January 20, 1946-Montreal, QB
June 11, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Updated 06/21/13 6:00pm – Services will proceed as scheduled below:
John Adam Pichnej, beloved husband of Margaret Pichnej (nee Kearns) and first wife Lois Pichnej (nee Halbert) passed away peacefully at the Tom Baker Centre in Calgary on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
John was born in Montreal on January 20, 1946 to Patricia and Adam Pichnej. After graduating from Sir George Williams in Montreal as a Civil Engineer, he furthered his education in Ann Arbor, Michigan earning a Masters Degree in Construction Management. He moved his family to Calgary in 1977 to join Fluor Canada. He spent over thirty-four years at Fluor as a Project Manager, Project Engineer and Project Control Team Leader for various heavy oil, conventional oil, energy, chemical, mining, and petrochemical projects and holds a life time membership with APPEGA. He was highly respected in his field and mentored many individuals along the path of his career. As a Project Manager, John worked on projects in eastern Canada and the USA, before he had the opportunity to take an assignment in Melbourne, Australia. This assignment also offered him and Margaret the opportunity to visit with family and friends in Australia, as well as explore this amazing country. He enjoyed numerous camping and hiking trips with family and friends over the years, and John’s love of the great outdoors was reflected through his extensive art collection. He was also an avid boat, motor bike and exotic car enthusiast. A later in life treat to himself was his 911 Carrera S Porsche.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Pichnej, brother Gregory Pichnej (Joanne) of New Castle, Ontario; children Michael John Pichnej (Elke), Christine Patricia Markin (Tyson); step daughters Alison Danielle Hilderman (Steven) and Paige Elise Hilderman and grandchildren.
John is predeceased by his parents Adam and Patricia Pichnej and first wife Lois Pichnej (nee Halbert).
A special thank you is sent to the nursing staff and doctors of Unit 47 at the Tom Baker Centre for their loving care and support.
A Celebration of John’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. with reception to follow. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Unit 47 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial. Please dress in colorful attire- Hawaiian shirts are preferred. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of John Pichnej, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences