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ANDRIUK, John

January 27, 1935 – Lamont, Alberta
November 14, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Our family sadly announces that John Andriuk, beloved husband of Joyce Andriuk, passed away on November 14, 2014 at the age of 79 years.

John was raised on the family farm and was always proud of his Ukrainian heritage. He loved to tell stories about attending a one room schoolhouse, trapping muskrats on Whitford Lake, and generally raising havoc initially with his three older brothers and later joined by his sister and a much younger brother. He attended Victoria Composite High School, where he met his future wife, Joyce. John and Joyce were married for 57 years, and his final concerns were for Mom. John later attended the University of Oklahoma and received his BSc in Geology. After graduation, John returned to Canada, where he was hired by Standard Oil as a horse wrangler. He requested a foreign position, and was sent to the exotic locale of Regina, SK. He was later transferred to Calgary, with Amoco. John joined the fledgling Dome Petroleum were he rose to become the Senior VP of Exploration and Land. He was a legendary geologist who was involved in the creation of several oil companies along the way including Pan Arctic and Dome Canada. John was instrumental in the exploration of the Canadian north, most notably establishing CanMar and exploring oil resources in the Beaufort Sea. Eventually, John worked as a consultant, teaching a new crop of geologists and discovering the Antelope Lake field. He was an eternal optimist who always believed in the next big play. John continued to work until his final illness. He was well known on most of the salmon fishing camps on the west coast. John will be remembered for his love for his family, his commitment to his friends, his wonderful sense of humour, as well as his belief that any culinary creation could be improved with liberal amounts of peppers.

Besides his loving wife, John is survived by his daughters Lonny (Lorne) Olsen, and Lorraine (Allen Veitch) Andriuk; daughter-in-law Deborah Andriuk; grandchildren Natalie, Martin, Greg, Tom, Killian, Haley, Johnny; his brother Ron (Jane) Andriuk; sister Doreen (Gordon) Richards; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Brian in 2005, and brothers Jack, Alex and Robert.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude to all the caregivers involved in helping Dad though his final journey, especially the palliative care team and staff of Unit 91 at Foothills Hospital.

In living memory of John Andriuk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. I have known John for many years and worked with him at Pan American and subsequently at Dome Petroleum where John hired me as an Oil Scout. I really enjoyed my association with John over many years in the oil Patch. He was an excellent boss and was really appreciated by his staff.
    My condolences to Joyce and the family in their loss. We have all lost a super friend and person.
    Sincerely,
    Jim McCool

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  2. Jim Barbaro Jr. :

    Joyce & Family,
    So sorry to hear about John’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are
    with you during this difficult time. We enjoyed the odd cocktail together
    over the years and I think one of those evenings was in the picture above with
    the cup…. Will always have fond memories of our times together.
    Jim Barbaro Jr.

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  3. Ron & Anne allbright :

    Our sincerest condolences Joyce to you and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless!

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  4. Dolores Metzinger :

    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family

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  5. I started with Dome Petroleum in the early 70’s and will always appreciate John for getting me into main stream play generation. I will always remember fondly our battles in the exploration approval meetings. Lately we only crossed paths at Dome personnel funerals but I’m glad that I was able to apologize for any problems I may have caused him in those exploration meetings. He responded of course with his usual albeit gruff no problem. He was a big deal in my career and I will always appreciate his influence and candour. He will be missed by many and for good reason.

    Al Enevold

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  6. MILES AND FRAN PRIMROSE-JACK WARD :

    Joyce, we and our families send our deepest sympathy to you and your family on John’s
    passing. John was one of a kind to say the least. We all had great admiration for this man.
    He made an excellent choice 57 years ago as did you! Joyce , we will be visiting a special tree in Fish Creek Provincial Park to pay homage to this special man in the future.
    We wish you well.
    Our thoughts will be with all of you on November 14th.
    GOD BLESS!

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  7. Carol Hardie (Stout) :

    The “Hardie” family sends our deepest condolences to Joyce and family. Many fond memories of old times and “gag gifts” between Carol & John. Carol Stout, Melanie Hardie, Leslie Aldridge, & Mark Johnson

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  8. frances andriuk :

    So sorry for the loss of a special brother in law. We will be there in spring as the weather is not good here. I would love to hear danny boy, hugs to all

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  9. Kelly and Don Gibson :

    So sorry for the loss of Uncle John. Always enjoyed our visits together. We will miss him very much. Lot of love. Sorry we didn’t make it as our weather isn’t great.

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  10. Nicholas W Taylor :

    John was a great guy and geologist who teased me often about my honourable title. (Too few Liberals in his life)
    Enjoyed doing business with him. My condolences to the family on losing a man who was well lived
    Nick

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  11. Dear Joyce, Lonny and Lorraine,

    Our thoughts are with you and hope that a constant stream of fond memories of John help you though the coming days. John gave us, and everyone he interacted with, unique moments in time, and these will carry on forever.

    Mick, Garry and Marg Sawka

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  12. We are sorry to hear about the loss of John. We send our sincerest condolences. I enjoyed speaking with him after the passing of my father. He had all these great stories of their adventures in Regina with Bill Bell and the “Dental Drilling Company”.
    Sincerely,
    Jim Sweeney

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