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John Nabozniak



It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband, father, grandfather and brother John Nabozniak. John passed away peacefully, holding his wife hand on January 16th, 2019. He is survived by his wife Catherine, sons, Ryan and Scott, daughters-in-law, Yuddisay and Penny, sister Nadia, and grandchildren Annika, Ethan, Arturo and Valentina. Most people knew John as a quiet, serious but very smart person. John was the rare individual that found his passion early in life and became both devoted to his wife Catherine and his passion Electrical/Power Engineering. Even in retirement, he proudly displayed his various professional engineering association affiliations throughout his home.

John grew up a child of the great depression. Like many of his contemporaries, his early years were difficult as the eldest son of a poor Ukrainian family. His first language was Ukrainian, learning English only as he attended school. John had big dreams, he wanted to see the world and he also wanted to leave his hardscrabble existence behind. He was bright and a hard worker, both good traits for his eventual chosen profession as an engineer. His path there was not easy. He hitchhiked with his friend, Ron Hayter, from Hudson Bay Junction, Saskatchewan to Calgary and started work on the railway. He earned enough money to start his degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Once finished he moved to Montreal in order to work for an Engineering firm in the city.

He went everywhere South America, Asia, Europe. There was not a continent that John had not visited during his work life or later for pleasure. Even near the end, John joined his family on trips to Panama and Mexico. While in Montreal, he fell in love with a beautiful blonde woman named Catherine MacIntyre. He dated her for awhile before announcing to his longtime friends Bill Rogg (best man at his wedding) and Clinton Chin, that he was engaged and getting married. John, remained friends with Bill and Clinton until the end of his life. His marriage to Catherine lasted for almost 50 years. Even at the end of his life, John and Catherine were both still deeply in love and committed to one another.

They decided to move west, following the oil boom in Alberta to raise their family there. John spent his evenings regaling his sons with the stories of his travels, watching James Bond movies and Star Trek. Weekends involved spending hours in his workshop, tinkering with engines or welding/designing various accessories for his vehicles. Summers were spent camping in BC and driving down the west coast of Canada and the US. The autumns were spent hunting with his brother Russell (pre-deceased), his brothers sons (Brent and Todd) and his own children. Trips were unplanned and only a general direction was given as to where the family was going and how much time they needed to get there. John never knew where he was going on these trips and his wife Catherine had no idea of how to get there. Adventure awaited him!

John was the straight man in his family, aspiring for extreme normality, probably due to his upbringing and his profession. His youngest son, Scott, described Johns expression as "resting grouch face". Both of his sons would spend dinners together teasing their father, watch him fume while at the same time making their mother laugh with abandon and calm John down with "Now John...".

Ten years ago, John went into a hospital for surgery in order to have a pacemaker inserted. Following the surgery, John developed a post operative infection. During his recovery he was diagnosed with Dementia and eventually Alzheimers. Following the diagnosis, Johns memory slowly disappeared while his personality changed also.

We ask everyone to remember him for the man he was before his illness. He was kind, gentle, honest and brilliant with a wry sense of humour. He spent a lot of his life observing others and keeping his opinions and judgment to himself. When he did speak, people listened, because they knew that what he had to say was important. The world is a lesser place due to the loss of him.

Services for John will be held at Connelly-McKinley in Edmonton, 10011-114 St. NW on Saturday, January 26th, 2019, at 11 am. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, between 6 pm and 8 pm.

Please join us to celebrate Johns life and remember him with us. Those that cannot attend, please feel free to leave a note for the family on the funeral homes website.

In Loving Memory of
John Nabozniak
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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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Funeral Service
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:00 AM
Downtown Chapel
10011 - 114 Street
Edmonton, AB
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