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BESTIANICH – John Joseph

November 13, 1930 – February 17, 2010

John Bestianich, beloved husband of Sheila Bestianich, passed away on Wednesday February 17, 2010 at the age of 79 years.

John was born in Princeton, B.C., but lived most of his life in Calgary. He worked for the federal department of agriculture for more than 35 years, retiring in 1986. He was an avid photographer, capturing the beauty of nature. John made life-long friends, some dating back to his days at St. Mary’s High School, he made many more through his involvement in photography, hiking and cross-country skiing clubs. He was eager to meet new people and visit new places, traveling often with his wife and family.

Besides his wife of almost 55 years, Sheila, John will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Michele (Tony) Broadhurst, son Paul, grandchildren; Daniel, Tegan and Christopher, brother George (Pamela) Bestianich, his sister Mary (Charles) Holder, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ron and Jean Bosada, as well as nieces and nephews in Calgary and Ontario. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Helen.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday February 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433. John’s family wishes to thank the staff of Carewest Sarcee for their care and support. Forward condolences through

In living memory of John Bestianich, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Nancy Chambers :

    God Bless
    Mr. Bestianich was like my second father. I loved him so much. I went and visited him with his son Paul, at the hospice, the Rockyview and also Mr. & Mrs. Bestianich had me in their home many times. It was a priviledge to be a part of his life. My heart is broken & I’ll miss him terribly. At least his pain & anguish are now gone. I’m so sorry for his family, my heart is with them. All the best to the family.
    Love Forever,

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  2. Vic and Doreen Jones :

    We will always remember John as a wonderful and friendly man. We met through photography and John made our meetings most pleasant. John enjoyed photography and worked hard at his craft. He will be missed but not forgotten.
    Doreen and Vic Jones

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  3. Vicki Webster (nee Balog) :

    Sheila and family
    Although our paths had not crossed for
    several years I still have fond memories of our youth and our closely
    knit families and especially our time at
    St. Mary’s. John was a super nice guy.
    Deepest sympathy to you all.

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    Please accept our deepest regrets
    on the loss of John.

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