John Holowach, beloved husband of Irene Holowach of Saskatoon, SK passed away at St. Paul’s Hospital on April 30, 2019 at the age of 93 years. He was the loving father of Karl Holowach (Frances) of Penticton, B.C., Terry Holowach (Suzanne) of Saskatoon, SK and Shirley-Anne Ellert (Lorne) of Cultus Lake, B.C. He will also be dearly missed by his 8 grandchildren: Kara (Ben), Kalen (Amber), Jeremy (Michelle), Jason (Courtney), Leanne (Ty), April (Brenden), Marley (Arden), Amy (Marcus), and 6 great grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by: his unofficial adoptees John Baldwin, Debbie Black and Adam Samson. John was predeceased by his father, Karl, mother Mary, siblings, Mary, Vera, Ruby and Bill. John was born and raised on the family homestead east of Sonningdale, SK. Times were tough on the prairies during the 30’s but they set the stage for his resilient character. He dropped out of school early to join the war effort, and rode the rails to Ontario to sign up. Since he was too young to enlist, they put him to work on the farms in the areas around the training camps. He caught the adventurous bug in Ontario, and from there went all the way to the west coast in search of it. Since farm boys had a reputation as hard workers, he found employment quickly. He worked as a carpenter building houses, a steel worker building bridges, and as a logger in the camps of north-coastal B.C. He married his sweetheart from Vancouver on December 20, 1952, then traded an adventurous lifestyle for his more natural entrepreneurial one. They bought a general store up in Dawson Creek, B.C., renovated it and sold it 2 years later. They bought another store, this time in the lower mainland of B.C., operated that for 2 years, sold that, and bought a farm in Langley, raising calves for the Vancouver veal market. This rekindled his desire to go back farming, so they traded that farm for one back in Saskatchewan, near the Ranger area. Never one to sit idle, he put his carpentry skills back to work, and build barns and houses around the area for extra income. After this far, it was time to get back into the store business. He bought and expanded the Penn General Store on the road up to Chitek Lake. It became a thriving little business with numerous side branches. One of those branches evolved into his most successful venture, Penn Logging Ltd. He was a log-supplying contractor for the Prince Albert Pulp mill for 14 years, employing over 60 local people, complete with its own fastball team, the Penn Loggers, to have some fun in the process. This lasted until his first retirement, short-lived, as they bought and operated an 18 room motel in Kerrobert for another 14 years, before finally settling down in Saskatoon, where he was kept busy renovating homes and building sheds for his family and friends. The family extends a special thanks to the staff of the St. Paul’s Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de John James Holowach 2019..
Décès pour la Ville: Saskatchewanatoon, Province: Saskatchewan