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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

John Mervin Day

1949 - 2021

Lethbridge

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JOHN MERVIN DAY passed away on April 8, 2021 at the age of 71 years.

He was born to parents Ivan and Wilma Day and grew up on a family farm near Dand, Manitoba.  He won the 4-H Harrison Shield (4-H provincial public speaking championship for Manitoba) and was runner-up in the Manitoba provincial school system.  He attended Red River College in Winnipeg and became a Civil Engineering Technologist.  He then worked in Louisiana on rigs as a Mud Man.  In 1974 he married Sandra. They lived in Salvador, Brazil for two years where John worked on off-shore rigs and then came back to Canada to Brooks, Alberta.  John continued his oil patch work and later started his own business. His love of life was his sons and their families and he was always ready to advise or help if at all possible. One of the main highlights of raising the boys was the many hours playing ball with them, attending baseball games and doing some coaching.  He taught them to fish and hunt.  In 2017 he and Sandra moved to Lethbridge. He will be sadly missed by his loving family; Robert (Kelly), Michael (Kacey), Timothy (Jennifer). Grandchildren Chloe, Ruby, Nancy, Jocelyn, Lila, Daniel and Benjamin; brothers David (Claire), Garfield (Evelyn), sisters-in-law Carol Billan, Marion (gil) Raineault and all his nieces and nephews.

A Private Graveside will take place at the Royal View Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial Donation can be made to Alberta lung association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation

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Priscilla Petersen

May 2, 2021 12:06 PM

Dear Sandra, Robert, Michael ,Timothy and Family

It is with great sadness that we heard about John's passing. On the farm our families were neighbors.  I read with interest through Irma's One Tree News about your family.  Every time, to this day when  I drive to the farm, my eyes wander to your farm around the corner with remembrance of a good life.    I remember the hard work, John's involvement with the boys and the socializing  at sports events.  Our association, Sandra, through our employment at the Hort Center and events through life was special.  John will be remembered.  With heartfelt  sympathy.
Priscilla Petersen, Daryl, Bryan, Colin, Aaron and Families
Jacqueline Hajash
Joe Hajash, Ben and Jocelyn
Dianna Visser

 

Mary Rande

April 26, 2021 6:19 AM

Dearest Sandy & John & Family
We're probably one of the few friends who can claim knowing you in Salvador da Bahia!  we shared a lot of fun together and both of you have a great sense of humour but of course it's John I'm thinking of right now..  On the right hand side of my front door I have THAT wooden head which John bargained for 'somewhere' - he loved a bargain!  JC also returned with one as well, what, where, how and when but they both returned to us after a 'few' beers with one each.  Through the years we've always kept in touch and I've watched your three fine sons grow & have their families - GIRLS! - so proud of you all.  Your dignity was impressive & thank you so much dearest Sandy for sending me the link so I could share in  the farewell to John who lives on in all our hearts our hearts.  SAUDADE John  - Rest in Peace
Mary & Jean Claude - with love xx xx
PS for the curious ones I can take a photo of 'that' wooden head!  

Alana & Vern Alvis & Family Airdrie, AB.

April 20, 2021 7:11 PM

To John's Family,
Sending our condolences and hugs your way. Sorry to hear of John's passing - may your memories help you through this difficult time. When we moved to Brooks in 1976 - John and Sandra were some of the first folks me met sharing the Manitoba ties. Over the years when we would meet we would share Manitoba news. Take care.

Murray & Shirley Brown

April 15, 2021 12:20 PM

Our sincere condolences to John’s family, in Alberta and Manitoba. May the good memories keep you “warm” as you say goodbye. In his younger years John briefly worked on our farm near Regent, Manitoba. He was an easy-going, fun guy who made us laugh every day with his stories. Rest In Peace John. You’ve earned your rest.

Gerald Whetter

April 13, 2021 10:09 AM

I trust you are enjoying good memories of John. When he was in his youth his laugh was so infectious and he was full of fun. On top of that he had a creative mind in nature and was able to encourage others like myself to crawl with him on our stomachs at 4:30 in the morning during hunting season to find ourselves in the midst of thousands of quacking ducks. That experience and others were awesome and enjoyable to me. Thank you, John!

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