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Born: Jun 16, 0920

Date of Passing: Nov 22, 2004

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REV. JOHN W. DICK Our family is saddened to announce the death of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - but we are thankful that his daily struggle with an incurable ailment is over and John is at peace. John was born in St. Catharines, ON, June l7, l920, and died in Grace Hospital, Winnipeg, on Monday, November 22, 2004. Since the age of l3 John wanted to be a minister, and never lost sight of his aim. When The Second World War broke out John joined the R.C.A.F. and served for five years in Canada, Britain and Italy. When the war was over John entered McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Divinity Degrees. He was ordained into the Baptist Ministry in March, l952. He later received his Master of Sacred Theology from the University of Winnipeg. John served the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec in two pastorates in Hamilton, and the Baptist Union of Western Canada churches in Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg, being very active in the provincial Associations, serving on committees, chairing Commissions, and serving as Provincial Moderator. He served for many years on the Board of the Baptist Union of Western Canada, moving up to become the President. He fulfilled his responsibilities in his unique way. John was a very caring, compassionate Pastor. Wanting to have more understanding of people in hospitals and nursing homes, he took time out for l5 months training full-time in hospitals in Hamilton, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Fargo, North Dakota, and passed the Canadian exams for the Canadian Association for Pastoral Education, and received his certificate as a Specialist in Pastoral Care. He then became the full-time Chaplain at the Municipal Hospital, Winnipeg, (now Riverview Health Centre) where his uniqueness and caring made him much loved, and where he had wonderful experiences in his 12 years there. After retirement John served as Interim Pastor at Broadway-First Baptist Church, and later at First Baptist Church, Brandon, MB. Broadway-First Baptist honoured him by bestowing on him the title of Minister Emeritus. John was devoted to his family. He lived his life with care, and goodness, he was compassionate, joyful and generous. His kindness touched the lives of many who loved and admired him. John was predeceased by his parents, his sister Christine. His dear son, Allan, a Sea King helicopter pilot, was lost at sea November 7, 1971. John is survived by his dearly loved wife, Johan, and they shared over 63 wonderful years together. He is also survived by his son Bob (Lynda) daughter Jane (Adriano) grand-daughters, Michal-Joan (Mark) Jenkinson, Kathryn, and Pamela; a great-granddaughter Audrey Hannah Jenkinson; several nieces and nephews; and sister Elaine (Frank). The family wishes to say a very sincere thank you to all the caregivers at the Grace General Hospital for their professional loving care given to John during his time there. A service of praise to celebrate Johns life and work will be held at Broadway-First Baptist Church, 790 Honeyman, Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m. Wheelchair access available. "Well done, good and faithful servant" If friends so desire gifts may be made to Broadway-First Baptist Church "On Solid Ground" Project, to the Childrens Hospital, or to a charity of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2004

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