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March 8, 1928 – October 11, 2019
John Yacucha peacefully passed away at the age of 91 at Beacon Hill Lodge.
He is survived by his three children; Sharon (Garry) Asher, Shelley (Ross) Shaw and Kerry (Linda) Yacucha. Grandchildren; Kurt, Sheldon, Shanna, Braden, Krysta, Caitlin, Daniel, Christopher & Stephanie. Great grandchildren; Storm, Tyler, Jordan, Joshua, Matthew, Riley, Kaelyn, Declan, Landon, Madeline & Nora. John is also survived by his brother Larry (Mary) Yacucha, sister Bev (Art) Irving and sister in law Irene Yacucha, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Mabel (Mamie Baby), his son Greg, his parents Alex & Annie, his sister Minta (Bill) McNamara, his brothers Steve and Billie.
Dad often shared his happy memories of his childhood in Glencairn, where he was born.
Dad loved to sing, because of the encouragement he received from his grade 4 teacher.
Dad spoke fondly and with pride about working on the extra gang with his father, helping him operate the adzing machine.
Dad had various jobs throughout Canada. In 1961 he started his career with the Dept. of Indian Affairs from which he retired in 1981. While working for the Department the family lived in various communities in Manitoba.
When Dad saw the woman of his dreams through a restaurant window, it was love at first sight and after a brief courtship they were married in April of 1949.
After marriage they journeyed through life raising their family.
In 1974 Mom convinced Dad to purchase 40 acres of land just west of Ladywood which was referred to as “the property”.
The building of the cottage and later the home with the work that was involved in maintaining the grounds was a labour of love for Dad. It was his intention to bring joy to his whole family through all his labours. His endeavours were a great success.
Those endeavours included; hours spent building and maintaining a garden, cutting trails through the forest for walking and skiing, digging a swimming dugout, creating a lighted skating rink, building a log playhouse for the grandchildren, building a lighted outdoor dance floor for an annual family hoedown and corn roast along with many other projects.
In between these many projects, he spent numerous happy hours golfing.
He taught his children and grandchildren to develop a great appreciation for nature and our surroundings; from the diamonds in the snow, to the taste of raindrops, to the smell of the forest and to the chatter of the squirrels and chipmunks. This is just a small sample of some of his teachings.
When Dad started losing his eyesight it was with deep sadness that they had to sell the beloved “property” and move to the city. Dad’s final moment at “the property” was kneeling down to kiss the ground and say thank you.
Moving to the city was a big adjustment for Dad. While he still had some eyesight he enjoyed collecting hockey cards and playing cards with family. As time went on and his eyesight deteriorated he loved going out to eat and making regular trips to the casino.
Thanks Dad for all you have done for us over the years.
We know that once again you are dancing with your “Mamie Baby”
Rest in Peace.
A very special thanks from the family to the staff at Beacon Hill Lodge for the compassionate care you provided during his time there.
There’s a tree in the meadow
With a stream drifting by
And carved upon that tree I see
“I love you till I die”
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