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Born: Oct 17, 1934
Date of Passing: Feb 14, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
He is survived by his children, Ingrid (Peter) Hamm and Jennifer; grandchildren, Ryan (Stacy) and Kiera (Justin); and great-granddaughters, Katelyn and Laura. He is also survived by siblings, Victor and Margaret, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Frieda in 2015, as well as his parents and six siblings.
John was born on October 17, 1934, the youngest of nine children, and grew up on a farm near Elm Creek. After leaving school, he took accounting classes and began working at Dominion Bridge.
John married Frieda in 1960, and they made their first home in Winnipeg. The birth of two daughters followed over the next few years. In 1970, the family moved to Regina and then back to Winnipeg in 1973, where John began working at the Manitoba Rolling Mills in Selkirk. John's summer hobbies included working on his small acreage and bee-keeping. He kept hives for many years, and he instilled in us a love for the outdoors and the value of hard work. For many years, he and Mom would make the long drive to southern Ontario to spend time with his grandchildren. John also enjoyed playing games with family and friends, especially Rook. He was active in his church, serving in the Boys' Brigade and later as treasurer and deacon. He also served on the Board of Donwood Manor for nine years. When our mom began to struggle with dementia, John rose to the challenge, demonstrating what it really means to love through challenges. He adapted their living situation many times to ensure that her health and safety were maintained. In 2012, Mom and Dad moved into the Donwood Manor apartments. When Mom later moved to personal care, John continued to be a loving and caring partner. They would often be seen sitting and holding hands in the evening. In December 2015, John moved into personal care at Donwood. It is here that he was looked after and cared for so lovingly and so well for the past six years. The family would like to thank the first floor staff of Donwood Manor Personal Care Home for their excellent care of our dad.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Donwood Manor Foundation or CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.
A private family graveside service will be held in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.
The service can be viewed on come-together.ca after March 3, 2021.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021
Condolences & Memories (2 entries)
I worked at Manitoba Rolling Mills from 1981 to 2002. I reported to John for a number of those years until he retired. He hired me. Might have regretted it once or twice, if I got mouthy with him! 😀.... we got along well and he was a great man with high standards. He always spoke so highly of his family.... I send you daughters my condolences and air hugs. - Posted by: Bev Jarvis Formerly Powell (Employee) on: Feb 24, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of John. I met John while he was at Donwood Personal Care Home as my Mom was also there. He was such a kind man and always stopped to talk to us. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. - Posted by: Casey Jacques (daughter of Beryl Cancilla) (Friend ) on: Feb 20, 2021
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