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Born: Jan 22, 1950

Date of Passing: Dec 12, 2021

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January 22, 1950 - December 12, 2021

Mourning his loss are wife Linda, sons, Charles (Lauren) and Ivor, and sister Lynne Guthrie (Steve) of Toronto. He was predeceased by his parents, Irene and Peter Anderson, sister Heather Schroeder, dear friend Louise, and a lengthy list of feline companions.
John was born in Oak Lake, Manitoba and schooled at St. John's Ravenscourt and the University of Winnipeg, where many lifelong friendships were forged. His working career started as department manager for Eaton's and then a driver and letter carrier for Canada Post until his retirement.
John met Linda when both were in their 20s and employed by Eaton's. Their friendship endured while they led independent lives and relationships, finally leading to their own commitment to each other and marriage in 1990. Children soon followed, providing a very different role for John and a chance to share his wealth of experience. He was a proud father who shared responsibilities and doted on his sons.
Highly skilled, he was the type of person who excelled at anything he set his mind to. During school, he won provincial medals for target shooting; as an adult he showed prowess as a carpenter, cook, gardener, wine aficionado, armchair historian / geologist / astronomer, etc. His hobbies were many and his passions included social issues, politics and the Toronto Blue Jays. In later years, he cherished moments at the family's cabin until health concerns took over. John's intelligence, integrity, and sharp wit and recall will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Desjardins Funeral Home, 357 DesMeurons Street, Winnipeg, MB.
We ask that those attending the memorial service be fully vaccinated.
Donations in remembrance can be made to local animal shelters or a social justice cause.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 18, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Linda and boys we want to wish you our condolences . Do not be a stranger come visit your parents old stomping grounds in Mariapolis. Cherish the good times. - Posted by: Elsie & Rene Hacault (cousin) on: Jan 17, 2022

  • Condolences to John’s family. Wishing you peace and comfort in the coming days. Worked with John at St Vital Canada Post office. - Posted by: Peter (Co-Worker and friend) on: Dec 20, 2021

  • John was a kind and generous person, and was a very good friend to me. My sincere sympathy to Linda and family. - Posted by: Larry Kissick (Friend) on: Dec 18, 2021

  • John was my Supervisor at Eaton's back in 1973. The fact that I remember him well with great fondness - is my testament to the fine, fun guy he was. My condolences. - Posted by: Jim Walker (former co-worker) on: Dec 18, 2021

  • I worked with John at St. Vital Depot for many years. He was an incredible man. Very kind and quiet. I used to run into him at St. Vital mall walking around with Frank. He will be missed. - Posted by: Karen Boucher (Friend ) on: Dec 18, 2021

  • I met John while working at Canada Post where we shared Post Office ups and downs. Also extra corrector activities such as baseball and curling. One of the things that attracted me to John was his sense of humour. He embraced the nic-name he was given with laughter....Old Chunk of Coal ...which over the years was whittled down to...The Chunk. John was a great peer at work, great teammate, and most of all a great friend. He is missed. - Posted by: Michael Silman (Co Worker who became a friend) on: Dec 18, 2021

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