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JOHN HECTOR BAIN
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Hector Bain after a battle with Lewy Body dementia. With family and friends by his side, John passed away at the age of 79.
Left to cherish his memory are his children Cathie (Ryan); son Michael, as well as many family members and a great number of dear friends. John was predeceased by his wife Geri and his parents Hector and Phyllis Bain.
John grew up in Winnipeg and spent his younger years playing hockey, football and staying active in many different activities. At 18 years old, John followed in his fathers’ footsteps and joined the Winnipeg Police Service in 1961. He served in several Divisions and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. One of his highlights was his time spent in Vice fighting the drug scene. John proudly served with the Winnipeg Police Service for almost 30 Years. During his time on the force he spent countless hours with many that he was proud to call lifelong friends. After retiring in 1990, it didn’t take John long to decide a life of leisure was not for him and decided on a second career in Security and surveillance with Manitoba Lotteries. During his time with lotteries, he worked at Crystal Casino and Club Regent where he made more lifelong friends, and created more memories.
During the many years of his career, John and Geri had the retirement dream of leaving the cold behind and moving to British Columbia, spending winters in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and summers at their cottage on Lake of the woods. In 2004, this dream came true. John’s retirement bucket list was simple; travel, enjoy time with family & friends, enjoy drinks on the deck, see the New England Patriots play and live his best life. He managed to check off all of his boxes and more.
John and Geri spent many wonderful summers at the family cottage on Lake of the Woods. The cottage was his most cherished possession. When he wasn’t there, he was looking forward to being there. It was where many projects were planned and accomplished. Where sunrise coffees started his day, drinks with family and friends filled his day and soaking in sunsets finished his day. When winter came, the only ice was in his drink. He loved to travel and saw many fabulous destinations. It was fun to travel with him through his stories. But it was Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that had a special place in his heart and blessed him with friendships very dear to him.
All who knew dad, knew he had a big heart. He touched many lives and was the life of the party. Dad always had a one liner at the ready, and could tell a story like no one else. He seemed to know people where ever he went and always made time for a chat, even if he didn’t. To dad, a stranger was a friend he hadn’t met yet. His life was blessed with so many life long friends and many that became like family.
The next time you raise a glass, please think of our dad, your friend and his life well lived.
In keeping with our dads wishes, cremation has taken place. His family will be organizing a celebration of his life, the date will be announced at a later date.
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