PREIDT, John (Johann) 1933 - 2013 Born in Draas (Transylvania), Romania, he was the son of Johann Preidt and Katharina Markus; both parents were born in Draas, then part of Hungary. After the Second World War, at the age of 17, John found himself living as a displaced person in Austria. He was able to immigrate to Canada, where he worked on the largest fruit farm in New Brunswick. He moved to Kitchener, Ont., where many of his townspeople were living, then to Lethbridge and then worked as a mechanic in Gunnar, in the far north of Saskatchewan. In 1983 he moved to Castor, Alberta and to Edmonton in 1988. He lived in Edmonton for 5 years and 20 years in Victoria. In Castor, John joined the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and remained very active with the Elks for the rest of his life. For many years, he organized Victoria Elks as Marshals of the Victoria Day and Santa Claus parades. John enjoyed: Victoria, his walks on the Gorge, his garden, Gorge-Tillicum Urban Farmers, the Big Blue and Cousins Computer Club, his position on the board of the Juan de Fuca Seniors Centre, yoga, and weaving his rag rugs at home. John is survived by his partner, Chris Tomaschuk; sister, Kathy Ables in Kansas; sons, Danny and David, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of John's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 19th, 2014 at the Juan de Fuca Seniors Centre, 1767 Island Highway, Building 3.
Published in The Times Colonist from Jan. 10 to Jan. 12, 2014