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In Loving Memory Of

John Tanchak

 

In Grande Prairie, on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, John Tanchak, 77, passed away suddenly, leaving his wife, Liz and his two beloved Bearded Collies.

John loved cold beer and hard work. He liked mystery novels, working in his garden and playing with his dogs. He was great at stained glass art. He was a master carpenter and for a while he had 17 aquariums.  Back in the day, his CB radio handle was Sir Lancelot, and that seemed to fit.

John was a Ukrainian prairie boy. He was born in Poplarfield, Manitoba to John and Doris Tanchak. They lived in Ridgeville where they had the General Store and a turkey farm.  John Sr. was an M.P.. When he was 19, John left all that and his sister, Iris, to join the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He started his RCAF career as a radio operator on the Argus, spotting spy submarines off the Nova Scotia coast. Then one summer day he went to Air Force Day in Prince Edward Island and met his future bride, Elizabeth Clark. 

Swept off her feet, and off the Island, Liz lived with John from coast to coast and in the middle of Canada too. John became a pilot. After his family, the loves of his life were planes: the DC3 and the Hercules. Together, John and Liz had two children:   Shenda, who now lives in Toronto with her husband Don Hanna and their children: Sam, Dominic and Rosy; and John, whose children are Jonathon and Emma, and who lives near Devon with his sweetheart, Holly.

John and Liz moved to Grande Prairie when John retired from the Air Force. He took up a position as the Disaster Services Officer for Northern Alberta.   In Grande Prairie, they built a house and John taught flying and volunteered for civilian Search & Rescue.

After retiring from Alberta Public Safety Services, John did consulting work for the oil industry in communities considering permitting drilling.  Throughout this time, he was feeding deer out the back gate, collecting and selling antique cars and taking long motorhome trips with Liz and their dogs and cats.

In the last few years, after permanently retiring, John became a member of the Grande Prairie Elks Lodge and a member of the Board for Camp Tamarack.

John loved to fly, garden, build things and make things. He was the busiest, most industrious man his family and friends knew. What he did not like was funerals, so he told his family not to have one for him.

In lieu of flowers, he would have welcomed memorial donations to Camp Tamarack (Box 1333, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4Z1).

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In Loving Memory of

John Tanchak
 

 
 

 
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