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John Potorieko

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On December 8, 2020 @ 3:25 pm In Obituaries | 13 Comments

1938 ~ 2020

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, Gigi and great gigi John Potorieko on Friday December 4, 2020 at the age of 82.

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years Irene; daughters Debbie Bryk, Doreen Brown, Cynthia (Bill) Witherspoon, Kimberley (Bert) DeBruijn and son John Michael jr. (Tanya) Potorieko; grandchildren David (Eryn) Kowalchuk, Dana (Ryan) Heroux, Brittany (Steve) Buchak, Stacey (Neil) Regula, Brendan (Sarah) Bryk, Cody (Kandyce) Bryk, Shemaine Potorieko, Chloe Potorieko and Dmytro Potorieko; as well as 11 great grandchildren

John was predeceased by his parents Dmytro and Katie, brothers Walter, Mike Potorieko and Sister Mary Prychak; sons-in-law Richard Bryk and Robert Brown; and great grandson David Buchak in infancy.

John was born in Invermay, Saskatchewan on September 2 , 1938 in a barn located on the family farm. He attended the local school and grew up working on the family farm where he met and married the love of his life Irene, they were married on August 2nd, 1958 in the very same barn where he was born.

In the early years of their marriage they moved to Winnipeg where he began his career as a Mechanic at Canadian Tire, working his way up to service Manager.

John was a family man and loved spending time with them, taking many trips in the RV, hunting and fishing.  He loved old cars and spent time restoring a 1955 Chevy Belair as well as a 1947 Pontiac. He never missed a Hockey, Ringette, Football or Baseball game where he would watch his grandchildren play. Many winters were spent saddling up the horses for the family sleigh rides, snowmobiling, and camping.

John was laid to rest at a private family interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Tyndall. We look forward to celebrating his life with everyone once we are able to gather.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Cardiac Unit at St. Boniface Hospital.


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Condolence from Sherry strassel/Kokolsky on December 8th, 2020 6:19 pm

I am a friend of the family who grew up with Kim. Mr P always made me feel welcome in their home. Always made me laugh and usually blush too. I always had a great time with them. A great family. Hugs and prayers to you all. XO

Condolence from Betty Anne Yarych on December 8th, 2020 6:53 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers .Lots of love Richard and Betty-Anne Yarych

Condolence from Joy Stodgell on December 8th, 2020 7:02 pm

My heartfelt condolences to the family who has lost a kind, caring man.
Joy Stodgell

Condolence from Gloria Maximuik on December 8th, 2020 8:52 pm

My Condolences to Irene, Kim, Deb, Dorreen, Cindy and John. He was a great man he will be missed. God Bless you all.

Condolence from Dougie on December 9th, 2020 2:32 am

Dear Auntie Irene, Deb, Doreen, Cindy, Kim and John Micheal. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love Uncle John so much… we feel your grief… he will always be remembered.

Condolence from Alvin and zenda Rueckert on December 9th, 2020 9:18 am

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathies to all the family.

Condolence from Dexter Shewchuk on December 9th, 2020 10:14 am

Deepest sympathy from Dexter and Darlene Shewchuk, and families. Carrie and Scott Wilson and family, Tifanie and Bryan Possberg, and family. Lindsey Shewchuk and family, Dustin and Janella Shewchuk and family.

Condolence from Joe & Dolores Gozda on December 9th, 2020 11:06 am

Our sincere condolences to Irene and family for their loss of a very loving husband and father and GiGi. He always had a friendly welcome and smile when we’d meet.

Joe and Dolores

Condolence from Roger and Sylvia Mroz on December 9th, 2020 11:39 pm

Thoughts and prayers to Irene and all her family on your Dad’s passing, he was a very friendly person, known him since the hockey games at the Beausejour Arena. May he rest peacefully.

Condolence from Roy and Sharon Naurocki on December 10th, 2020 4:40 pm

Our sincere condolences to all the Potorieko family on the loss of John. I always enjoyed our talks when he stopped for corn in his vintage cars. We always had plenty to talk about and he always mentioned his family . Kim, Roy and I are so sorry for the loss of your dad, and Irene, the loss of your dear husband. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Alicia Kalyniuk-Topor & Richard Topor on December 13th, 2020 11:27 am

Dear Irene & family. We have been your friends since you came into Winnipeg so many years ago. My Dad was godfather to one of the girls. Helen & I babysat occasionally for you when your family was young. Your Dad will be missed by all very much. May God open his Heavenly Arms & welcome John into Heaven & may your Dad Rest In Peace. Vichnya Pamyat

Condolence from Antonio Aluotto on December 13th, 2020 2:35 pm

My parents and I offer our deepest condolences to Irene and all the whole family. John was a great man. We will all cherish his memories.

Vincenzo Aluotto and Family

Condolence from Karen Hlady on January 16th, 2021 2:51 am

Our sincere condolences to John’s family at this sad time. We are so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories of him.
Memory Eternal
Karen and Ken Hlady

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