It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the family of John Ossachuk announce his passing on Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at La Verendrye General Hospital.
Johnny was born in Fort Frances on July 9th, 1949 (the same year as Prince Charles), to George and Elva (Hendren) Ossachuk. He attended Robert Moore School. From a young lad, he always loved sports and would proudly proclaim that he “played for the Robert Moore Rams.” He attended and graduated Fort Frances High School, and then began his working career. He loved to tell people he was one of the Mighty Muskies (hockey team). He was employed by Dominion Fruit, and then the Boise paper mill. In 1979 he purchased a grocery store/ butcher shop in La Vallee - Johnny’s General Store, which he operated until 1987. He learned the “butchering” trade, and his motto was “You can whip our cream, but you can’t beat our meat.” He takes his famous sausage recipe with him! He was then employed by Tompkin’s Hardware, Emo, Causeway Pontiac Buick dealership, and Sunset Country Ford, as a sales representative until his retirement. He always said he worked for three great men in his lifetime - himself, Tony Beyak, and Darryl Burton.
He and Susan (Luchka) married on September 18th, 1976 and promised to have and to hold, to love and to cherish, ‘til death do us part.
He was pre-deceased by his father George, and mother-in-law Mary. Mourning his loss he leaves his mother Elva, his wife Susan, his daughter Kyleigh, his son George, and “Jim Bob” Armstrong (Ashleigh), whom he always referred to as his “other son”. Also left to grieve his loss are his brother in-law Jim (Janice) Luchka, his brother in law John Luchka, his favourite sister-in-law Peggy (Snooks) Armstrong, nieces Melissa (Brian), Laureen (Clint), Krista (Kyle), nephew Lex, and two great nieces; Collins and Abby.
What brought him the greatest joy was his two children Ky and George, and he was so proud of them - their academic achievements, their involvement in sports, and watching and guiding them to be the mature and responsible adults they have become.
Johnny had many hobbies and interests. He loved baseball and played the game on the pitcher’s mound.
He played hockey, and coached and managed teams in the Fort Frances Minor Hockey system.
He was involved over the years with the Borderland Stock Car Racing Association. He owned a stock car, worked as a member of the pit crew for the winning #38 team (Mike Andrusco and Ed Rea), worked as the fl ag man at the track, and was the “fi nancial advisor” for driver Danny Rea.
He loved animals, especially horses and dogs. He purchased Quarter Horses and showed them on the Manitoba Circuit. His proudest accomplishment was winning a championship with his two year old stallion “Johnny’s General.” He was blessed to have had the love and companionship of some special dogs through the years- Binky, Boss Hogg, Jerry Lee, and most recently his “grand animal” Colt.
He spent many hours with his father learning to hunt and fi sh like a “pro”, and he has passed this legacy on to both of his children. He derived enjoyment from just “driving the country roads,” spent hours doing this, and he knew them all.
His quick wit, incredible sense of humour and contagious laugh always served him well, whether he was buying something from you, selling something to you, or just giving you advice.
Almost from birth, Johnny was a Montreal Canadiens fan - and he took this responsibility very seriously. He was unwavering in his loyalty - he celebrated their triumphs - all 24 Stanley Cup wins - and agonized in their defeats. He counted as one of the highlights of his life skating on the ice at the Montreal Forum with Guy LaFleur. He was the ultimate die-hard Habs fan and he had the license plate to prove it.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Johnny’s life will be held at Sunny Cove Camp on Thursday, June 8th in the afternoon starting at 1 pm, with the service at 1:30pm. Rev. Diane Clifford will be offi ciating. Honourary Pallbearers will be Randy (Reggie) Cooke, Jack Munro, Keith Munro, Bill Adamson, Walter (Toonie) Turgeon, and Snooks Armstrong. Pallbearers will be Jim Bob Armstrong, David Taggart, Danny Rea, Trevor McKinnon, Dwayne Sinclair, and Wayne (Muff) Allen.
In lieu of other tributes, in memorium donations may be made to Fort Frances Friends of Animals, Box 404, 225 Scott Street, Fort Frances, ON P9A 1G8, email: Ladyluck_safehaven@live.ca
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever