Antoniak, John Peter

Published: 
Monday, March 14, 2005

The family of Mr. John Peter "Jack" Antoniak, age 77 years, are sad to announce his passing on Sunday, March 13, 2005 in the T.B.R.H.S.C. following a brief illness. His wife Betty and 4 children were by his side during his final days. Jack was born in Fort William on September 14, 1927. He worked as a Train Dispatcher with the C.N.R. in Thunder Bay for 23 years. His love of the Thunder Bay area resulted in him leaving the CNR in order to remain here. He and Betty then went into business together as the owner/operators of Mr. Print for 35 years, retiring October 1, 2004 on the 35th anniversary of opening the shop. Jack was an active community volunteer as a member of Port Arthur Lodge #499 for over 50 years, a Past District Deputy Grand Master of Algoma District, Past President of the Port Arthur Rotary Club, a member of St. Paul's United Church since 1951, a member of the Shebandowan Campers Association, a Director on the board of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, and he proudly served on the Advisory Board to Save Quetico Park, located in a part of Northwestern Ontario near to where he was raised as a child, Keego. Jack had the rare opportunity to be educated on a school car which allowed him to enjoy his childhood fishing and reading, two of his favourite pastimes. Jack was a generous and contented man who embraced each day. He was especially happy at his camp on Lake Shebandowan enjoying a pickeral dinner with visitors. He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by Betty, his wife of nearly 55 years, three sons: Lindsay (Dianne) of Winnipeg, Kevin (Rita) of Fort Smith, N.W.T. , and Dr. Gregory (Beth) of Ottawa; daughter Jane Antoniak (Murray Mackey) of London, Ont. , nine grandchildren: Martin and Ginette Antoniak of Thunder Bay, Rachelle Antoniak of Winnipeg, Elise, Jeffrey and Kristen Antoniak of Ottawa and Thomas, Julia and Kevin Mackey of London, Ont. ; sisters June Yarwood of Dundas, Ont. and Phyllis Gardiner of Victoria B.C. , aunt Sonja Purves of Yorkton, Sask. as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Leona Antoniak and two brothers-in-law William Yarwood and Reginald Gardiner. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of the life of Jack Antoniak will be held on Thursday, March 17th at 2:00 p.m. in St. Paul's United Church, Waverley Street. A private interment of cremains will take place at a later date in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation for friends will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street where the members of Port Arthur Lodge #499 will hold their service of tribute beginning at 7:30 p.m. As expressions of sympathy memorials to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com. "What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen. "Robertson Davies

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