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John Yacucha

John Yacucha

Thursday, March 8th, 1928 - Friday, October 11th, 2019
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John Yacucha
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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Marie Gwozd

Posted at 11:15am
Dear Family of John,
I have wonderful memories of Johnny Yacucha, as a former neigbour on Lyon St. in Portage.
Johnny was a GREAT GUY...loved by many .it was wonderful for me to read about the wonderful
family he cherished...John worked at Southport and many times Anna Pollock and I were lucky to get a ride
with John to work...He was a most friendly, sincere person I have known... My most sincere condolences to all
the Family...on the loss of your Parents...Fond memories of Mabel also... May you be comforted knowing they are together, watching over all the family....You were all blessed to have such caring wonderful parents...
From a friend who has wonderful memories of Johnny....His nickname for me was "honeybunch"... He had a way of making people feel SPECIAL, HE WAS SPECIAL . With love and prayers ...Marie Gwozd (aka Minnie) now of Winnipeg..

Shelley Shaw Posted at 05:44pm

Hi Marie, I am John’s daughter Shelley. Thank you so much for sharing your memories of our Dad in such a beautiful eloquent way. Yes we all believe he was special but it was so nice to read of someone in his past who believed the same. And I agree, we were very blessed to have such wonderful caring parents. You have brightened my day. Again, thank you so much! 💖💖💖

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