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MLACAK, John George
At home on Friday, 19 September 2014, age 78 years. Husband of Beth (née Donovan) for 53 years; father of Bill (Joanna), Wendy (David), Kirsten (Yvan) and Siobhan; grandfather of Sophia and Helena; Julie and Jessica; brother of Mike (Jan), Willy (Faye), Kay (the late Andy), and predeceased by Joe (Tilly). Friends are invited to a Celebration of John's life at the John G. Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata, on Saturday, 27 September 2014, from 6 to 9 pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Sep. 22, 2014.
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November 17, 2014
Dear Beth, My heart is saddened by the news of John's death. He was a fine man, a great help to CPF and someone who I remember with great fondness. Leading a CPF long term strategy session, he introduced me to some phrases that now seem commonplace: unpacking assumptions and iterations of a plan are two that stick in my mind. My genuine sympathies go to you, Bill, Kristen, and Siobhan.
Pat Webster
October 26, 2014
I was out of the country and just returned and learned of John's passing. He was a most remarkable man, intelligent, witty, talented and so kind and generous. His memory will carry on forever in our hearts and, of course, through his artwork. My heartfelt condolences to Beth and the family.
sandy woods
October 7, 2014
I am so saddened by John's passing. I remember him as a friendly, gentle and kind man. He was also generous in encouragement for my art work, for which I will always be very appreciative. I am fortunate to be able to enjoy his painting. Beth my thoughts are with you and your family. Heartfelt condolences.
Judith Moser
October 5, 2014
Helen Harker
October 2, 2014
I met John when Beth and I and other crazy French Immersion fools were starting up Canadian Parents for French back in the late 70s and early 80s. He was a gentle, talented and thoughtful man who supported us in our dreams both by his words and his paintings which he often offered for CPF fund-raising initiatives. My sincere thoughts are with Beth and the family as they honour and remember a fine and decent man.
Stewart Goodings
September 29, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with John on some joint Nepean/Kanata issues. A fine gentleman who was a pleasure to know. My sincere condolences to his family.
Merv Beckstead
September 28, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with John on occasion at Nortel. My sympathy to his family.
Nancy Hollington
September 27, 2014
I met John soon after I came to live and work in Canada and quickly came to admire him professionally and as a human being. He was skilled, sensible and articulate, a wonderful combination. For a time we had adjacent offices at Bell Northern Research and every day John was a source of reason and calm in a perpetual hotbed of activity. Later he amazed me with his new career as an artist, which he pursued with his trademark focus and success. Whatever the circumstances John was always willing to step up and contribute, and I was grateful to have the chance to work with him more one more time in support of the Nortel pensioners.

They don't make people like John very often. We will all miss him.
Tony Marsh
September 27, 2014
Dear Beth and Family,
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Murphy
September 27, 2014
John was that special kind of friend - the one that you don't see for a while but the relationship picks up where it left off as if time had stood still. This man shared his most intimate experiences willingly. When I returned to BNR from my exhausting Nortel US experience, John was in the neighbouring office in the admin building and restored my mental well-being. It was there that I learned the fine art of "Mlacaking"-very large paper, very large scissors, very large table, incredible and influential results! I looked forwarded to teaming up with you again -just ask around for "Stefco".
Steve Malcolm
September 27, 2014
Beth, we are so sorry to hear about John's passing. John was a man of great empathy, ability and industry. John made us most welcome when we came to Canada just over 20 years ago. We loved his sense, his art, but most of all we loved him as a great person and we will surely miss him.
David & Elizabeth
September 26, 2014
Sending my most heartfelt condolences. Wishing you all the love and support during this difficult time. Much love,
Monique Nadeau
September 26, 2014
Dear Beth and Family, I am so sorry about John's sudden death. I am so grateful for the generosity of spirit and friendship that you bestowed upon me over these many year. John will always be present in my home in the form of his beautiful art work. Dear Beth, I send you my love and condolences.
Joanne Jasper
September 25, 2014
John's acute intellect, wisdom, marvellous talents, quiet humour, and deep sense of truth were among the many gifts he tirelessly gave to his beloved community in the original Kanata. A magnificent man. Despite serious illness in later years he persevered, like the big strong machine he was, to stay as long as he could. Beth, you were a wonderful team. The hearts in our family go out to you and yours.
Gail White
September 25, 2014
Beth, I was sorry to hear that John had passed. I remember talking to John at numerous art sales. I'll miss him.
Donna Wiegand
September 25, 2014
Rest in Peace John. You were a big part of our CPF family. Your memory will live on with us.
Lorna Dysart
September 24, 2014
Beth, we were sadden to hear of the loss of Mr Mlacak. Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family from all of us at the hardware store. He will be sadly missed.
Marc and Serafina Trudel
September 24, 2014
Beth and family: I have so many special memories of times we enjoyed together over many years.Your special friendship will always be with me and my family also. Sincere condolences, and love.
Elaine Eagles
September 24, 2014
Rest in Peace, Mr. Mlacak. You'll be missed, so much. A most caring, conscientious, intelligent, funny, gracious man. Much love to you & yours. Thanks for being there. --Wayne & family
Wayne Eagles
September 23, 2014
I was truly saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a respected colleague for many years and his wisdom, knowledge and contribution to BNR, the company we all loved, was incalculable. I will miss many things about John but most of all I will miss his friendship. To Beth and the family I share your deep loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ramses Girgis
Ramses Girgis
September 23, 2014
So sorry for your loss......a quiet well respected man. I remember him from my BNR days in Ottawa.
Bob Dodd
September 23, 2014
Beth & family, so sorry to hear of John's passing. You & John have been good friends to our family for a long long time. John has been part of my best story ever (The Barn) He will be missed.
Ken & Marcia Maxwell
September 22, 2014
Dear Beth and family
Deeply saddened to hear of John's passing. I have fond memories of our BNR/Nortel days together in the old admin building. John was a thinker, a planner, a synthesizer, stitching together ideas for future developments. His dedication and contribution to Nortel's success and growth was remarkable. A calm and methodical person, with a good sense of humour. A great guy. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Alex and Jeanne
Alex Vennos
September 22, 2014
Bill and Family,

I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Jodee Boucher Redmond
September 22, 2014
Thank you for all you did for the community. May you now rest in peace.
Ian White
September 22, 2014
Dear Beth and family,

May you find it comforting to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.


Gary & Sandy
September 22, 2014
We are very sorry for your family's loss. You and John both meant so much to our family as we settled into the Kanata community. Thank you.
Mike, Michèle and Tom Bedford
September 22, 2014
Beth and family - We were so sorry to hear of John's passing, we enjoyed his wit and sense of humor and so proud of his dedication to public service. As long time residents of old Kanata, we were blessed to have known such a great man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your children but know that your memories and his legacy will comfort you in the coming days.
Betty, Kathie, Karen and Tim Reece
Betty Reece
September 22, 2014
Beth and Family, Very sad to hear of John's passing. He will be missed. Our sincere condolences,
Sandra & Mike Goldthorp
September 22, 2014
Dear Beth and family ... my sincere sympathy to you for your loss. I will certainly miss John's dry sense of humor during his weekly visit at Scotiabank. It certainly was a pleasure to have met and dealt with John over the years and my thoughts are with all of you at this very sad time. Any memories you have of him will help you through each day. Cherish those and share with your loved ones ... he will always be in your hearts and will be your guardian angel looking over all of you. Take care and God Bless.
Kathy McCrea
September 22, 2014
John was a valuable mentor in my days as recreation director for March Township. I'm a better person for having known him.
My condolences Beth and your family.
pierre tessier
September 22, 2014
I was very sorry to hear this news on Friday. I didn't know John as well as many others, but it was obvious after our first visit that he was a kind, intelligent, thoughtful, principled, and passionate person. These traits are evident in all the important aspects of his life - his family and friends, his work, and of course, his painting. My condolences to Beth, Kirsten, Siobhan, Bill, and Wendy, as well as the rest of John's family and friends.
Allen Hicks
September 22, 2014
Will miss you John, thoughts and prayers to you Beth and your family,
Neighbours, Marc and Ellen
Marc & Ellen Nadeau
September 22, 2014
So sorry to hear of John's passing, we at Koyman Galleries will miss him! I enjoyed working with John over the last many years, and it was always a pleasure to help him with framing his lovely artwork. My condolences to Beth and the family.
Cheryl Schneider
September 22, 2014
Peg and I send our serious regrets. You anf family are in our prayers daily. JOHN was a sooper person, talented, gifted and humble person and my best ftriend.
love Walt and Peg
walter leszczyszyn
September 22, 2014
I very fortunate to have known John. The world could use more of him. Ted Duncan
September 22, 2014
Dear Beth and Family,
My heart feels your sadness.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
with deepest sympathy ,
Kathy Turner
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