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.”
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.