John (Ivan) Golebiowski of Calgary, passed away peacefully at Foothills Hospital on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2006 at the age of 86 years.
John was born in Konuchy, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine. He grew up with strong values of family, nationality, hard work and education. He carried these values through his life. Following his mothers character, John led by example and principle, overcoming the many challenges he faced in Ukraine, Europe and Canada. As patriarch to his large family in Ukraine and family in Canada, John maintained close contact with and supported many family members over the decades since coming to Canada. He especially enjoyed time with friends and family, whether working, playing cards or out in natural surroundings. A voracious reader, John loved fiction and non fiction. He used his bright intellect to follow current events in Canada and Ukraine closely until his recent hospitalization.
John is survived by Darka (Teodosia), his devoted wife of fifty-five years; children, Irene and her husband Scott Leyland of Rossland, BC., Walter Golebiowski and his wife Sharon of Calgary; grandchildren Orest, Mike and his wife Lynn, Laura and Steven; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Marissa and Taylor. John is also survived by his brother William Holubowsky of Kitchener, ON.and several cousins, nieces and nephews in Ukraine. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and a sister .
Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (729 – 6th Street N.E.) on Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church (729 – 6th Street N.E.) on Friday, May, 19, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Serhij Harahuc, Celebrant. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. John’s family would like to thank the home care staff for their attentive care these past months and Foothills Hospital staff for their excellent care these past few days. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Children of Chernobyl Canadian Fund, 2118 – A Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Toronto, ON., M6S 1M8.
In living memory of John Golebiowski, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences