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Born: Jul 02, 1927

Date of Passing: Feb 05, 2017

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JOHN ALEXANDER GOODES John Alexander Goodes, born July 2, 1927, passed away peacefully at the Grace Hospice in Winnipeg on February 5, 2017 at the age of 89, surrounded by family. Married to Ollie Irene Goodes until her passing in March, 2014. Beloved father of Mark, Don and Jeff and grandfather to Terra, Gloria, Amy, and Ben. John was born into a Romanian community near Inglis, Manitoba. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Agriculture from the University of Manitoba and a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of North Dakota. In Winnipeg, he was employed at the Free Press, Red River College, and with the Provincial Government. Later he moved his family to Ottawa to work as a senior federal bureaucrat, becoming a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister of Employment. He retired in 1987. In retirement, he worked with CESO in Romania and Bolivia and wrote three books. John kept strong ties to his roots. He maintained the farm of his birth and would visit it and the local community frequently. He was a co-founder of the St. Elijah Pioneer Museum near Inglis, MB. He wrote a highly popular history of the early pioneers of the Lennard region, titled Where Money Grows on Trees. In the late 1990s he took his sons on an unforgettable trip to Romania to explore their family history. John also loved to garden and planted a large garden on the farm every summer even through his 80s. John will be remembered for his warm laugh, his sharp mind and pioneering spirit, his ability to tell a good story, and his frugal nature. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and neighbours. Evening prayers will be at St. Elijah Romanian Orthodox Church in Lennard, MB on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 15 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elijah Romanian Orthodox Church with interment following in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the St. Elijah Cemetery Fund. Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 11, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sorry this condolence is so late, I just thought of John and decided to check Passages today. I worked with 'Mr. Goodes' as a young registry clerk around 1970/72 at DREE in Wpg. Of all my bosses, he was my favourite. My roommate was from Inglis so we had something in common. I knew all about Lennard and the area and we had many good stories to share. He had a great sense of humour and we both enjoyed a good joke. One day I walked into his office, he had his feet up on his desk, and he proudly showed off the hole in his sock. His toe was sticking right through. We laughed and laughed. I read his book Where Money Grew On Trees and liked it very much. I hope you enjoy this little memory I have of John. He was a wonderful person. - Posted by: Roberta Hutchison (co-worker) on: Aug 12, 2019

  • Hey, miss you. - Posted by: Amy (Granddaughter) on: Jun 03, 2019

  • Mark, Don, Jeff and famiies. Our condolences on the passing of John. Over the past 20 years my family has made an annual trek to camp at the park in Asessippi. The main reason was that I am a Burla descendant and I began to photograph the area, in particular, the St. Elijah Church and cemetery. I learned that John lived in Winnipeg and over the past few years began emailing each other. I was supposed to meet with him and son Don. Unfortunately that never happened and the very last email I received from John was in March of 2015. Part of our meeting was so I could somehow start helping with anything like with the website. I would still like to get involved but I don't have any contacts. John's book was an inspiration for me and I have shared it with friends and family to read. We are so proud of our heritage and so lucky that we had someone like John to make such a difference to preserve our heritage! - Posted by: Tim and Kathy Kalushka (also with roots from Lennard) on: Feb 26, 2017

  • Although we've only known your Father / Grand Father for a few years, we really enjoyed his company. His knowledge and background on many subjects and his caring nature provided us with many interesting conversations which we will miss. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Kathy & Stan - Posted by: Kathy & Stan Rybuck (Friends) on: Feb 11, 2017

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