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BOBIAK, Ian

June 6, 1939 – Brandon, MB
September 29, 2013 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Ian; loving Husband, Father and Grandfather in Calgary, AB on September 29, 2013 at the age of 74 years. Ian passed away peacefully with family by his side, following a courageous battle with leukemia.

Ian was born in Brandon, MB on June 6, 1939, growing up in a large Ukrainian family. As a young boy he was a great Ukrainian dancer, was a member of Sea Cadets, and a drummer for the “Hi-Five” band in high school. Following that he chose a career in architecture and worked for two major architectural firms in Winnipeg, MB before forming his own company, Ian Bobiak Project Management; which he successfully ran for almost three decades in Brandon, MB. He married his high school sweetheart Sharon Stott on July 25, 1964. They were blessed with two daughters, Shauna in 1968 and Heidi in 1972. In 2007 Ian and Sharon moved west to Cochrane, AB to semi-retire and enjoy quality time with family and their grandchildren.

Ian loved the great outdoors. He was an avid canoeist and took great pleasure in quietly paddling through the bulrushes to view a family of loons. He also enjoyed countless hours of fishing and camping, especially in Kananaskis Country and the Rocky Mountains. Over the last few years he took great pride in the restoration of his two vintage vehicles, a 1928 Chrysler and a 1924 Model T Ford Truck.

He will forever be loved and remembered by his wife Sharon of 49 years, daughters Shauna Dyck (Steven) of White City, SK, and Heidi Dixon (Dean) of Cochrane, AB. Ian was a proud and loving “Grampy” to his 3 grandchildren Arianna Dyck, and Tasia and Parker Dixon.

A Celebration of Ian’s Life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church Cochrane (128-1st Street East Cochrane, AB) on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email donorservices@cancer.ab.ca. The family would like to thank the staffs of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Carewest Sarcee Hospice for their compassionate care during Ian’s final days.

In living memory of Ian Bobiak, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Donna Hogeland (Morley, AB) :

    Dear Sharon and Family,

    “There’s a path that leads to a turn in the road, and we each much travel there,
    Where the Father waits to take us home to the shelter of His care…
    Where happiness, and peace and joy replace the tears and pain,
    And our loved ones rest in the arms of God, to sweetly live again.”

    Praying God will hold you close, gently ease your sorrow, heal your heart, and strengthen you for every new tomorrow.

    ~ In sympathy and friendship, Donna

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  2. Laurie McKague Roberts :

    Dear BoBiak Family,

    I wanted you to know the fond memories of your father I hold. Coming to your house was to play as a child was always fun and very welcoming due in part to your fathers sense of humor and certainly kindness. Wishing you and yours all the best in this trying time.

    Laurie

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  3. Jo-Ann (Bobyk) Patenaude :

    Uncle Ian was one of my Father’s (Frank) brothers I remember. When I visited Brandon with my Mother, Uncle Ian and Aunt Sharon were engaged. There is only 10 years different in our ages. I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had a chance to get to know him better but hopefully in another time I will. A fell a huge part of my heritage has moved on.

    Jo-Ann (Bobyk) Patenaude

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  4. Sharon, Heidi, Dean, Tasia, and Parker,
    I am so sorry to hear that your husband, dad, and grampy is no longer of this world. He was such a kind and playful man. I’ll never forget the huge smile on Parker’s face when his grampy would come by for a visit. Cochrane will miss Ian and Sharon driving their vintage vehicles in the Labour Day Parade!! You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Joanne Burns

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  5. Judy Moyer & Darlene Wilkinson :

    Sharon & family

    Sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. May you find comfort in your memories and God’s love.

    Thinking of you,
    Judy & Darlene

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  6. Nola and Dennis Collingwood :

    Our deepest condolences to Sharon, Heidi and Shauna and families, I am happy to have known Ian and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. We will always have him in our thoughts.

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  7. John&Bev Klassen :

    Dear Sharon and Family,

    So very sorry to hear of your loss.May your many fond memories help sustain you during this most trying time.
    We have good memories of Band trips and camping at Snowlake. We remember Ian trolling for Whiskey Jacks using a peanut for bait.He always had a ready smile and a great sense of humour!
    Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

    John&Bev Klassen&Family.

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  8. John&Bev Klassen :

    Dear Sharon and Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss.May your many memories help sustain you during this difficult time.
    We remember Ian’s ready smile and keen sense of humour. Also good memories of Band Trips and camping at Snowlake.
    Know that our hearts and prayers are with all of you!
    John&Bev Klassen&Family

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  9. Marlene Robins :

    Dear Sharon–I was saddened to read the paper to-day and see that you have lost your Ian–Although I did not know him–I do know you and how Special it was that you called when my brother passed–I am so sorry for your loss–and I know you will have “SPECIAL” memories that no one can take away— This is a very trying sad time and hope that time will heal but- you will never forget–“Ian is safe in the arms of Jesus “and free of pain–
    Sharon I wanted you to know you are very much in my thoughts–Take care my Friend.
    Love and hugs from Marlene

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  10. Marlene Robins :

    Deepest sympathy from Keith & Marlene

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  11. Leita & Brian Paterson :

    Ian’s passing weighs heavy on our hearts. Besides losing a close friend and ‘one of the gang’ from the old days, Ian’s passing makes one think of our own mortality. That said, Ian was certainly a unique individual. Like others who grew up in the 50’s & 60’s, Ian was a product of his times – Ian was resourceful, creative and independent of spirit. Ian was one of the best ‘jivers’ (dancers) we ever knew. Talk about creativity. This was long before dance lessons became popular. While he grew up in MB, Ian would loved to have been called an ‘Albertan’. Besides moving closer to his children & the mountains, we believe Ian felt he had more freedom of action in Alberta. Concerning business, moving to AB was a good move for Ian & the family. As a teenager, one could see Ian had a talent for creating and building. Who else had a ‘rocket-slider’ on a circular track in their back yard. This was an early sign that his career in architecture was just beginning. His creativity is manifested in the many projects & buildings in Brandon and area.

    We will miss Ian’s subtle & dry sense of humor. He was a master of the one liner. When Ian came to our house, it wasn’t long before he and Brian would be talking about fishing, the mountains or canoeing. He loved the outdoors. We often talked about fly fishing on the Bow River.

    We will miss him.

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  12. Dear Sharon and family,

    I was so sorry to read of Ian’s passing today in the Brandon Sun.
    I extend my most sincere sympathy to you in your loss, and know
    that you will hold him in your hearts forever.

    Sincerely,

    Sally

    To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die…Thomas Campbell.

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  13. Nicole (Patenaude) Villeneuve :

    Dear Great Aunt Sharon, Shauna and Heidi,

    My name is Nicole and I am your great- niece and cousin. I am the daughter of Jo-Ann Bobyk and the granddaughter of Uncle Ian’s brother Frank Bobyk . I want to offer you my sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Sadly, I did not have the good fortune to know my Great- Uncle Ian personally, but I have known of him through stories told to me by my mother and grandmother Helen. From what I have learned both from these stories and from his obituary above, he sounded like an amazing man and I would have enjoyed knowing him. I know that we are distant family but I can’t help but be saddened for your family’s loss as well as for my mother. Please accept my sympathies and I pray that your love and memoires of Ian bring you some measure of comfort during this profoundly difficult time.
    With love….

    Nicole (Patenaude) Villeneuve

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  14. Sharon and your family–Thinking of you at this sad time. We trust that you will have many memories of Ian—as we have ,while living in the fine home which he designed for us. Sincerely, Lynne and Bob Hopley

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  15. Sharon and Family, My condolences on the loss of Ian. Before I taught you at Earl Oxford School, I lived very close to the Bobiak family. I lived on 8th St. they lived on 9th.

    I remember Ian as an active energetic young person.

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  16. Sharon Bobiak (Scott) and family
    My condolences to you and your family on the loss of Ian. I remember Ian as a young lad with an abundance of energy when I live very near the Bobiak family in Brandon.
    You may recall me as your grade 8 teacher at Earl Oxford school.

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  17. Ruth and Ed Saunders :

    Dear Sharon, Shauna, Heidi and Families
    Just a short note to send our condolences to all of you on Ian’s passing. As I said in my e-mail “a life cut short far too soon”. We have many good memories of Ian. He and Ed had many conversations of building and fisihing etc. I do remember his sense of humor and how creative he was. We hope you will find comfort and peace in the love and prayers of family and friends.
    God bless all of you.
    Ruth Ed and Family

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  18. Murray and Elly Bateman :

    It’s always so very difficult for those of us who remain after having lost a loved one but God promises us that we will be re-united once again with those who have gone before us. Be comforted by his word and remain faithful.

    Ian and I and the Stott family go way back together. I knew Ian when we were kids growing up. He and I were in Sea Cadets together and were part of the Swiftsure marching band. We shared a common interest in music and dance bands and we worked together at Smith Carter Partners – Architects and Engineers (Brandon office) from 1975 to 1979.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families today as you struggle with your grief.

    Murray and Elly Bateman

    Jesus Comforts His Disciples
    14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. 2) In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4) You know the way to the place where I am going.”

    Jesus the Way to the Father
    5) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 )Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7) If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” John 14: 1-7

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  19. Janice Campbell Meadows :

    Sharon, So sorry to read of your husband’s passing. You will have many memories of happy times together – cherish them and keep them close to your heart.
    Janice (Campbell) Meadows – former grade 1 student at King George School

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  20. Ron and Maxine Hay :

    Sharon, Shauna and Heidi
    Maxine and I want to express to you our deepest sympathy at the loss of Ian, your husband and father. Over the years I got to know Ian as the parent of two great girls, husband of a colleague and professionally when he did some work for us . We will remember him for his warm sense of humor, his honesty , integrity and his real zest for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Ron and Maxine

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  21. Leanne MacKay :

    My deepest condolence to you Sharon and family.
    Your Ian was far too young and my heart goes out to all of you. My best to you and yours and know that Leanne MacKay, Lavender Lady, is praying for a smooth grieving process. It’s so hard to know what to say during this time but my dad used to say family is everything but friends are golden and it’s ok to reach out to them.
    Leanne

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  22. Robin and Helen Andrews. :

    Ian Bobiak.
    Helen and I were saddened to read of Ian’s death in the Brandon Sun. Our thoughts are with you at this time; but with happy memories of the days that we knew you when you lived in Brandon.
    From Robin and Helen Andrews.

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  23. Ken and Heather Moore :

    Dear Sharon and Family ,
    Sincere sympathy is sent to all of you as you mourn the loss of your loved one . May you find comfort in knowing that others are thinking of you with love and care . Sincerely , Ken and Heather Moore

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  24. Donna Shuttleworth :

    Sharon & Family,

    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Ian will live on in the lives of his precious Grandchildren.

    Dave & Donna Shuttleworth

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  25. Craig and Donna Gibbs :

    Good Morning Sharon: Our deepest condolences on Ian’s home going. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you on Sat. and on the coming days as you adjust to a whole new way of life. Our Lord will be your helper. We are so thankful for the time we spent with you and Ian lost |Oct. The Lord Bless you and give you strength.
    Christian Love
    Craig and Donna Gibbs

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  26. Helen Paterson :

    Sharon and family, I was so sorry to hear of Ian’s passing last week. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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  27. Bill & Lucille :

    Sharon, you know how badly we feel over your loss–and ours, too. Such wonderful memories we ‘ve been so fortunate to share! We will be able to smile forever thanks to the experiences he and Bill talked about over the years. We are so glad we got in that visit a few weeks ago.
    Lots of love and prayers for you from us.

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  28. Dear Sharon and Shauna and Heidi and families. Please accept our family’s condolences on the death of your husband, father and grandfather. I was greatly saddened reading about Ian in today’s paper and just had to rush to send our love and may God grant you peace in this time of sorrow. I give you a great big hug today Sharon knowing what you are going through. In Christian love, Mavis and families.

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  29. Lisa Andersen (Brown) :

    Shauna. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. It was always a treat to be able to walk over to your house for a visit. I so remember what a wonderful house that was.

    Lisa!

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  30. Greg & Sharon Sutherland :

    So sorry to hear of Ian’s passing. Or thoughts and prayers go out to Sharon, Heidi, and Shawna and their families. Ian was always a great guy with a desire to help everyone who needed anything. RIP Ian.

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  31. Greg & Sharon Sutherland :

    Dear Sharon Shawna and Heidi,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Ian was such a great guy he will be greatly missed by all of you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and your families.

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