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JOHN C. POTTER Obituary pic


Born: Nov 03, 1927

Date of Passing: Jan 24, 2020

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November 3, 1927 - January 24, 2020

Dad passed away peacefully, at the Southeast Personal Care Home, at the age of 92 years.
Mom predeceased him on December 11, 2018.
He is survived by his five children, Dick (Gladys), Jeannet (Glen), Betty, John (Kathleen), Robert (Jennifer), six grandkids and five great-grandkids. Dad has one surviving brother Kees (Joan) and brother-in-law Ben.
Born in the Netherlands, dad lived in difficult times, he grew up during the depression and was 13 when the German forces invaded Holland. In 1948, he was conscripted into the Dutch Royal Marines in the Engineering Corps where he learned bricklaying as his trade, and was sent to Indonesia for a year.
He met mom before this, at a celebration of the end of Second World War. They corresponded and when dad returned from Indonesia, they planned their lives together. They decided to immigrate to Canada, so they were married in May of 1952, and arrived in Canada a few weeks later. Dad started out with construction jobs, mainly as a labourer and eventually became a foreman and finally bought the company.
In the meantime, mom and dad built their own home and raised five children together. They also bought and renovated their cottage and enjoyed several decades of fishing, barbecuing, boating, blueberry picking and watching their kids and grandkids enjoying the lake.
Dad also loved travelling and driving, going on many road trips to the States, returning to the Netherlands to visit relatives, and enjoyed reading.
Services will be held at Mary, Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge Drive on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
Thank you to the very caring staff at the Southeast Personal Care Home for all their concern and treatment of dad during his time there.

"We will miss you, dad!"

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to the Potter family. Mr.Potter was a great man, my Dad held the utmost respect for his partner. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Rhonda McFarlane (Kittle ) (Family Acquaintance ) on: Jan 31, 2020

  • Truly sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I know the pain of this. I will be thinking about you and your loss. - Posted by: Laurie Mckenzie-tann (Friend of Jeannet and Glen) on: Jan 28, 2020

  • Sorry to hear of John's death. He did many hours of work at Dominion Malting. He was always excellent to deal with in describing the job and completing the job to our satisfaction. He always had good employees to do the work. It was a pleasure to know him and Dick. My condolences to Dick and the rest of John's family. Sincerely, Bob Kenyon - Posted by: Robert Kenyon( Bob) (Friend) on: Jan 28, 2020

  • Mr Potter was a member at Winnipeg Construction as long as I can remember. He was at 290 Burrell most mornings to pick up plans and visit with his friends for coffee. A very nice man. RIP - Posted by: Kim Halipchuk (Co-worker) on: Jan 28, 2020

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