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M. JOHN C. STRAKER

Date of Passing: Aug 10, 2004

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M. JOHN C. STRAKER Peacefully, surrounded by his family, John Straker, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on August 10, 2004 at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 82 years. John is survived by Jean, his wife of 60 years; and his children, Ray (Mary), David (Ethel), Cathy (Laurence) Ledoyen, all of Winnipeg, Peter (Donnie) of Toronto, Dianne (Roy) Kleibl of Qualicum Beach, BC; grandchildren, Dr. Andrea Battison-Mills (Doug) of Prince Edward Island, Heather (fiance Matt), Leanne, Jamie, Tobi, and Charmaine Straker, and Kyle Ledoyen, all of Winnipeg, Jacob and Malcolm Straker, Toronto, Aaron and Dana Kleibl, Qualicum Beach; and great-grandchildren, Derrick, Joshua, and Shaylynn. John is also survived by his sister-in-law Edith Straker; nephews, Chris, Nigel, Andrew and Paul Straker, Ralph and Michael McNalty, all of Bristol, England. John was predeceased by his brother Tony, sister June, brother-in-law Ted McNalty, and niece Rosemary Patterson, all of Bristol, England. John was born in Bristol, England on January 16, 1922, the youngest son of the late Jim and Winn Straker. John came to Canada under the air training plan in 1942. He met Jean and they married in 1944. John was a Gunner Instructor in Mon Jolie and Picton. He returned to England in 1944 as a rear air gunner in the Wellington Bombers for the R.A.F. John and Jean returned to Canada in 1949. John worked for Randalls and Canadian Comstock. He joined the inspection branch of the City of Winnipeg in 1961, retiring in 1984 as Chief Inspector of Existing Buildings. In the 1950s John started his involvement with soccer in Manitoba by coaching and refereeing at Orioles Community Club and with the "Bluebirds". He served on the executive of the Manitoba Minor Soccer Association as President. He was a founding member of the Canadian Minor Soccer Association where he served as President for two years. John also found time to serve on the executive of the Manitoba and Canadian Soccer Associations. He was involved with soccer during the 1967 Pan Am games. In 1969 John served as a member of the Chef de Mission for the inaugural Canada Summer Games. In 1971 John was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame as a builder and in 1977 he was awarded the Queens Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the sport. The family wishes to thank the staff of 5A at the St. Boniface Hospital for their care and concern. Thanks also to Fr. Timothy for his kindness and words of compassion. Always loved, always to be remembered. In lieu of flowers, donations to the MB Lung Association, 629 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3A 1P9 or St. Andrews on the Red, in care of Rev. S. Sharman, St. Andrews Rectory, 374 River Rd., St. Andrews, MB R1A 2Y1 would be appreciated. Memorial service will be held on Monday, August 16 at 3:00 p.m.at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. Interment and reception to follow. Arrangements entrusted to: CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME CREMATION AND RECEPTION CENTRE 885-9715 Family and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolence at www.chapellawn.mb.ca.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 14, 2004

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