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.Print This Obituary & Condolences