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Born: Aug 29, 1939

Date of Passing: Apr 28, 2022

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, father, and grandfather, Jack Cahoon, on April 28, 2022, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the age of 82.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife of 56 years, Pat; son, Michael (Catherine); daughters, Joanne (Connie) and Barbara (Scott); and seven grandchildren, Alex, John, Brendan, Myles, Kate, Jack, and Drew. He was predeceased by his parents (Thomas and Gladys) and his brother (Tom).
Jack was born on August 29, 1939, in Calgary, Alberta, where he attended school and excelled academically. He developed a passion for metallurgy and earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.
In 1968, Jack accepted a position teaching Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba where he had a long and successful career culminating with the honour of being awarded Professor Emeritus. Jack loved teaching, learning, and research and had a lasting impact on many of his students and colleagues. Highlights of his time at the University of Manitoba include being named a Fellow of ASM (American Society for Metals) International; serving as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering; conducting experiments on metals at zero gravity on the KC-135 (a.k.a., "the vomit comet") at the Johnson Space Center; examining failed hip implants; and much to the delight of his children's friends, testing the plasticity of condoms.
Jack had a very adventurous spirit and was always up for a new challenge. He loved curling, golfing, fishing, camping, building and flying model airplanes, rollerblading, riding his bike, making wine, playing hockey (which he did well into his seventies), and coaching his children's various teams. Jack earned his pilot's license in 1991, and one of his greatest passions was flying. Jack loved telling stories and could always be counted on for a good (or not so good) joke. Jack also loved spending time with his grandchildren, and they loved nothing more than hanging out at Grandma Pat and Grandpa Jack's house.
Jack leaves a wonderful legacy and countless memories. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
The family would like to extend its gratitude to the staff at St. Joseph's Residence and St. Norbert Personal Care Home for the wonderful care that Jack received.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Church (933 Summerside Ave., Winnipeg, MB). Masks are required. A recording of the service will be posted on the Trinity United Church website at
If so desired, donations in Jack's memory may be made to Parkinson Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 07, 2022

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Pat I was so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. My sympathy and love to you and the family. Jack and Peter had great times curling together and the occasional flight as well. Hopefully they are continuing on in their next stage. Blessings. Dorothy Cowie - Posted by: Dorothy Cowie (Friend) on: May 26, 2022

  • Dr. Cahoon was my thesis advisor in grad school, and professor in several undergrad courses prior. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor. He was so enthusiastic about engineering, research and education. He was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Ed Hohenberg (Student and friend) on: May 10, 2022

  • Dr Cahoon was a wonderful and inspiring teacher to many generations of mechanical engineering students at the U of M. He always impressed with his ability to find a practical (and sometimes incredible) story from his own career to help bring the lecture to life. - Posted by: Dan Lussier (Former student) on: May 09, 2022

  • When I was a young kid I remember checking every evening or on the weekend to see if Mr.Cahoon would be flying his planes behind Dalhousie school. We used to sit on the grass and watch him for hours. One time he let me take the controls for awhile ! Thanks for the great memories Sir ! - Posted by: Tim Shyiak (Fort Richmond) on: May 09, 2022

  • I have many memories of Mr. Cahoon. He was a great man. My thought and love goes out to his family. Hugs ❤ - Posted by: Janine watts (Family friend) on: May 07, 2022

  • I had the pleasure and good fortune of working for Jack when he was Professor and Dept Head of Mechanical Engineering at the U of Mb. He was a great man, always ready to get his hands dirty on anybody's project. He tried to find a reason to get people involved in his zero-g work and I was lucky to be one of the ones he invited. We had a lot of fun down in Houston with a Pitts Special bi-plane and the vomit comet and later the project evolved into a rocket launch in White Sands, New Mexico and the Space Shuttle. He loved to fly and many of us at the U were treated to air time with him around Winnipeg as he was building up hours for his pilot's license. During the flood of 97 I believe, he took us south of the city and flew from over the hot farm fields to over the ice cold Red River. The change of air temperature caused us to drop a few hundred feet in a few seconds prompting one joyrider to claim he'd never fly in a small plane again. Thanks Jack, see you on the other side! - Posted by: Roy Hartle (friend) on: May 07, 2022

  • Lots of prayers and love being sent your way as you mourn the loss of a great husband, father and grandfather! May your memories be everlasting! Janice - Posted by: Janice Greene (friend of family) on: May 07, 2022

  • Nancy and David enjoyed spending time with Jack and Pat. We often played cards at each others' homes when they spent part of the winter in Tucson, AZ. These were wonderful times together. These occasions began when Jack was a visiting professor at the University of Arizona. In addition to cards and socializing, David and Jack often played golf together. And many times Pat joined us. Wonderful family man, terrific teacher and professor of metallurgy, good friend, but a "lousy" card player. - Posted by: David & Nancy Poirier (Tucson friends) on: May 07, 2022

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