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Born: Apr 01, 1945

Date of Passing: Apr 21, 2022

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With sadness, we announce the passing on April 21, 2022, in Stonewall, Manitoba, of John Oleksiuk. He was born April 1, 1945 in Willingdon, AB.
He is survived by his wife Irene Shaw; daughter Rachel (Tim) and grandchild Katie; son Andrew (Kelly); and many other relatives and friends dear to him.
In keeping with John's wishes, no formal service will be held.

Condolences for John's family can be left at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • It is with a heavy heart that I learned of John's passing today. John and I were kindred spirits. I first met John in 1969 when I moved to Winnipeg, he, just a few years younger than me. We were two book guys working in a bookshop. John was there with me at the hospital when my first child was born and I with him when his first child was born. We were two budding guitar players and hungry to learn every song and note we listened to. John was my mentor in music. He knew everything there was to know about all the great music and players and taught me how to appreciate and recognize great music and great song writers. We became inseparable for a long while making music and discovering life. And as life goes, family grows, business responsibilities and all the stuff in between we lost connection somewhere in the dark. I moved east then to another country. We stayed in touch for know how the story goes...John, I will miss you forever. Words can never tell how much you gave me. A very, very big part of what I am today I owe to you. Thank you my friend, my hero, my soulmate, my brother. I love you man! - Posted by: Mike Lacroix (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2023

  • Knew John for 50 years thru our travels and life...always reconnected. Many, many happy memories. We always picked up as if we saw each other every day. A really fine person!!! My condolences to Irene and his family and his so many friends. John you were free!!! - Posted by: Marty O'Kell (OLD Friend....) on: Jun 03, 2022

  • He was a pleasant person that always talked to you. My sympathies and take care as you will miss him dearly. - Posted by: noreen stone (friend) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • Remembering fun times working with John at McNally Robinson especially him calling out for the ‘whiz bang’ aka ISBN. Rest well. - Posted by: Luba (Co-worker) on: Apr 30, 2022

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