenda, my prayers are with all. Uncle Jonny always had time for everyone, he always handled things with the best advice, always with a gentle smile, the memories will always shine, highlighted in my heart with closeness. RIP uncle Jonny. Condolences from Wayne Barrett are sent - Posted by: Darlene Houssin ,(Lita wilton) (Extended family ) on: Jun 04, 2020

  • Hello Darlene and Brenda. Our Dads are our treasures. My sympathies to all your family on the death of John. The obituary give a wonderful Snapshot of a good man. Hold your memories of him very close by. Thinking of you. Jan Bones - Posted by: Jan Bones (Friend from VMC ) on: May 31, 2020

  • My condolences to all of the family on the passing of your Dad, Grandpa. I know how much he meant to all of you. May your Dad Rest In Peace and May God Bless him and all of you. Your Dad will always be around your family in your memories and heart. - Posted by: Greg Braun (Friend) on: May 30, 2020

  • So sorry to hear of uncle Johnny passing. Sure loved his visits out to the farm in Arborg and his visits to Gimli. Uncle was like a movie star to me when he stopped for those visits. Love and hugs to all. Xo - Posted by: Kelly (Great-niece) on: May 30, 2020

  • Our Deepest Sympathies go out to you and your families! May you know how much your loss is shared. Will surely miss the presence of a truly loved and kind person! We are truly sorry for your loss. He will be missed and will not be forgotten. May his Soul “Rest in Peace"! - Posted by: Bernice&George Gregorash (Niece) on: May 30, 2020

  • So sorry about the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family. - Posted by: Colleen Yochim (Russell) (School friend of daughter Darlene) on: May 30, 2020

  • I have many memories of my Great Uncle John as we were neighbours for the first 16 years of my life. I will never forget his loud voice and him singing in his backyard first thing in the morning. I am so thankful for all the memories with our two families. “Big John” you will definitely be missed by family and friends. Rest In Peace, love your “Susie” - Posted by: Susan T (Great Niece ) on: May 30, 2020

  • My condolences to the Kernot family. I started working at the old 558 Safeway at Main & Luxton in 1962 under Eddie Barbour when I first met John making deliveries there. John was a big, husky person with a very loud voice that at first you were shocked when you first met him. Then, you noticed his warm out going personality and you were friends for life. Whenever we met when he was making deliveries, we always have a chance to talk. In some ways, he was a sort of grapevine of information. You got to know what was happening in Safeway, bee it the stores, distribution centre or office. I am sure, this was happening in all the stores he made deliveries to, everyone knew John. I can close my eyes and picture John with his big smile, walking towards you with arms out to greet you. I have many fond memories of John from my years at Safeway. Thanks for the memories and rest in peace. - Posted by: dederick, Colin (fellow Safeway worker) on: May 30, 2020

  • So many memories, one bedtime story , was his childhood memories. Living on the farm, being chased up a tree by a bear. Or, Meeting and visiting many of our extended family Members, aunts, uncles and cousins across the country. Us girls can proudly say we knew our “whole family” Rest In Peace “papa”. You will forever be in my heart - Posted by: Darlene Kernot (Daughter ) on: May 30, 2020

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