BODNAR, Jack J (Gido)
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August 13, 1921 - February 21, 2013
Passed away on February 21 at the age of 91 years. Survived by his loving wife Mary of 62 years; three sons, James (Monique), Gary (Nancy), Richard (Kristin); much adored granddaughters Jillian and Janice, who were the light of his life; brothers Steve and Walter; sister Jenny; sisters-in-law Rose and Jean, and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Alex and Maria Bodnar, brothers Ted, Bill, Phillip, sister Lena, and long- time best friend Bob Patrick. Jack was born and raised in the District of Glendon, Alberta, where he attended school and helped on the family farm along with his siblings. In 1942 he came to New Westminster, B.C. to work on the Port Mann Railroad, and later obtained work at the Alaska Pine Lumber Company. During World War II Jack was sent overseas and served with the Army Occupational Forces. In the winter of 1945 he did guard duty at the Nuremberg War Trials in Germany. He returned to New Westminster and went back to his previous job at the mill (now called Rayonier Lumber Co.) where he worked as a relief Foreman and lumber grader. Jack married in 1950 and later moved to Burnaby, B.C., where he lived for 62 years, working hard and raising his family. He stayed with the same lumber company for 44 years until his retirement in 1986. During his retirement he enjoyed taking the Greyhound Bus with his brother Steve to Edmonton, where most of his family reside. At home he enjoyed working in the backyard, where he often sat and relaxed in the sunshine hoping a neighbor might come by for a chat. Jack had a heart of gold and a gentle manner, always ready to lend a helping hand. Greatly loved, admired, and respected by all who knew him; he will be sadly missed and remembered always. There will be no service by his request. A family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Mar. 10, 2013