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Born: Dec 24, 1929

Date of Passing: Aug 10, 2022

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December 24, 1929 – August 10, 2022

The extraordinary life of John (Johnny) Bestelechman has come to a peaceful end with his passing on August 10, 2022.
John was born in Fork River, Manitoba on Dec 24, 1929. Boisterous, loud, and always full of life, John was the ultimate "Jack of all Trades" guy. There was nothing he could not build, jerry-rig, or repair. His green thumb is legendary.
John was predeceased by his wife, Ann (married 51 years); son Stephen; parents William and Anna; brother Walter; as well as sisters, Olga, Leona, Jean, and Julie. John is survived by his sons, Ted, Ricky, and David (Brenda-Lee); daughter Debbie (Grant); grandchildren, Thomas (Amanda), Kevin, Troy, Stephen, and Lavina; great-grandson Brayden; sister Vonda (Ron); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
In memory of John, try a new vegetable.
Cremation and a private family service will be held at a future date.

Simple Cremation & Life Celebrations
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 13, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Family of John Bestelechman, I am sure I am a total stranger to you all, but I do have fond memories of Johnny from my childhood years in Fork River (mid 1940's to mid 1950's). He would always have a huge welcoming smile on his face whenever I came into the family shop / business just up the road from our house. I came there often as I was always fascinated by the things that were going on there. Often it was with a problem with my old bike that needed a quick weld or with a few pieces of scrap iron I managed to find and wanted to trade for perhaps the price of an ice cream cone or a pop! Johnny always fixed my problems and made me feel welcome and happy! He never disappointed and I remember him for those things and his kindness to me! My sincerest condolences! Don Harrison Calgary / Airdrie, Alberta - Posted by: Don Harrison (Friend) on: Aug 14, 2022

  • Hi My condolences to David and his family on the passing of Mr. Bestelechman and for Mrs. Bestelechman as I didn’t know she previously passed as well. Mr. Bestelechman sounded like a wonderful person full of life and zest. David and I knew each other through the Unitarian church until I heard of his marriage. I always wanted to say hi and that he is doing well! Sincerely, Always a friend Sharilee Ahoff - Posted by: Sharilee Ahoff (Friend to David ) on: Aug 14, 2022

  • John Bestelechman was my Uncle - big brother to my Mom Jean Dudych. Uncle Johnny was the life of every family party ♥️. He loved to have fun especially when he was with his sisters.....and such a prankster! He had such a close connection with all of his sister's. Jeannie and Julie (the twins) would have belly aches and tears from laughing so hard with their big brother! He made everyone happy......this is what I remember the most. Rest in Peace Uncle Johnny. You will never be forgotten ❤️ - Posted by: Dee Dudych (Uncle) on: Aug 14, 2022

  • My late husband and I were neighbours of John and Ted for 20 years. He would do anything for anybody. He loved his family very much. Ted and Stephen and the rest of the family, know now your Dad is resting in peace. The world is a better for having him in it. My deepest condolences Elaine Smith - Posted by: Elaine Smith¹ (Friend and former neighbour) on: Aug 13, 2022

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