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John Halek

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April 26, 1951- February 19, 2024

It is with immense sadness we announce the unexpected passing of John on Feb. 19, 2024 at the age of 72. He is survived by his sister, Leslie Young and brother-in-law, Brad and is pre-deceased by his parents, Anna and Jozef Halek. 

Born and raised in Winnipeg he relocated to Ottawa in the late 80’s and spent most of his life there until November 2021 when he moved back to Winnipeg.  

John enjoyed his Harley Davidson motorcycles and recently joined the Winnipeg Hog Chapter 9024. He loved art, travel, reading, playing and listening to music and pursued various hobbies such as photography, archery, and philosophy. He loved to explore other cultures trying to learn Russian and Japanese. He was a true renaissance man! Underneath his tough exterior he was very caring and loving to his family and friends. He was a wonderful brother and a great friend to all of us. He will be sadly missed forever especially by his sister. 

There will be a memorial service at 1:30pm on Friday, April 5, 2024 at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road (Unitarian Church).

In lieu of flowers, we ask those to make a contribution to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

John's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 -

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Francine Blanchette

May 25, 2024 at 1:56 PM

I just found out about John's passing!

when I didn't hear anything from John on my birthday I thought he had forgotten but when I tried to reach him on his birthday I knew there was something wrong!

John and I were a couple for a few years and when things didn't work out, we remained very close friends! We called each other on a regular basis to be updated on each other! I've known John for at least 25 years and I will miss our chats! May you rest in peace Honey! I will miss you! ❤️❤️😘😘


May 10, 2024 at 4:41 PM

My friend John is suddenly gone.  We were friends for over 3o years and I will miss him greatly.  I could always count on John for an honest opinion, even when I did not agree with it,  He always sprinkled it with some lighthearted humour.  John was multi=faceted in his many endeavours - endowed with the ability to learn and to teach himself so many skills.  With this ability he learned how to play the saxophone, became an archer and a photographer, learned how to do his own renovations, and to repair his beloved motorcycles.

In some ways he was a 'loner', but was nevertheless always seeking the 'perfect' relationship... because, at his core, he was a romantic.  Unfortunately, such an enduring relationship eluded him during his lifetime.

He had recently moved back to Winnipeg and was focused on his new home and being close to his sister, who was his last remaining family.  It makes me very sad that he was not able to enjoy many more years of peace and happiness working at the many things he was so good at.


May 10, 2024 at 4:08 PM

Omg I just heard of John's passing.  I worked with John (Johnny) for many years at Customs.  I loved his come backs.  He was always full of wit and he will be truly missed.  He always called me Lynnie.  Although I haven't seen him for awhile he will be truly missed.


May 9, 2024 at 8:50 PM

At the end of life what really matters is not what we bought but what we built, not what we got but what we shared, not our competence but our character and not our success but our significance . I believe John lived a life that certainly mattered. Always giving of himself to his friends with a thoughtful act or a kind word . You will be missed my friend.

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