John Albert Turchinski

September 5, 1929 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

John Turchinski Obituary

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we announce the passing of John Turchinski at the Minnedosa Hospital on March 2, 2024. John passed away with family members at his side.

John was born on September 5, 1929 in Minnedosa and raised on the family farm located in the R.M. of Clanwilliam. His parents were Clifford and Anne.  He had a sister Rosie. He found a passion for farming at a very young age.

He met Jean early in life, fell in love, and on October 24, 1950 got married in Polonia. They had a brief stint working in Toronto where John worked for CP/CN Express. With the true passion of farming in his blood, they returned and purchased the family farm. They were blessed with two children, Craig (born 1955) and Darcy (born 1963). They ran a small dairy operation and grain/hay farm. John was one of the hardest working men that any of us knew. John worked in various logging camps, hauling logs out of the bush with teams of horses, bought and sold fish and delivered to customers for extra income. John and Art Kingdon started their own carpentry business and called it J&A Industries. They had the reputation for repairing the roofs of buildings others refused to work on, due to the extreme peaks. While working on the opposite sides of a roof, they would be tied together by a rope to ensure each other’s safety.  They worked side by side for many years as friends and business partners until Art’s passing. At that moment John decided to hang up his carpenter belt.

John always made time to enjoy the smaller things in life like playing cards with their neighbours and was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He took pride working side by side with his love of life in their amazing garden. Wow for potatoes! Sunday was their unwind day. Being a devoted Roman Catholic, they never missed a Sunday mass and volunteered their time at the Polonia hall and Erickson church. John always enjoyed attending the rural community dances and he and Jean would dance their troubles away.

In the fall of 1999, John and Jean decided to retire from farming and move their house to Minnedosa. This was another new adventure for them. Even though John wasn’t farming anymore he still enjoyed driving the country side checking everyone’s grain and hay crops. John was never afraid to share his opinion to his fellow retirees at the local coffee shop. Retirement didn’t stop him from lending a hand on the family farm and sharing his knowledge.

This was the time of John’s life where he got to enjoy spending more time with family and friends. After they moved off the farm, John kept himself active with another beautiful garden and often could be seen splitting firewood. His door was always open for a quick visit to say hi or talk about the latest curling game.

After the passing of the love of his life, Jean, John was heartbroken but continued to be active. John found his way back to the family farm where he lived the remaining months of his life surrounded by family.

John is pre-deceased by his parents Clifford and Anne, sister Rosie and wife Jean.

John leaves behind sons Craig (Sandra) and Darcy (Cara-Leigh), grandchildren Shawn (Marni), Guy (Candace), Kyle, Bretta (Kurt) and great grandchildren Breanne, Ethan, Ryker, Khloe and Harper.

John will be sadly missed and forever in our hearts but it gives us closure that he is now reunited with Jean again.

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Prayer Service
March 11, 2024

7:00 PM
White's Funeral Chapel Minnedosa
34 3rd Avenue SW
Minnedosa, MB R0J 1H0

Funeral Mass
March 12, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church
58 Main Street
Erickson, MB R0J 0P0


Minnedosa Cemetery
141 2 Avenue Southeast
Minnedosa, MB R0J 1E0


Minnedosa Health Centre
Box 960, Minnedosa MB R0J 1E0


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