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JOHN BUKATA (published on May 23, 2009)

JOHN BUKATA Suddenly and tragically, John was taken from us, May 19, 2009 on his drive to work at the Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehension High School. He leaves behind the two loves of his life, his ladies, wife Dawn and daughter Lauren. John was born in Welland, Ontario and grew up in Port Colborne. He left to attend Queens University, the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. He delighted in having majored in the unusual combination of Science, Math and Drama. John graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education. He began his teaching career at Sandy Bay First Nations where he met Dawn. They were married two years later, going on to spend five wonderful years in the Yukon and then two in Saskatchewan where their daughter Lauren was born. John loved to laugh, but was the gentle giant just as likely to shed a tear. He had numerous interests and hobbies, and enjoyed sharing these with Dawn and Lauren, his true loves. Music, photography, Evil level Sudoku, computers and technology and travelling were just a few, as well as a passion for roller coasters, which he shared with Lauren, the self confirmed coaster-freaks. He was so unbelievably proud of Lauren, who had grown wings and moved to Toronto to study Fashion Design. John was looking forward to retirement in a year, to having time to continue his many renovation projects, and to having Dawn retire so that they could move to Ontario to be closer to Lauren and to be able to visit their special spot, Niagara Falls, more often. The new path through life will be very difficult without him. John was predeceased by his father Bill, his father-in-law, Murven Walker and his good friend Austin Bartlett. He is survived by his mother Lucy, his brother Mike and his sister-in law Marsha and their three sons, Mark, Mitchell and Matthew, and their wives and children. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Doreen Walker, Dawn's sister Cheryl Walker-Esbaugh, her husband Danny McMurphy and their son Cole. Thank you to Constable Cliff Owens, the staff of Seven Oaks Hospital and Susan Hamilton of the Medical Examiner's Office for their kindness and compassion, and a very special thank you to the two women who have stood by Dawn and Lauren every step of the way, Susan Partridge and Sandy McLennan. A celebration of John's life will take place in Ontario at a later date. Donations in his memory or sympathy can be made to the John Bukata Memorial Mathematics Scholarship in care of Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive High School, 221 Mercy St., Selkirk, Manitoba, R1A 2C8. For online condolences or to light a memorial candle please log onto MOSAIC FUNERAL CREMATION AND CEMETERY SERVICES 1839 Inkster Blvd. 275-5555

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