John William Karwacki
September 7, 1946 - December 23, 2016
Celebration of Life
Knox United Church
Saturday January 7, 2017
It is with heavy hearts the family of Johnny “K” announce his
passing on December 23, 2016, with his wife Sherry by his side
at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
John is survived by his soulmate and best friend Sherry, whom
he loved very dearly. John is also survived by his son Jon Paul
Karwacki (Jess), stepson Jim Hanstead (Karen), grandchildren
Jacob and Andrew, and stepson Colton Kennedy. He is also
survived by his brother Peter (Cheryl) of Ottawa, nephews Peter
John and Jean Pierre; brother-in-law Scott Coffey (Karen) of
Dryden, nieces Corinne (Ryan), Kaytie (Taylor) and nephew
Derek (Tiffany) and mother in law Delores Jewett.
John is predeceased by his parents Constance and John
Karwacki, his sister Patricia Karwacki, and his first wife
Margaret Karwacki (mother to Jon Paul Karwacki and Jim
Hanstead) and father in law Keith Jewett.
John worked for the C.P.R. for twenty two years (1973 - 1995)
where he made many strong friendships. After retiring from the
railroad, he worked at Northern Sounds and Systems for a
number of years, then 89.5 the Lake. He was a natural salesman
and would announce anything without a script, with ease. John
had loyalty and a strong work ethic towards any business he
worked for. He was involved in many local organizations and
charities and hosted the Miracle Marathon for a number of
years. His most recognizable trait was his voice.
John was the PA man, the entertainer, the organizer, the planner
and the one to take care of everyone’s needs because that was
what he was about. John had the ability to connect with people.
He formed many deep friendships from far and wide and you
know who you are.
He loved music in every way; both listening to it and playing it
for others. And he simply loved to drum with his bandmates
from Satan and the Dmen as well as other bands he was
involved with over the years. Another hobby was building and
flying remote control aircraft. His latest passion was restoring
MGB’s and driving them; he had little previous mechanical
experience, but John read, researched and consulted to figure it
out, and he did, completing two full restores and nearly
completing one more.
John was a brilliant and talented man who was full of ideas all
the time in everything he did. Johnny “K” loved spending time
on the Lake of the Woods exploring, fishing, and taking in the
nature around him. John loved anything British. We often teased
him about being born in the wrong country. Lastly, but certainly
not least, John was a loyal Green Bay Packers fan! Rarely, did
John and Sherry miss a Sunday game.
Above all, John was a homebody who enjoyed every minute of
every day spent with his wife Sherry. In John’s own words “for
my sons, Jon, Jim and Colton....I love and I’m proud of your
accomplishments. Try to always be true, honest and caring to
your fellow people in life.”
He will be missed and forever remembered by numerous family,
friends and fans.
A Celebration of life will be held for John on Saturday, January
7, 2017, at the Knox United Church in Kenora at 2:00 p.m.
In Lieu of flowers and if so desired donations may be made to
It’s a Dogs Life, Box 291, Keewatin, Ontario P0X 1C0
Rest in Peace Johnny “K”, we will all miss you