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JONATHON NOVAK (JON)
Born: Feb 23, 1976
Date of Passing: Oct 26, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Jon is mourned by his children, who were the core of his heart: Emily, Rival, Ryder and Logan. Jon was the beloved second son of Wendy and Lorne Novak. He is survived by brother Bryan, wife Angie and nephew Hunter; and sister Laura. He also leaves his uncle Larry Good, wife Carole, cousins Jessi and Dominic; uncle Blair Good, cousins Hollie, Sara and Ethan; aunt Marilyn DeLeeuw, husband Bert, and cousin Chris; and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jon was predeceased by his younger brother Kyle, grandparents, Lionel and Eleanor Good; uncles, Gerald Good and Rick Good; grandparents, Edward and Evelyn Novak; and cousin Rob DeLeeuw.
Born February 23, 1976, Jon was dark-haired and dark-eyed. Jon's eyes sparkled with mischief above his perpetual smile. He was a happy child, never sitting still for a minute. He loved to find out how things worked; quite often his new toy or game would be in pieces on the floor shortly after receiving it. He would put it back together, good as new, and continue to play. Hockey was Jon's favourite sport. He played for the Interlake Lightning inaugural team and SJHL Nipawin Hawks until an injury sidelined him forever at just 18. He loved to be at grandma and grandpa's farm, driving the trucks and tractors, and helping out. Of course, when he could, he would go for a rip on the motorcycle, quad or snowmobile.
Life led him to Alberta and British Columbia, where he worked in the oil fields. He got into construction and eventually became an accomplished welder, earning his Red Seal certification in both carpentry and welding. Hard work was something Jon was never afraid of. Eventually he owned and operated his own welding company.
Jon had a heart of gold and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Jon was compassionate; he would give you the shirt off his back, even if it was the last one he had. He made friends easily with everyone; it didn't matter where you came from or who you were. Jon loved deeply; his signature was a pink rose that he would deliver to someone he loved or was thinking of, or who he thought needed something to make them smile. Jon was a hugger, wrapping those big strong arms gently around those he loved. "Love you" was texted almost daily to his mom.
Jon never forgot a birthday or a telephone number. He had a terrific sense of humour, and he loved practical jokes. He drank too much Timmie's. Jon shared his love of ice fishing, skating, quadding, bonfires, and so on with his boys. Jon was such a strong person, and he overcame so many of the challenges that life put in his way. His favourite poem was "Footprints". Jon sported numerous tattoos to honour those he loved, or to represent what he believed: his brother Kyle, his children, Emily, Rival, Ryder and Logan, and his most recent one that read, "Only God Can Judge Me".
Jon, your struggles are finally over. Rest Peacefully. We will see you again one day! "Love you more" - always and forever!
Please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand
The angel said my place was ready
In Heaven far above
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love
But when I walked through Heaven's Gates
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me
And told me "Welcome Home"
So when tomorrow starts without me
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me
I'm right there in your heart
A private graveside gathering took place Monday, November 9, 2020, at Stonewall Cemetery.
Donations in memory of Jon Novak can be made to the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre in Winnipeg, MB. https://www.bruceoakerecoverycentre.ca/ or a charity of one's choice.
The family is indebted to Jon's Uncle Blair and Ken Loehmer for making the arrangements to bring Jon "home" to Manitoba.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 14, 2020
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Dear Wendy and Lorne We are so sorry to hear about Jon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. - Posted by: Janet and Bruce Hanly (Cousin) on: Nov 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to all of Jon's family. So many of my childhood memories include Jon and in those memories he still brings me joy and always will. - Posted by: Andrew Findlay (Friend) on: Nov 17, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. - Posted by: Joan Main (Friend) on: Nov 17, 2020
Dear Lorne & Wendy, We are saddened to hear of the passing of your son, Jon. May your beautiful memories sustain and bring comfort to you during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to all in your wonderful family. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Please know we are here for you. Deb & Ed - Posted by: Deb & Ed Zinnick (Friends) on: Nov 16, 2020
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