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John Howard Dyck

July 21, 1943 - July 13, 2022


John was born in Carman, Manitoba to Henry and Catharina Dyck. John was the doted upon baby of the family, which included his two brothers Harry and Elmer, and three sisters, Luella, Kathleen, and Viola. In the last week of his life, John travelled to Manitoba to celebrate Harry’s 100th birthday and his family is so thankful that he was able to make the trip.

Upon graduating as a Civil Engineer in 1965, John moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, where he met the love of his life, Mary Stirling. They were married on March 28, 1967, and had three children, Kerry, Trevor, and Ryan. Together they built and have enjoyed a loving and close family, enjoying nothing more than when everyone would come together under their roof for holidays and celebrations. These were very good times.

John was an active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and the community. He was always the first to volunteer to help someone in need or take on a project. Shortly after his retirement, he volunteered to be the project manager to rebuild the Granite Pointe Golf Clubhouse after it was destroyed in a fire. John loved golf but he especially loved the opportunity to spend time with his golf buddies. He was unfailingly friendly, and was always happy to sit, chat, and share a laugh with anyone. In recent times, he greatly enjoyed playing bridge with friends at home and at the Nelson Seniors Center.

John was a devoted family man who was always game to help renovate a house, build a deck (or wall), fix a car, or pitch in with anything else that needed doing. He and Mary were often called upon to look after the grandkids, and they loved every minute. John’s boys were his pride and his grandkids his joy.

John was predeceased by his eldest son Kerry and is survived by his wife Mary, sons Trevor and Ryan, daughters-in-law Heather, Heidi, and Stacey, and grandchildren Kylee, Jaden, Megan, Alexis, Alison, Carter, Mason, and Chloe.

John’s death was sudden and unexpected. We are comforted that he lived a wonderful and full life here in Nelson, and that he is now in heaven with Kerry.


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From: Rick Crozier
Relation: He was a friend and co-worker

I was shocked and saddened to hear of John’s passing. We spent many years working together as managers with the Ministry of Environment.
John was always upbeat and I thought of him as a mentor a when I moved into the management role.
Our sons played hockey together so we spent many a morning at the hockey rink watching them play and practice.
John and Mary lived “up the hill from us” so we were neighbours as well and John and I often walked to work together.
I have so many fond memories of John and the family.
I know you all must be so sad but you were so fortunate to have a man like John as part of your lives.

From: Elaine ( Dyck) Owen
Relation: He was my Uncle.

Dearest Aunt Mary, Trevor and Ryan and families. Uncle John will always have a special place in my heart. His kind and encouraging words as well as his lovey hugs always made me feel special. His faith shone through everything he did. My deepest condolences in this sad time.

From: Maggie Dolan
Relation: Close friends with Mary and visited their home often.

I was so sad to hear of John passing in so sudden a manner. My thoughts are with Mary and all the family at this difficult time.

From: Kathleen Rempel
Relation: sister to John

Dearest Mary and family,
My thoughts and prayers go to you at this time. John has been a wonderful brother, uncle, father, and husband. We will miss him terribly. Please know that I am always here to chat and give you whatever support and comfort you need. Love you dearly. In Christ, Kathleen

From: Ray and Ann Renee Pettyjohn
Relation: Ray golfed with John. We were friends

Mary, we are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

From: Doreen Marks
Relation: First cousin

Dear Mary & family. I am so sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. My prayers & thoughts are with you. I was planning to call on his birthday. It has been such a blessing to have been able to spend time with you & John & your family these last 20+ years. May your precious memories of John comfort and sustain you all during this difficult time. May God Bless & keep you all. Doreen Marks & family.

From: Allan Zackodnik
Relation: A friend and coworker

John was a special friend.. We worked together in my early years as an engineer in training and he taught me many things that served me well over the35 years of my career. John was a patient man, never critical and always encouraging. I recall many of his sayings. “Any retaining wall over 2 feet in height should be engineered”. “ Allan, your truck rides like a lumber wagon. Does it even have springs?” “ How much fire wood will it carry”. Remember, if you use my wiring schematics that l’m not an electrical engineer”. John loved his work and spent a whole day of his weekend explaining his design of a dam spillway simply because I showed an interest; we had planned to go golfing. I will miss the man. A man of strong moral fibre. A man who loved his family. A dear friend. So sorry to learn of his passing. A great loss.

From: John Wiebe
Relation: Cousin

Mary and family; I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing and while you reflect on his journey through life here on earth, take solace in that he is now in heaven and re-united with Kerry. All those little chores you had set aside for him will have to wait. May God bless you and keep you. John Wiebe

From: Adele and Fred Owatz
Relation: Friends and Mary and I taught beside each other at RJ Davidson School, Regina.

Dear Mary and your wonderful supportive family, We knew each other and had several interactions with you and John over the years. During Covid while staying at Todd’s we were not able to visit but I did think of both of you in your new abode. It was always a happy catch up visit to see both of you and hear about the families of your sons. Very sadly, we both lost our precious sons and now unexpectedly John. I know you have great memories and so many happy times. May those keep you warm and comforting as you go through the days ahead. Visit anytime and if we should ever happen that way again we will call in. Love and hugs to all of you as you go through the days ahead.

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