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Born: Dec 18, 1937

Date of Passing: Nov 25, 2021

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December 18, 1937 – November 25, 2021

John was a thoughtful, kind man, quick to smile, and loved by many.
John was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba the oldest of five children. His parents were immigrants and spoke German, John didn't learn English until he started school. He was a bright student and went on to attend the University of Manitoba to earn a degree in Electrical Engineering. This field suited him perfectly as he had a lifelong curiosity for the way things work. He was always tinkering and fixed everything from cars to vacuums and washing machines.
John met his wife Joanne in Winnipeg, and they married in 1960. They had four children, Paul, Karen, Murray and Kirsten. When Paul and Karen were four and two they packed up everything they owned into a trailer and headed to California where John pursued his masters in Business Administration at UC Berkely. After California there was an opportunity for them to move to Vancouver which had always been a dream of John's. Here they settled in Tsawwassen where Murray and Kirsten were born. Living on the West Coast gave John the opportunity to pursue all that he loved in the outdoors. His biggest passion was sailing and the first thing he did upon arriving in Vancouver was to buy a sailboat. The family had many great sailing adventures in the Gulf Islands.
When John wasn't sailing he enjoyed hiking, skiing, bike riding, canoeing, camping and the family enjoyed these adventures with him as well.
John started his career with Manitoba Tel and then IBM but spent the majority of his life working for the Federal Government.
When John retired he volunteered with Canadian Executive Services Overseas and him and Joanne went to many places in the world with this organization. He helped developing countries with telecommunications technology and shared his expertise in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Hungary, Armenia, Guyana, Bolivia, Peru and the Philippines. John and Joanne also travelled for pleasure in their retirement and visited China, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Hawaii, and had both a Panama Canal cruise and a Baltic Sea transatlantic cruise.
John loved playing crib, doing crosswords and sudokus, and reading novels.
His family was his greatest pride and he was blessed with many grandchildren. He attended their sporting events, school concerts and graduations. He loved to be surrounded by his family and the family got together often for big family dinners with all the children and grandchildren.
John is survived by his wife Joanne, son Paul (Janette), daughter Karen (Geoff), son Murray (Sarah) and daughter Kirsten (Jason). He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, John, Tyler, Dylan, Derek, Jake, Nathan, Isabelle, Olivia, Erica and Kieran. He is also survived by his brother Werner (Linda), sister Annalie and many nieces and nephews. He was predecesed by his parents, Abram and Lydia, brother Leonard, sister Else and granddaughter Erin.
The family would like to thank the staff at Parkview Unit at Kin Village for their compassionate care in his last days of his life.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimers Society of Canada.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 2021

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