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JOHN PAUL BLANCHETTE (published on January 16, 2010)

JOHN PAUL BLANCHETTE It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, papa and brother on January 9, 2010 at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 78. John was born in 1931 and grew up in St. Boniface. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Blanche and brother Dennis. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his wife Joyce of 56 years, his children Diane (Doug), Joan (Bob) and Fred (Bonnie) and grandchildren: Michelle, Daniel, Andrew, Amanda, Jackie, Paul, and Luke as well as siblings, Ray (Betty), Denise (Walter), Robert and Jeannine (Edward) and many nieces and nephews. During John's life he had a wide variety of jobs but for the longest period was a successful self-employed design draftsman. John's passions were reading, antique cars, aircraft, art, travel and in his final years playing pool with his buddies . He loved the many road trips the family took through Canada and the US visiting both his and Joyce's families and attending auto and aircraft shows. John was a charter member and past president of the Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club and stayed active in the club throughout his life. His love of antique cars brought about a position as an accomplished judge with the Antique Automobile Club of America. He was also a member and volunteer of the Western Canadian Aviation Museum. Heartfelt thanks go out to all of the staff at HSCGA4 Ward for their compassionate care and support. A celebration of John's life will be held on Saturday, January 23, at 1:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal Inc., 3030 Notre Dame Ave. (across from Brookside Cemetery). If you so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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