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KUCHERAWY, Jack Theodore

KUCHERAWY, Jack Theodore
February 19, 1935 – Sifton, Manitoba
January 29, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Jack loved to travel and he departed on his final journey to his eternal home on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at the age of 79 years after a difficult struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Jack Theodore was born on February 19, 1935, the youngest child of Michael and Annie (nee Lulashnyk) in the Sifton, Manitoba area. He grew up and attended school in Sifton until Grade 12, which he studied in Meunster, SK. He completed his BA form the University of Western Ontario in 1957 and his BEd from the University of Manitoba in 1967. Jack also spent time in Quebec and Tours, France where he attended French language summer schools.

Jack and Marilyn (nee Chisholm) were married on July 8, 1967 and started their married life in Killarney, Manitoba. For the school year 1968-1969 they moved to Plessisville, QC where he taught English as a second language to French speaking high school students. On returning to Killarney, Jack and Marilyn organized many fund raising projects with his Grade 12 French students. He did this for two different years so that he could take the class for a week to Quebec to experience the language and culture. In the summer of 1975 he was selected by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation to travel to Bangkok, Thailand for two months to teach English as a second language to Thai school teachers. Over the course of his life, Jack became fluent in five languages.

After twenty-two years of teaching high school French in various places in Manitoba and sitting on committees at the local and provincial levels of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, he moved his family to Calgary in 1979 where he attended S.A.I.T. for a year and earned his Canadian Institute of Travel Consultants Certificate.

Jack fulfilled his dreams of travel by visiting Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and numerous sites in North and South America until his retirement in 2000 from the AMA main office.

Jack was devoted to his family, his faith and was an advocate for youth development. He was involved with the Navy League of Canada as his children moved through the ranks of NLCC Captain Jackson and RCSCC Undaunted Corps. He volunteered innumerable hours at the local, provincial and national levels of the organization. He was recognized for his untiring service by receiving The Queen’s 50th Jubilee Medal in 2003.

In his retirement, he was honoured to be asked to join the committee to establish Juno Beach Academy, once again volunteering many hours before and after its reality.

Jack is survived by his supportive wife of 47 years, Marilyn; his daughter Andrea (her partner Lana); his son Trevor (Melissa) and his precious granddaughter Naya. He is also survived by his sister Stella Locker; six nieces, two nephews and their families. He will forever be remembered as the perfect gentleman! He was predeceased by his father Michael (1957), his mother Annie (1971), his brother Walter (1944) and sisters Mary Burak (2004) and Pauline Ganczar (1992).

Jack was truly fortunate to spend his last months in the caring, understanding and gentle hands of the staff at Bethany Harvest Hills.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church (835 Northmount Drive N.W.) on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. A private family Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made to Bethany Harvest Hills, 19 Harvest Gold Manor N.E., Calgary, AB, T3K 4Y1.

“On se reverra”
(We will see each other again)

In living memory of Jack Kucherawy, 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.

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  1. Dear Marilyn and family,
    I am very sad to read of Jack’s passing. I enjoyed working with Jack at AMA and one of my fondest memories of him was his smile and the twinkle in his eyes! He was always willing to help us and never a negative word. He truly was a gentleman! I hope all your wonderful memories of him will help you through this most difficult time. Blessings, Laura Miller

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  2. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family at this difficult time.

    Jean Taylor R.N.

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  3. Jamie & Barbara Sorenson/Waters :

    Marilyn, Trevor/Melissa/Naya, Andrea/Lana,
    Please accept our condolences on the passing of a loving Husband, Father , Grandfather, Brother ,Uncle and so many other family titles only someone of Jack’s stature could amass. He will be missed.
    Know we love you, and have you in our prayers.
    Jamie & Barbara

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  4. Bernadette Stogryn :

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    With Sympathy and Love,
    Bernadette

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  5. Anita & Chuck Von :

    Our sincerest condolences on your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Marilyn, Trevor and family.

    With Sympathy,
    Anita & Chuck Von

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  6. Bob & Barb Produniuk :

    Sorry to hear of cousin Jack passing. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

    With sympathy,
    Bob and Barb Produniuk

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  7. Gloria & Eric Adams :

    Sincere condolences to Marilyn and Family. Jack was a Mentor and a Friend and his gentle spirit and guidance will be forever missed. May he rest easy in eternal peace after his long struggle. God bless you all.

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  8. Doug & Chris Bourne :

    Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of a true gentleman.

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  9. Our Deepest Sympathy Andrea & Family, may your Father Rest in Peace

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  10. Morris & Betty Lesyk :

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Jack. I recall Jack truly being a trooper as he walked his 3(?) miles to school in Sifton in all sorts of weather. As he walked passed our house, I would join him for the last mile. As he was 5 years older than me, he would make sure I didn’t get suck in snowbanks that formed from the howling north wind as it blew across Kowalyk’s open field.

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  11. Dwight MacAulay :

    My sincere condolences to Jack’s family. He was my French teacher ( I think it was grade 10) in Killarney, Manitoba and always struck me as someone who had a very keen sense of humor which I’m sure endeared him to his students throughout his teaching career.
    Some teachers seem to leave a lasting impression on their students — and Jack Kucherawy was certainly one of them.
    My deepest sympathy.
    Dwight MacAulay

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  12. Please accept my sincere condolences! Take care of each other at this difficult time. He was a dear friend to my husband Lorne in Killarney and I remember our lovely visit with you both, Marilyn in Calgary. He will be missed! Jane Hoag

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  13. Ed and Trudy Spohr :

    Marilyn, Andrea and Trevor, Trudy and I send our most sincere condolences on the loss of such a wonderful, caring and dedicated man. Jack will always be remembered as a true champion for the Navy League and Sea Cadets in the Calgary and Alberta regions. Working with Jack for all those years was a true pleasure for those of us privileged enough to have had that opportunity. Personally, I will always remember it as the best years of my time involved in the organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult days as are so many in the Naval Community.

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  14. Joan Wilson Main :

    Mr.Kucherawy was my French teacher in Grandview, Manitoba, around 1965. I remember him as quiet and unassuming. I regret we were not very well behaved, as none of us thought the study of French was necessary. Poor guy! I did become a teacher, however!
    Condolences to his family. He was truly a lovely man.

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  15. Ron and Joanna Howard :

    My sincere condolences on the loss of Jack. I was a founding member with Jack for the Juno Beach Academy of Canadian Studies and I know it was very close to his heart. Board meetings were always fun and beneficial when Jack was there. Let’s hope we can keep the school going.

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  16. Deanna Locker :

    Aunt Marilyn, Andrea & Lana, Trevor, Melissa & Naya,

    I have been blessed to have an Uncle with great dignity and respect for others. He was one to help others at a moments notice. I have been spoiled by his generosity and comforted by his presence or gestures during times of sorrow. May God bless him and grant him eternal peace.

    With love & sympathy,
    Deanna Locker

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  17. My sincere condolences to you and your family, Marilyn;

    Although personally I had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with you and Jack only on a few occasions, my wife Sharon worked with Jack at AMA Travel on a daily basis for a number of years.
    She often referred to Jack and told me what a pleasant, sincere gentleman and very professional travel representative he was.

    My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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  18. Jeannette Golletz :

    So sorry to hear about Mr. Kucherawy’s passing. He was my French teacher in Grandview. I still remember the oral French drills with which he started his classes. I had the opportunity to visit with him at the last Grandview Town Reunion. Former students were lined up wanting to talk to him. He was very well liked. Your comment about Mr. Kucherawry being a ‘perfect gentleman’ certainly describes him well.

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  19. Heather Burdeyney :

    On behalf of the Society for Canadian Studies & Youth Enrichment, formerly the Friends of Juno Beach, we send our sincere condolences. Jack was a volunteer that truly cared about the causes he supported. Our gratitude in sharing him with SCSYE and FJBAS for so very many hours and the support you gave him to do so.

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  20. With deepest sympathy to Marilyn, Andrea and Trevor. Jack was the kindest man, loyal friend and role model for so many. We will cherish his memory. With warmest love. From Stuart, Jane, Audrey, Amy, and Lauren Palmer from Macao SAR, China

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  21. Sabrina Sorenson :

    Marilyn, Trevor/Melissa/Naya, Andrea/Lana,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you during this time.

    Sabrina, Wyatt and Tay.

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  22. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with your family, stay strong for each other and remember he will always be with you guys..

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  23. Peter Kowalyk :

    Marilyn and family
    Very saddened to hear the loss of Jack.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Take care and treasure the memories.
    Nice to have visited a few years ago.
    Peter & Nellie Kowalyk, Roblin, Manitoba

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  24. Margaret Caparini :

    Dear Marilyn and family,
    I was deeply sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. Please accept our condolences on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and friend.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Margaret and family.

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  25. Audrey Palmer :

    So sorry to hear about Jack, my sincere condolences to all the family. It was a great pleasure knowing Jack, He had such a droll sense of humour is how I will remember him.

    Audrey Palmer

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  26. Deep felt condolences on your loss. I worked with Jack and shared rooms with him on our business trips and he was a wonderful human being. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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  27. Martha Pentlichuk :

    Jack was my high school French teacher in Grandview MB. in the early 60’s. I remember him with fondness and am so sorry to hear of his passing. His life was well lived, now may he rest in peace.

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  28. joan hrncirik :

    Sincere condolences to you and your family for your loss. I never knew your husband but Joanne kept me informed regarding his battle with Alzheimers disease. We mourn because we love. Happy Memories to you.
    Joan

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  29. I have just heard about Jack’s death. I will never forget the way he helped me when I first arrived in Calgary. Without his guidance and support I would never have got my first job at AMA, he was great fun to work with and had a huge influence on me. I think he helped make me a nicer person! He was a great man and one that will be missed a great deal by everyone that knew him. I am so sorry. Love Alison in Oman.

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