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Born: Sep 01, 1960

Date of Passing: Apr 09, 2021

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September 1, 1960 - April 9, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of John Foster, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, at the age of 60, due to a glioblastoma.
He is survived by his wife Lori; children, Ashley and Jonathon (Emily); stepchildren, Tyler (Brittany) and Jennifer; grandchildren, Mason and Logan; sister Christine (Brian); nephew Kyle and niece Joanna.
John was born in Winnipeg and was predeceased by his parents, Art and Gay Foster.
John was the owner of Parkside Appliance for 31 years alongside a lifelong commitment to working and volunteering with Emergency Services (ARES and WARC) as a HAM radio operator.
John was happiest when he was giving of himself - he was the first to volunteer for whatever charity needed him - whether it be as a mascot for a children's event, a volunteer for Fishing for a Cure, medical services for Manitoba Marathon or Winnipeg Flood assistance. In 1996, John was given a service award by the mayor and chief deputy firefighter Tom Mills for his diligence in saving a drowning child.
John always loved tinkering with cars and boats. His retirement years often found him under the hood of his newest "old" purchase or behind the wheel of his boat as he cruised the Red River. He was a member of the MRSA car club and the Royal Manitoba yacht club. He loved to meet up with the "guys" at Tim's for his daily coffee and chat and regale them with his newest tale. His kindness to others, love for his family and wanting to give of himself will be his legacy.
The family would like to thank the staff of Riverview 3E for providing loving comfort during his last month.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will take place when Covid restrictions are lifted.
In John's memory, donations may be made to MB Cancer Care Foundation or a charity of choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Our condolences to Lori and all of your family on your loss. On reflection, John and I had many shared interests. We both ran our own Appliance repair companies for many years here in Winnipeg. Along the way we both voluntered for many Public service events through Ham Radio. We also both owned watercraft for many years. I was fortunate to have met John, and I continue to be impressed with his big heart and energy that he brought to life. He will be missed at the morning coffee at Timmies. 73 my friend, Richard Sheridan Ve4-Esx. - Posted by: Richard V Sheridan (Friend) on: Apr 21, 2021

  • Deepest sympathy to Lori, family and the friends of John's We will always be thankful for the contributions that he made as a member of the Manitoba Street Rod Association. He will be missed. - Posted by: Don Mclean President Manitoba Street Rod Association (Friend (Manitoba Street Rod Association)) on: Apr 18, 2021

  • Hi. So sorry to see of John's passing. He came out a few times to help with our ailing washing, dryer. I met John at the coffee shop when I worked out in St. James . Very likeable person. Once again sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Randy lindquist (Client) on: Apr 17, 2021

  • We meet John and Lori when I started on a bowling league with them. We instantly thought they were wonderful people and from that day on we became fast friends. John was such a funny guy and his stories always made me laugh. We will miss going to dinner with him and the movies. Rest in peace John your suffering is over. Our condolences go out to Lori and family at this difficult time. From Sherry and Bruce Wilson. - Posted by: Bruce and Sherry (Friends) on: Apr 13, 2021

  • Very sorry to hear of John's passing and sincere condolences to his family. I met John through working at the Manitoba Marathon where he was a reliable and hardworking member of the ‘Marathon Family’ for many, many years. We shared lots of laughs and fond memories through rain wind and sun and “all nighters” providing support for the marathon participants. John was a great person. Laurie Penton Manitoba Marathon Technical Coordinator - Posted by: Laurie Penton (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • My condolences to Lori and family at this very difficult time. John was a happy go lucky guy with a heart of gold that would go out of his way to help anyone who needed it. I met John and Lori through our bowling league and we became fast friends. I used to tease John that he was so accident prone that we needed to wrap him in bubble wrap to keep him safe. I will miss John with his quirky sense of humor, his funny laugh and for just being him. It is time to rest now, until we meet again! - Posted by: Bernie Smith (Friend) on: Apr 12, 2021

  • It is sad when one's life is cut short. John was a friendly soul who will be missed by many. So sorry Lori you had to endure this kind of suffering. May John rest in peace now. - Posted by: Catherine and Eugene Hologroski (cousin) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • I knew John for many years, before his untimely passing. We were friends on the air, at public service events with ARES, at coffee at Tims, and at ROMEO dinners. It was always a joy to talk with him. He usually had interesting stories about the strange things that could only happen to him. He will be missed by all who knew him Dick Maguire VE4HK - Posted by: Dick Maguire (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • John will be missed by all who knew him. Everlasting memories. Vichnya Pamyat - Posted by: Liz and Roger Roziere (Lori’s aunt and uncle) on: Apr 11, 2021

  • I am deeply saddened at John's passing, however the good times and friendship will remain steadfast in my memory. I knew John from Silver Heights Collegiate and continued to see John on and off over the course of his life. John was a fixture in the community and had great passion for his work and volunteer service. Unfortunately I never met his Wife or family, but John always spoke Highly and passionately about their endeavors. I can still see John holding Court at the old Robins Donuts on Ness Ave., it seemed every time I stopped in for a coffee, there was John and a few friends LOL! and of course I would catch up for a few minutes with him. My sincere condolences to John's Wife and Family and may He rest in piece now. I will see you on the other side one day John Good bye! Colin Mcneill - Posted by: colin mcneill (school friend ) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Sad to hear of John's passing. We knew John as neighbours on Belvidere Street and through activities with our children over the years. John was a real friendly guy, he always had time to stop and talk and share many great stories. I will always remember the time he scared the daylights out of me on Halloween when he was dressed as a statue of a scary man sitting on a chair on the front steps, where he proceeded to jump at me when our kids walked up. He helped repair many of our appliances and sold me a computer once. He liked to show of the work he had done restoring his T-Bird and his boat. The world has lost a great person. Rest in Peace, John. - Posted by: Gord & Jane Masters (Neighborhood Friends ) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • A dedicated friend, appliance repair man, radio amateur and volunteer. He was a blessing to me and my home and thousands more. Rest In Peace John. - Posted by: Tedd Vidler (Ham radio - VE4VID) on: Apr 10, 2021

  • Arnie and I were so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts are with you now and may memories of John be a blessing. - Posted by: Shachter Arnie & Penny Paul (friends) on: Apr 10, 2021

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