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JOHN GURAL Obituary pic


Born: Aug 19, 1927

Date of Passing: Oct 14, 2020

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Suddenly, in the wee hours of Wednesday, October 14, 2020, we lost an amazing man.
A gentleman who loved and supported his wife and family to the fullest, he was filled with kindness, generosity, and was always ready to sit, listen, and assist you with math homework. He was a math wizard.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine; and his sisters, Rose and Sophie. John will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Barb, and their three children, David (Pat), Barb (Ken), Marilyn (Martin); grandchildren, Jeff (Patti), Jamie, Jackie (Blain), Johnny, Eileen and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Antony, Owen and Abby; niece Dianna and nephew Mike, along with their families from Ontario.
John was born on August 19, 1927, in Toronto, Ontario. Growing up, he loved spending time at the local boy's community club skating and playing baseball.
During his teens, he attended Central Tec, where he was introduced to tool and die making and mechanical engineering. These trades brought him to Farrington Mfg. where he met the love of his life, Barb. They would share a beautiful and amazing marriage for the next 68 years.
John had a variety of interesting careers. He created and designed toys at Reliable Toy Company that were sold across Canada. He advanced to General Electric for a few years, and then moved on to Office Specialty. Along the way, he designed a "no draft" handle that was used for winged automotive windows.
In the early 1970s John moved his family to Winnipeg where he joined Boeing of Canada's management team. He later joined Versatile, then became a member in opening management with The Winnipeg Mint before retiring. Still craving the design world, he joined MacDon Industries for a few years before retiring permanently.
John was an avid fisherman, curled for many years, and played baseball for 20 years with the Charleswood Senior Baseball League. He hung up his ball glove at age 86.
John and Barb loved to travel. Their journeys took them to Hawaii, Mexico, Cook Islands, and their all-time favourite, Cuba.
Grandpa John loved to be with his grandchildren. Whether it was watching them play a sport, attending a school concert, driving them around, or heading out to spend a day or two at Victoria beach, he cherished every moment with them.
John and Barb joined ANAF 283 over 37 years ago. There, they dance for many years every Saturday evening. They became members of the Over 55 Club and about 18 years ago, started the ongoing St. James Assiniboine Remembrance Day School Poetry Contest. They were always thrilled to be a part of the Christmas caroling group that sang at various retirement residences. They participated in the Children's Christmas parties, Halloween dances, and other events.
After Barb's retirement from the Royal Bank, they were welcomed with open arms into the RBC Retiree Club. John enjoyed the luncheons, card games, and was active in gathering items for charitable organizations, including Winnipeg's Northern Santa Claus Plane. They were actively involved over the years in fundraising for a variety of foundations.
John and Barb's keen interest in staying active and keeping fit brought them to the St. James Civic Centre, where they were members of the Jolly Joggers Swim and Gym group for many years.
John and Barb's outgoing and friendly natures gained them many lifelong friends along the way. They enjoyed many wonderful times and created lasting memories with all their friends.
John enjoyed life to the fullest. He was happy and content, cracked many corny jokes, lived purposefully, worked ethically, and laughed whole heartedly. He was resilient and strong. A kind, loving man, he never forgot his Ukrainian heritage.

We love you Dad, kissy….
kissy, bye for now.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all of John's doctors; Dr. Kanzara and staff at Victoria Hospital, Home Care Co-Ordinator Vera and her staff, support staff at Cancer Care, staff at Grace, St. Boniface, and Seven Oaks Hospitals, Metropolitan Kiwanis Court's staff for their attention and care, and City of Winnipeg - Fire Paramedic Service for their continuous speed and kindness.
A special thank you to Dr. Colin W. Fletcher for his gifted care, genuine understanding, and in-depth knowledge.
A private family gathering will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dad's memory to Anavets Unit No. 283 Assiniboia (Anaf 283), the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, or the Grace Hospital Foundation.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Barb I’m sorry to hear of John’s passing. Yours was a love story very few couples had. I remember you telling me the story of how you asked John out on your first date. You said you talked his ear off because he was so shy he hardly said a word , and the two of you were together forever. I became friends with you at the bank, but we resumed our friendship as part of the jolly joggers.we talked about so many topics, and every Friday I asked where the family dinner was going to be. It ranged from Perkins to eating at the Sturgeon Creek wading pool so the great grandchildren could play. When we were out for lunch I always wanted John to play the slots for me, he was that good I know he is waiting for you so the two of you can dance the night away. I love you Barb Kathy - Posted by: Kathy Njegovan (Friend) on: Oct 21, 2020

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