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Date of Passing: Jul 26, 2022

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On July 26, 2022, Jesus called John home. John was born in Calgary, the son of Doug and Ethel McFarland.
John is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, June; their daughters, Heather (Stan), and Bonnie; grandson Dan; sister-in-law Audrey; nephews, Brady (Linda), Cale (Pat) and Trevor; sister-in-law Shannon and family, and numerous other relatives and friends.
John attended both Kelvin and St. Paul's High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1960 from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and his Master of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1980. These skills were a great benefit during his career where he worked at BMO, Manulife Financial, Parks Canada, and the Parks and Historic Resources Branch of the Manitoba Government.
June and John were married June 10, 1961, and had two girls, Heather born in Winnipeg, and Bonnie born in Ottawa. John loved hockey, baseball and history. He was also an animal lover. Over the years he was Dad to many family pets which included dogs, cats, birds, and guinea pigs. This love for animals is now part of his legacy that will live on through Bonnie, Dan and Heather.
If you wish, donations can be made in John's memory to the Winnipeg Pet Rescue, Faith to Live By, or a charity of your choice.
A private family burial has been held at Chapel Lawn.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 05, 2022, Aug 06, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Dear June, Heather and Bonnie, Sincere condolences to you all. Through school, mail, phone and visits, John and I were best pals for 75 years. He was a good man. God bless. Bill Clapham - Posted by: Bill Clapham (friend) on: Aug 16, 2022

  • To John's family I extend my sincere condolences. I was John's secretary at Parks. John was true to his faith and I enjoyed working with him. - Posted by: Margit MacCharles (nee Kunz) (Co-worker) on: Aug 06, 2022

  • John,new to St Paul's and in the same class and of course from Calgary he was referred to as Cowboy. John was a great goalie and hockey was a great part of life. June was big sister at St Boniface Hospital as a support to new students in nursing. They both were great tour guides in Banff. Great Memories. - Posted by: Duane and Lynn Nieman (Friends of long standing, Not Old Friends) on: Aug 05, 2022

  • As Director of the Province's Historic Resources Branch, John was my first true "boss" after graduating from university. His kindness, gentleness and professionalism made my transition to the working world so much easier. My condolences to the entire family. - Posted by: Lynne Champagne (Former co-worker) on: Aug 05, 2022

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