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Born: Jun 19, 1941

Date of Passing: May 13, 2022

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June 19, 1941 - May 13, 2022

With great sadness we the family announce the passing of John Boychuk on Friday, May 13, 2022, at home.
John leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Gloria, of 58 years; daughters, Elizabeth (Ron) and Mary (Dave), and sons, Rick (Rose), Roger, Ringo (Wendy); grandchildren, Julie, Craig, Alex, Trina, Madison and Cole, and step-grandchildren, Tia and Matthew, as well as his sisters, Elsie and Nancy (Bob), sister-in-law Alice, and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
John was predeceased by his father Tony, mother Mary, stepmother Millie, brother Walter, and brother-in-law Elmer.
John loyally served in the Water and Waste Department for the City of Winnipeg for 30 years. Dad was an exemplary employee through his steadfast commitment and a good work ethic. He retired at the age of 54.
Anyone who knew John knew he loved sports! When he wasn't watching sports, he could be seen 5-pin bowling, hunting and fishing, playing baseball, curling, billiards, and holey holey.
Through sports Johnny made many lifelong friends. He was admired for his natural ability and passion of the game. He bowled for many years with the mixed league of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians. He won trophies for the High Triple and High Single. His skill helped his teammates compete in various out-of-town tournaments. He even tried to cash in on his talent by participating in CKND's 'Bowling for Dollars.'
In his later years he traded in his baseball glove for pom poms, cheering on his children and grandchildren in sponge hockey, soccer and baseball.
Dad was the life of the party! Whether he was entertaining friends from church at breakfast, or socializing at the casino, or with the group on the casino bus tours, he always had a joke to tell. Whether it was a good joke or a bad joke he was very animated and held a captive audience.
John lived a full life and had many hobbies. He enjoyed going to the Assiniboine Downs to bet on the horses. He was an avid card player, he especially liked playing hearts with Ted and Odelia. And on a daily basis, he loved doing crossword puzzles and jumble puzzles, which led to fierce competition with Gloria.
Being raised on a farm, John appreciated being outdoors. He loved travelling and camping with his family across Canada and in the USA. He also enjoyed cottage someone else's cottage. He looked forward to his annual cottage visits with friends from church, and Ringo and Wendy's cottage in Gimli.
After suffering from health issues for many years, John is finally at peace. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
We would like to thank all those from WHRA Palliative Care, especially Angela, Amanda, and Nathalie for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7, or to a charity of your choice.

Publish Date: May 21, 2022

June 19, 1941 - May 13, 2022

John passed away in the presence of family and friends at home on Friday, May 13, 2022.
His funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 748 Keewatin St.
A full obituary to follow. This obituary also available at

Publish Date: May 17, 2022

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 17, 2022, May 21, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dear Gloria we are so sad to hear about John's passing. John was such a good friend, always showing compassion and love towards others. John will always be in our hearts and prayers. Take care Gloria, to you and your family, you will also in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time. All our love Sandra and Noreen xoxoxo - Posted by: Sandra Solomon (Friend) on: May 21, 2022

  • On behalf of the Weremiuk’s, and going back decades, our family has fond memories of Mr. John Boychuk. More recently, JB was a valued member of the Swingtown baseball community. Not to mention our #1 sponge hockey fan. Peace to Grand mere and family - Posted by: Larry Weremiuk (Friend) on: May 19, 2022

  • To you Gloria and your family, my deepest sympathy. Johnny was a friendly man and a wonderful memory of cards. My thoughts are when you visited us in Arizona and you, John, Elsie , Elmer, Reg and I were playing cards and I think Johnny won every game because he could remember the cards the rest of us played. We must remember the good times and now be thankful that he is at peace and no more pain and suffering. He will certainly be missed but is now in Gods care. Take care Gloria, my thoughts are with you at this sad time. Grace Jones. - Posted by: Grace Jones (friend) on: May 18, 2022

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