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Date of Passing: Feb 08, 2022

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With deep sadness we announce the passing of John Jamieson on February 8, 2022, at 69.
He is survived by his wife Sheila Palmquist, sons, John Paul (Ding Ding) and Joel Robert (Jessica), grandchildren, Kayley, Kieran, Mary Jane and Jillian May, his brother Don (Amy), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Fergie and Josephine, brother Tom, and sister Joan.
Raised in Fort Rouge, favourite playgrounds included McKittrick Park and Betula Lake. He joined sea cadets (RCSCC JT Cornwell VC) and enjoyed summers at HMCS Quadra.
John started his career with Winnipeg Hydro at age 20. He pulled ashes with little complaint at the Steam Plant, moved into Maintenance, and then completed his Industrial Electrician training at Keewatin Community College. This coincided with him becoming a Journeyman Electrician with Winnipeg Hydro. He worked as a Test Technician for the majority of his career before moving to the Rental Services Unit. He retired in 2003.
John was an active union member and a passionate advocate for workers' rights. He was instrumental in helping the transition from Winnipeg Hydro to Manitoba Hydro when they became part of IBEW. He was a proud Honorary Life Member of CUPE Local 500.
John volunteered with kids at Grant Park Harrow Community Centre, Diabetes Canada, CancerCare and helped with several political campaigns. He helped in the creation of the Cornwell (Winnipeg) Branch of the Navy League of Canada, and in the founding of the JTCVC Alumni. He served with the Manitoba Division, and received the National President's Award as National Member of the Year.
John and Sheila were married in 1979, and together with their sons they enjoyed camping at Birds Hill Park, seeing Canada coast to coast, and travelling the world. Once his grandchildren were born, nothing brought him more happiness than spending time with them.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway. Based on current provincial guidelines, the hall requires masks, proof of vaccination, and will admit 150 people. No reception can be held after the service. The service will be livestreamed, you may follow this link to view: A private interment at Assumption Cemetery will be held at a later date.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Cornwell (Winnipeg) Branch.
John was a friend to many - his loud laugh and unwavering commitment to his family near and far and the organizations he believed in are well known. He made friends wherever he went - some of these friendships have lasted from childhood. He was passionate about everything and would not hesitate to talk about his grandchildren, JTC, or a great meal.
John helped so many people in so many ways, and lived life to the fullest right up to his final moments. He will be greatly missed. We hear you laughing and we send you our love.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 12, 2022

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Very sad finding this out. Did some catching up on the internet. Found a few others who have left us as well ! Surprised to find Ted Lofto, Rudy Weidenbacher, Tom Gilbertson, Tom Derhak to name a few. These days my mortality comes into play as I keep finding people from my past who are no longer with us. May the rest of us live long and prosper as we may remember those we once knew. Harry Held Jr. former P.O. 1st class R.C.S.C.C. J.T.C.V.C. My best to all of you ! - Posted by: Harry Held Jr. (Organisation) on: Nov 24, 2022

  • I would like to acknowledge John's dedication as a CUPE activist in the Shift Workers Unit when I was president. My condolences to Sheila and the family. - Posted by: Richard Hlady (C U P E. Union Shift Workers Unit) on: Feb 19, 2022

  • Good-bye my friend. Fifty-five years of friendship and support. The best stories, the best humour, the best laugh, the best of friends. We will miss you - Posted by: William Dayco (Friend) on: Feb 16, 2022

  • We were so saddened and sorry to hear of your great loss, John was a wonderful neighbour always so friendly and ready for a good laugh. Our deepest love and sympathy to you Sheila and also to your family! We shall miss him too! Jim & Maureen White - Posted by: Jim & Maureen White (Neighbours) on: Feb 15, 2022

  • Brad and I send our sincerest condolences to Sheila and family. Wish we could be with you in person at this difficult time. We met late in life, but still feel your loss. Sending hugs. - Posted by: Tracey Jamison (Neice) on: Feb 14, 2022

  • I have no words to explain how shocked I was to hear of John's passing. I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Sheila and her family. We have made a donation to the Manitoba Heart and Stoke in John's memory in the hope that his loss can at least in some small way help another. - Posted by: Pat Trump (Friend) on: Feb 13, 2022

  • I send to the family my most sincere sympathies and prayers. I had the deepest respect for John. John certainly gave his heart and soul to his family and community. He will truly be missed. Lest We Forget. - Posted by: Kelvon Smith (A friend since Cadet Days in JTC.) on: Feb 13, 2022

  • We met John through the Navy League and JTC Cadets about 15 years ago and will truly miss him. Words cannot express the shock of his sudden passing. His friendliness and constant support in everyone's endeavors were always a comfort to those around him. His hearty laugh and passion could fill a room or a meeting and has already been missed and will continue to be missed for a long time. Deepest sympathies to Sheila & family we share in your grief at this time. Sincerely John & Cecile Howells - Posted by: John & Cecile Howells (Friend & Navy League Associate) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • Sincere condolences to John's family. He was a good friend and a leader in the JTCVC Alumni Association. He will surely be missed by all. - Posted by: Rodney Steiman (Friend from JTC Alumni) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • John was a mentor and leader for me and so many more of my closest and best friends through our sea cadet adventures and training at RCSCC JTCVC. Those very positive and demanding youth experiences have been invaluable through the years. In later life as a friend, alumnus and union brother John was always a source of fun and comradeship. I share in the sadness and disbelief that he has left us so suddenly. Always one to be Standing his Station, John you are and will be missed. Roly and Barb - Posted by: Roland Stankevicius (friend) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • I knew John when I was on the Cupe 500 executive. I didn’t know anyone and John was very welcoming. That meant a lot to me. I still remember his laugh — he was a lovely man and is well remembered. - Posted by: Joan McMahon (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • John was a proud Winnipeg Hydro retiree. Through his trade union activism I knew him for about 40 years. He was widely respected by his co-workers and he personified the very best of trade union principles in his desire to assist his fellow c-workers. In recognition of his long period of activism, he was made an Honourary Life Member of CUPE Local 500. To Sheila and the family, please accept my deepest condolences. John was a "glass half-full" guy, and he was a fun to be around. I last had breakfast with him in November and our group will salute him at our next gathering....he will be missed. Paul Moist Past National President Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Posted by: Paul Moist (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • My deepest condolences Sheila and Family . John will truly be missed , I too, will always remember his friendliness and wonderful laugh . John had a way of making everyone feel like they were important . His hard work and dedication for JTC will always be remembered . 🤗 - Posted by: Deborah Walker (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • I’m going to miss John and his great big laugh! He will always be in my heart and my memories. My thoughts and prayers Sheila and the family ❤️ - Posted by: Brenda Lofto Forsyth (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2022

  • I do hear your laugh John and see your wonderful smile and I will keep them close to me forever. You were an amazing friend, and I will cherish our memories together. My thoughts to Sheila and the boys. - Posted by: Deb Boutilier (friend) on: Feb 12, 2022

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