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Born: Mar 26, 1947

Date of Passing: May 20, 2021

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March 26, 1947 – May 20, 2021

It is with broken hearts, that we announce the sudden passing of our father, grandfather and brother on May 20, 2021.
John is predeceased by his beloved wife of 18 years, Shirley Nowak, his parents, Bruno and Theresia Nowak, and step-daughter
Sandra Dearman. John is survived by his
children, Karin Nowak-Bailey (Troy), and
David Nowak (Teri), stepchildren, Richard Dearman, Debra Cielen (Darryl), Jeffery Dearman (Lynn). Also, grandchildren, Brett and Tyler Bailey, and step-grandchildren, Emma Pesochin, Chris Ethier, Dayna Cielen, Michelle Cielen, and Dylon Dearman. He will be sadly missed by his younger brothers,
Bruno Nowak (Gale) and Rudi Nowak
(Ursula). John also leaves to mourn many
nieces and nephews, and all their children. John will also be lovingly remembered by his mother-in-law Madeline McLeod, sister-in-laws, Donelda Jeffery and Karen Foy, as well as the mother of his children and lifelong friend, Janice Kane. He leaves numerous dear friends behind, and reunites with those who have passed before him.
John was born in Furth, Germany. His
family moved to Belgium and lived there
before immigrating to Canada by ship in 1956. The "Groote Beer" travelled across the
Atlantic and docked in Quebec, then they rode by train through the Laurentians to arrive in Winnipeg in early May. John grew up in West Kildonan, attending Governor Semple School and Edmund Partridge Jr. High. He took a job as soon as he could, and had a knack for trades and technology. He was hired into an entry-level job at Powell Equipment in 1965, and worked his way up retiring as a
supervisor at Toromont Cat in 2008. He took much pride in his job over those 43 years and possessed a strong work ethic in order to
provide for his family.
John loved collecting the latest toys and gadgets. As a young man, he ripped around town in his '67 Chevelle SS and jammed on his Fender Stratocaster guitar. He prided himself on being a good host and those who visited his rec room can remember a good time with loud music and laughter. He and Shirley spent much of their time together at the
cottage in Ontario and taking road trips with family over the years. He will be
remembered for his friendliness, generosity, and always offered a place to stay for anyone who needed it. He counted those from all walks of life amongst his close friends.
John was an extraordinary person who was taken too early as a result of an unrelenting virus. He has left us with many memories, will be sorely missed, and is forever loved. Godspeed.
Given the current pandemic restrictions, a virtually delivered private funeral service will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home on June 3 at 2:00 p.m. The service can be viewed at
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke

Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 29, 2021

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Dear Rudi and Ursula, Please accept my deepest condolences for this profound loss. I hope that, with time, you and your family will find some comfort in your memories and the love you share. - Posted by: Lucila Spigelblatt (Ottawa friend) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • A good freind always ready to pass on knowledge and his expertise in computers and things mechanical. Will miss his laughter and and his political wit. A loving father and grandfather who will be missed by all those who knew him. - Posted by: David Kane (freind) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • We will always remember all the fun times in Winnipeg with you playing DJ in the Rec room . Enjoyed your visits to Vancouver especially the tour we did on the Royal Hudson with Shirley. We will miss your crazy jokes and all the laughs we had together. RIP John - Posted by: Donalda&Leanne Jeffrey (Sister in law and Niece) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • We have many memories of fun times dancing in the rec room with John playing DJ. Your visits to Vancouver with Shirley were always a great time, especially the trip on the Royal Hudson steam engine train. We miss you John and all your crazy Jokes. - Posted by: Donalda Jeffrey (Sister-in-law) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the Nowak-Bailey Family and Nowak Families. John was a true friend. He will be missed. - Posted by: Bob Wasnick (Friend) on: Jun 03, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of your family's loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Betty & Mike - Posted by: Betty Cote (Previous neighbour/friend) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • Rudi, Ursula and family, We are so deeply sorry for your loss. We hope you find some comfort in your memories during this extremely difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Lots of love, Gina & Matt - Posted by: Gina and Matt Schofield (Cousins) on: Jun 02, 2021

  • On behalf of the Cielen family, we are saddened to lose a good friend. We have many very special memories. Our sincere condolence to all John's family. - Posted by: Georgina Cielen (Longtime friend) on: May 30, 2021

  • John was always willing to lend a helping hand. I have a Flash Drive of music he downloaded for me for my 65th! I will think of him as I play those tunes rolling down the road. Rest in Peace - Posted by: Jim Kane (Friend) on: May 29, 2021

  • My condolences to the family. May your memories bring you comfort in the days that follow! - Posted by: Sharon Suchy (Friend of family) on: May 29, 2021

  • Missing you, uncle John. - Posted by: Anita (Niece ) on: May 29, 2021

  • A truly great man was taken from us. John, you were a beacon of light, a prankster and truly a happy man. You will be missed in this world. Love, Lynn - Posted by: Lynn Armstrong (Extended family) on: May 29, 2021

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