Bodnar, John

It is with sadness the family of John Bodnar announces his sudden passing on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
John was born May 10, 1946 to Joseph and Dominia Bodnar in St Boniface, Man. His family moved to Ontario and resettled in Roddick Township in 1951.
John graduated from Fort Frances High School and attended college in Sault Ste. Marie. He began his career in drafting in Scarborough, Ont., then in 1972 returned to Fort Frances with his wife, Edith, and settled in Alberton Township.
It is here that they raised their four sons.
John became employed with the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Co. as a draftsman and remained through the many changes of the company until his retirement in 2004 as a maintenance planner.
He enjoyed the company of many great friends made while working at the mill.
John was active in the Alberton community, serving as a councillor from 1981-85 and as reeve from 1986-91, helping to celebrate Alberton’s 100th anniversary.
John took great pride in any project he undertook—from designing and building houses to fixing machinery. He always gave it his best.
John enjoyed the peace and quiet of country living and farmed until 2013, when he reluctantly sold his cattle.
Fishing and hunting with his brothers and four sons were memories he cherished. For many years, he looked forward to the yearly goose-hunting trips to Eston, Sask., where he and brother, Paul, had made lifelong friends.
John later enjoyed taking his young grandchildren for many golf cart rides to search for golf balls and watch the trains.
John always maintained his strong Ukrainian upbringing, instilling in his own family the cultural traditions he felt important. Family was very important to John and he was very proud of his four sons, their partners, and his grandchildren.
John will be sadly missed by his wife, Edith (nee Hammond); his sons, Karl (Karla) of Fort Mc Murray, Alta., Mark (Celia) of Ottawa, Ont., Chris (Kendra) of Fort Frances, Ont. and Darryl (Cara Lee) of Airdrie, Alta.; and by nine wonderful grandchildren, Kai, Kiril, Kieran, Evelyn, Tannis, Bronson, Lincoln, Asher, and Jack.
He also is survived by his brothers, Mike (Lillian), William (Doreen), Edward, and Miron, all of Fort Frances, Ont., and Norman (Lecia) of Thunder Bay, Ont.; sisters, Annie Cain (Raymond) of Kingston, Ont., Olga Dawkins (Leon) of Fort Frances, Ont., Evelyn Myers (Frank) of Fort Frances, Ont., and Eleanor Johanson (Steve) of Thunder Bay, Ont.
Also surviving are his brothers-in-law, Michael Hammond, Allan Hammond (Jan), Rick Hammond (Tyra), and William Hammond (Karen); and sisters-in-law, Lisa Pitkanen (Dave) and Cheryl Bodnar.
John will be fondly remembered by numerous nieces and nephews.
John was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Dominia Bodnar; brother, Paul; in-laws, Donald and Gladys Hammond; sister-in-law, Helen Bodnar; brother-in-law, Dwayne Dawkins; sister-in-law, Rowena Hammond; nephews, Dennis and Brian Cain; and niece, Patty Caruk.
As per John’s wishes, no service will be held. Cremation has taken place.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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