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Born: Aug 22, 1950

Date of Passing: Oct 04, 2021

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August 22, 1950 - October 4, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John Monte Shopka, born August 22, 1950.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Marie Shopka of Brandon and is survived by his son Eric, brother Michael of Vancouver, sister Janine of Saint John, North Dakota and his niece Bridget.
John was involved in the theatrical arts community for over four decades. He was well respected in the field and held the position of president and business agent of IATSE local 63 for a number of years. He travelled with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to many foreign destinations including China, South East Asia, across Canada and the US with a stop in Hawaii. He began his career at Rainbow Stage in 1976 and was head carpenter for many years. John also worked for West Sun and worked with many community arts groups.
He was an avid outdoorsman and hiked many trails in Manitoba with his son. They also enjoyed several journeys to Vancouver and John's favourite, Tofino. He was always seeking new ways to expand his horizons.
There will be a tribute to John's life on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Centennial Concert Hall at 1:00 p.m. The Centennial Concert Hall is a double-vaxxed venue.
In lieu of flowers, think positive thoughts and be kind to one another.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 23, 2021

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • While I had not seen John in many years, this description of him brought back warm memories: “He... hiked many trails in Manitoba with his son. They also enjoyed several journeys to Vancouver and John's favourite, Tofino. He was always seeking new ways to expand his horizons.” Tofino is at the edge of those horizons, and I am so glad that he and his son were able to share such magical experiences. My sincere condolences to those who were close to John, and especially to Eric. - Posted by: Trish Morrison (West Coast) on: Nov 07, 2021

  • John, always a welcoming smile, a kind word and caring craftsmanship. He will be dearly missed by his family, his friends and all the theatre community who were so truly blessed by his gifted presence for so many years. - Posted by: Joanne Parker Gibson (Friend ) on: Nov 06, 2021

  • I will always remember John as the gentle, kind spirit he was. My sincere condolences to his son and family he left behind. Rest peacefully John. Glory Last - Posted by: Glory Last (Early Rainbow stage days cast member) on: Nov 03, 2021

  • John or “Josh” in his early years was a very special person, truly “one of a kind!” He was a friendly, fun, caring, generous, handsome and open minded person. He was well liked by everyone and was very accepting of all people and enjoyed their differences. I never heard him say a negative thing; John always looked for the good in everyone and everything. I’m sad to hear of his sudden passing and hope that he is in a good place with friends that went before him. Rest In Peace John. My sympathy goes out to Eric and his family and John’s many friends. - Posted by: Maureen Foxworthy (Friend) on: Nov 01, 2021

  • John was adored by all actors who worked with him. Excellent in any job he held. Had a great sense of humour and cared for his work. We will always remember that kind John Shopka. RIP John - Posted by: Stan lesk (Friend) on: Oct 28, 2021

  • I worked with John at Rainbow, MTS, Opera, RWB, Playhouse, Phantom tour and the film industry throughout most of the 80s and 90s. Always an infectious energy. “Think positive thoughts and be kind to one another” really does sum up his influence perfectly. Godspeed - Posted by: Charles Crossin (Colleague ) on: Oct 27, 2021

  • John was such a warm character, he knew how to make you smile, and a great friend too, growing up and going to school. John was a gift to a lot of people will always hold a place in our hearts. Say hi to the crew Spud, Sach, Butch and Kenny! Bev St. Vincent - Posted by: Bev St Vincent (friend ) on: Oct 26, 2021

  • John really wanted to make the world a better place, one person at a time, one community at a time. And Winnipeg and IATSE was his platform for that. John certainly made my world a better place. May you rest in the peace you so richly deserve… - Posted by: Barny Haines (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • Rest in Peace, Brother. - Posted by: Charles Porter (Union Brother) on: Oct 24, 2021

  • I started at the Concert Hall in 1986 and on that day I met John and we became friends, for the past 30 plus years. He was a Great Guy and will be sadly missed.... Our thoughts and prayers are with his family - Posted by: Bob Webb (good friend from work) on: Oct 23, 2021

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