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Joe Ptashynski

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February 7, 1943 – April 28, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Joseph Ptashynski, age 81, on Sunday April 28, 2024 at St. Boniface Hospital. 

He will be lovingly missed by his wife Shirley of 57 years. He also leaves to mourn his son Darryl; estranged daughter Melanie; special pet Ninja; his nieces, Sharon (Rick), Nancy (George), Lori (Don), Charmaine (Tom), and Sandy. Joe was predeceased by his mother Anastasia; father James; sisters, Stella and Jenny; as well as niece Debbie.

Also left to cherish his memory are his sister-in-law Donna (Rod); brother-in-law Ken (Debbie); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. 

During the last few years of life, Joe faced many health challenges but maintained his love for life and positive attitude.

Joe attended Manitoba Teachers’ College, then completed his B.A. at the U of W. and his B. Ed at the U of M. He worked as a teaching principal at school in Eddystone, Sandy Hook and Springfield. Joe moved to Arthur Day Junior High when it opened, then after 12 years graduated to Murdoch McKay Collegiate as an English and History teacher/department head.

During his time in Transcona Springfield, Joe was on the Executive Committee for 2 years and served as a council rep for over 2 decades. He curled in the TSTCA for 33 years and also served on their Annual Golf Tournament Committee. The highlight of his career was receiving a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the U of M thanks to the nomination by one of his students, Andrea Ilchyna LaBelle.

Joe retired in 1999 and he and Shirley enjoyed many years of travelling and just enjoying life.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Ireshia Edirickrama and staff at the Concordia Hospital for their excellent, compassionate care. Also a big thank you to Dr. A. Leylek and his nurse Jennifer Fisher Cote at Cancer Care Manitoba.

As per Joe’s request, there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre at 730 Century St B, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0M1, or the charity of your choice.

Joe’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.


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Al & Andrea Doty

May 13, 2024 at 1:54 PM

Hi Shirley

Our condolences to you and the family on the passing of Joe. It was always a pleasure to see him when he dropped into the office, whether visiting with you or being our #1 courier service ☺️

Al & I are thinking of you.

Karen Stebeleski ( former student)

May 12, 2024 at 5:35 PM

Darryl, so sorry to hear, I have fond memories of your dad as one of my teachers, may he rest in peace


May 9, 2024 at 4:01 PM

Condolences to the family.  I taught with Joe at Arthur Day and Murdoch and recall those times with fondness. Rest in peace, Joe

Jake and Erin

May 9, 2024 at 3:44 PM

“Baba” Shirley, I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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