We Remember


It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of John Didora at the age of 88 on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, with his family by his side.  Cherishing his memory are his wife Anne of 65 years of marriage; daughter Pat (Colin), grandchildren Ian (Jana), Jason (Kelly), Lindsay, Sarah Anne (and her mother, Lil), great granddaughter Adria, brother Peter (Nellie) and many more in-laws, nieces and nephews.

John was predeceased by his parents Sam and Lena, son Gordon and older brother Bill.

Like many other young people, Dad was called upon by the army in January of 1944 until his discharge in April of 1946.  He then helped his parents on the farm until starting his 35 year career in January 1947 with Canada Cement. On November 8, 1947, John married his beloved Anne and began his most important and proudest lifetime career as a family man.

John started as a labourer with Canada Cement, working his way up to supervisor and ending as a consultant.  His work took him and Anne to many Canadian locations, USA and South America before retiring to Kelowna. They made many friends in their travels, and they had many stories to share with all the family.  He enjoyed his retirement in his way by spending time with his family, either travelling to visit them or enjoying family visits in Kelowna. Dad always made sure he took any visitors around the Okanagan, showing them all the beautiful sights.  He enjoyed his grandchildren and was extremely proud of each of them.  Adria, his great granddaughter, brought a whole new light to his eyes with her visits to Kelowna.

John was also very involved with volunteering for the Legion honour guard and was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus member for many years.  He was a lifetime member for both organizations. He helped with pancake breakfasts, marching in parades, poppy campaigning, Bingo—you name it—if he was needed, he was there.  He also volunteered in the building of the Ukrainian Catholic church but later he transferred his membership to the Roman Catholic Church.  John was very devoted to everything in which he was involved.

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Bobyn for his wonderful care of John throughout the years; and thanks to Dr. Carlyle and the staff at Cottonwoods for their compassionate care, not only for John, but also for his family.  It was appreciated more than words can say.  We would also like to thank Teri for her care and support; it meant so much.

A Funeral Prayer Service will be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  Interment will take place at a later date in Manitoba.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.bc.ca or charity of your choice.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for DIDORA, John is scheduled for Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Alan Crossley says:

    I was fortunate that my brother married into the Didora family. Through Pat and Colin I was able to enjoy many years of fantastic family gatherings hosted by John and Anne and their families. Visits to the racetrack with John were always something to look forward to, and his wonderful dry wit and sense of humor provided additional entertainment on these occassions. Rest happily my friend, you deserve it.

  • Joan and Ralph Bddeley says:

    Dear Pat and family , although we did not meet your father he sounds like a fine man and a great loss, our sincere condolences. Joan and Ralph Baddeley.

  • Graham & Denyse Firlotte says:

    We met John & Anne during some of their visits to Pat & Colin’s home, and could see how much family meant to them. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Howard@Susie Masnyk says:

    Aunty Anne Pat and Family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always remember the time shared with uncle john and my father in canmore on our weekend visits,especially fishing at the creek or taking a ride through town to have a ice cream.Rest in piece uncle john.

  • Myron Masnyk says:

    Dear Anne, Pat and family;

    We extend to you, our heartfelt condolences.
    I remember “Johnny” since before your wedding in 1947.
    I’ve always liked him…including his sense of humour, his skill at making just the right bet and his generous hospitality.
    May his memory be eternal!

    Myron and Doris Ann Masnyk

  • Les & Tom Moore-Bunney says:

    Dear Anne,Pat& Family
    Our hearts go out to you in your time of grief.
    Please accept our sincere sympathies
    Les&Tom Moore-Bunney

  • patricia sawadsky says:

    Dear Mrs Didora, it is sad to learn of your husband’s death. Mr Didora and you were always so nice to meet up with and I missed your presence in our parish. A real gap for your church friends who recognize the willingly provided volunteer hours provided. Mr Didora has his Crown and is with his dear ones who went before. God rest his soul and comfort his loving family. Vichnaya Pam’yat. Patricia Sawadsky

  • Matthew Masnyk says:

    To Aunty Anne, Pat, and family. I’m sorry to have heard of the passing of Uncle John. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    I remember Uncle John always had really good stories to tell and a smile on his face every time I saw him. Love you all.

  • jean mclean says:

    pat,colin and family
    i dont think i ever actually met your dad but over the years in talking of him i understood him to be avery active person in all he did.what wonderful memories to leave.thinking of you all .jean

  • Ronda & John says:

    Johnnie & I met John during their stay in the hospital where they shared a room – and know they spent many hours together, also with Ann and Pat. Our two Johns were a bit of a team and I have very fond memories of the short time they were together.
    My sincere condolences to all the family, John, you have gone home now but we know you will continue to look after your loved ones here.

  • tony didora says:

    Love you all mom dad and uncle john

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