John Dippong

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DIPPONG, John
John passed away peacefully at the Bethany Cochrane on December 26th at the age of 91.
John emigrated to Canada after WWII to build a new life, landing initially in Victoria in 1951
where he worked for the CPR. The following year he relocated to Calgary to pursue an
opportunity to work in his trained profession as a tailor. It was here that he met the love of
his life, Agatha, with whom he would share his next 63 years. They married in 1954 and had
two children, Sylvia and John.
As a journeyman tailor, John's old-world training, expertise and work ethic was in high
demand in Calgary's nascent clothing trade. He was given his start in business by Cecil
Shenin at Westmount Manufacturing and quickly established himself as an invaluable
partner. John took over the operation in 1965, re-branding it as Sunny South Garments. He
and Agatha built the business together until their early retirement in 1980 when they moved
to Kelowna.
John was truly in his element in the Okanagan, growing grapes and fruit trees reminiscent
of his childhood home in Yugoslavia. But as idyllic as Kelowna was, the gravitational pull of
family proved stronger, and in 1991 he and Agatha returned to the Calgary area to enjoy more
time with their first grandchild, Kelan - finally settling in Cochrane in 2006.
John was a steadfast and loyal husband, father and friend. He will be remembered fondly
and missed fiercely by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Agatha, daughter Sylvia
(and her husband Derrick), son John (and his wife Zsuzsi) and grandchildren Kelan, Teya
and Dexter.
We wish to express our deep gratitude to the physicians, nurses and support staff at the
Bethany Cochrane, for the excellent and compassionate care John received there.
A celebration of John's life will be held at the Bethel United Reformed Church of Calgary,
730 - 101 Street SW, on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 1p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Bethany Cochrane.
Condolences may be left for the family at
www.cochranecountryfuneralhome.com
Cochrane Country Funeral Home 403-932-1039.
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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Dec. 28, 2017