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Born: Aug 18, 1926

Date of Passing: Nov 27, 2020

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It is with love and rich memories that we announce the passing of our dad, grandpa and great-grandpa on November 27, 2020, as a result of Covid-19. We grieve our loss, but are grateful his life ended with dignity and compassion thanks to the caring staff at Park Manor Care Home.
Dad was predeceased in 2013 by our Mom, Laureen (Johnston), with whom he shared 66 loving years of marriage. At age 89, Dad's friendship with Joyce Cumming blossomed, and we celebrated their wedding in 2015.
Those left to remember Dad's love include his wife Joyce; son Randy (Sharon); daughters, Shirley Gibb (Terence Gibb) and Laurie (Raymond) Chudley; 10 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren; Joyce's children, Blaine (Gail), Bruce (Evelyn) and Cheryl (Stan Marco) and families; and brothers, Ernie (Sylvia) and Harvey (Charla).
Dad was born August 18, 1926, the oldest of five boys. He was raised on the family farm near Brock, SK, and completed Grades 1 to 10 in a one-room schoolhouse. Dad's career with the Canadian National Railway began in 1943, but was temporarily suspended when he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944. Dad's CNR career spanned 43 years, and he held many positions until retiring as a well-respected Employee Relations Officer.
Dad was the ultimate handyman and volunteer. He built the family home on Ravelston Avenue, helped build the Transcona Memorial United Church, and was Johnnie-on-the-spot whenever anyone needed a hand. His volunteerism varied from tying up youngsters' skates at the Pirates rink, to delivering Meals on Wheels, to being Sunday School superintendent.
In 1970 Mom and Dad bought their Caddy Lake cottage, and the good times moved in. Dad set the bar high, water-skiing until he was 75, and catching a great Northern Pike which has yet to be out-caught. Fifty years later, their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids are still making great memories.
Dad enjoyed a good laugh, often at his own expense. He and Mom had a wide circle of friends with whom they enjoyed square dancing, bowling, whist, canasta, and extensive travels.
Above everything else, Dad treasured his family both near and far. He liked nothing better than to soak up the vibes whenever we gathered. Life is not composed of a few large accomplishments, but rather many small tasks. Dad accomplished those with a positive attitude, unyielding faith, and an abundance of patience and integrity. Dad's example will forever be an inspiration, and it will be his lasting legacy.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Transcona Memorial United Church Building Fund, 209 Yale Ave./West, Winnipeg, MB R2C 1T9, or a favourite charity.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private service is planned for December 15. It may subsequently be viewed on Seasons website.

Friends and family are invited to share memories and condolences by visiting John's memorial page at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 05, 2020

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I have only great memories of my time spent with the Cochrane family at Caddy Lake. My condolences to everyone. - Posted by: Jason Stalker (Cottage Friend) on: Dec 08, 2020

  • I am so sorry for the family's loss. Aunty Joyce I know how difficult this past year has been for you and appreciate the strength you have shown. I never had the privilege of meeting John but had a good conversation after your marriage to welcome him into the family. Bless you. - Posted by: Deb Bjornsson (neice) on: Dec 07, 2020

  • Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to dear Joyce and all the family. May all your wonderful dear memories bring comfort to you all at this time. What a wonderful dear man you had as a husband and father. Sending hugs to you all. - Posted by: Carol & Glenn Chudley (Cousins) on: Dec 05, 2020

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