John Jim Kugyelka


With great sadness, the family of John Kugyelka, 84, formerly of Breton, AB, now of Sidney, BC, announces his passing on June 17, 2018 at the Palliative Care Unit, Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

Born to George and Juliana Kugyelka (nee Besze) in Tilley, AB, John moved to the Breton area in 1940. He grew up in a time when resources were scarce, and learned early to work hard, be strong and resourceful. He faced a number of health challenges in his life, which he met with courage and dignity, and without compliant. “Not too bad today, I’ll feel better tomorrow”.

Wed to Elizabeth on June 21, 1958, they remained on their farm near Breton until 2015. A life-long steward of the land, John was a successful farmer, and also worked as a battery operator for Canada City Service, meat cutter at Max and Max Meats in Warburg, school bus driver for 30 years, pedigreed seed grower and seed distributor for Hanna’s Seeds. He could do business with a handshake. He had a gentle wit, a kind heart, and could fix most anything. He gladly and generously shared his knowledge and experience, and always stepped up to help a friend or neighbor when needed. He loved a good game of cribbage, and is still working to get that 29 hand.

John joined Breton BPO Elks Lodge #402 in 1956 as a charter member and remained a member until his passing. He took great pride in the fellowship and community service this organization provides. He could see God’s miracles in the seeds and the soil and the animals all around him, and was a member of the United Church for 60 years.

John will be sadly and lovingly missed by his wife Elizabeth (ne Vidok), children, Sandra (Dan), Douglas (Stacey) and Janet (Kevin), his grandson David, step-grandchildren, Ian and Farleigh, sister Helen, many nieces, nephews, in-laws and a host of friends. Predeceased by his father and mother, brothers, Louis, George and Steve, and sister Margaret.

Graveside Service will be held at the Breton Cemetery at 4 p.m. on Saturday June 23, with an informal gathering to follow at the Breton RV park.

For those who so desire, memorial contributions in John’s honor may be made to the The Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children, through the Breton Elks, or mail to Suite 100 2629-29th Ave, Regina, SK, S4S 2N9 or by visiting:

John’s life is one of integrity and respect. He did his best. “Take care of each other”.

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Breton Cemetery

1 mile East on Highway 616
Breton, AB

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Sid and Aly Postma

Our sincere condolences to Elizabeth and family.
May God help you in this time of mourning.
Your Breton neighbors,
The Postma family

Keith and Betty Blize

So sorry to hear about John’s passing!! We had many outings with John through the elks. Waited on him many times at the IDA, he would always come in to buy his Western 649!! He was always a kind man and will be greatly missed!! Our deepest condolences to Liz and family!!!

Terri and Will Woytkiw

Liz, Sandra, Doug and Janet and families:
We are very sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. He earned the respect of his community in so many ways. Our families have had many connections over the years, and has always been richer for them. May the many good memories you have give you comfort and peace.
Terri and Will

Clarke Wing

Very sad to hear of John’s passing. He was well respected in our community and did so much for our community. John was honest and caring. Always willing to help anyone. He will be truly missed. To Liz,Sandra,Douglas,Janet, and your families,our deepest sympathies and sincere condolences from our family. Clarke.

Wendy Nelson

Johnny was part of all our lives growing up from being a good friend of my parents to driving us to school everyday. He was so good with all us kids and had tons of patience. Many fond memories from the end of the year school bus parties at Modest creek to having to sing a song to get our Halloween treats. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to Liz and his children.

Paula Martin (Meinczinger)

Johnny, the perfect neighbor. Remember so many times he reached out to lend a hand, or give advice. A strong supporter of community activity’s! Loved the plays he did at Funnell! RIP

Gale (Fenneman) Reed

Condolences to John’s family. I always thought John to be a very nice man and I know both of my parents respected him a great deal. RIP John.

Vivienne Gildenstern

My condolence to Kugyelka family. His great work is displayed in his lovely children. ( Sandra,Douglas and Janet). His legacy will live on in them. They have learned compassion,caring and kindness through the hard work of their Dad and Mom . Vivienne nee Scott

Pat Jackson

I knew John for most of my life as we both lived and grew up in the Funnell area near Breton, Alberta. John was small in stature but had a big heart and was one of the first to step up to help friends and neighbors if there was a need. He will be missed by many.

Lisa Kaban

It is with great sadness to hear the loss of our dear Uncle Johnny. He was such a great man, small in stature but big in heart, spirit and work ethic. He was a man of his word and delivered on his promise every time.

His late sister/brother-in-law loved spending time out at the farm with Auntie and Uncle enjoying dinners, walks around the farm, playing crib and just enjoying each others company.

Steven and I have so many fond memories (our families included), and we will cherish them in our hearts forever.

Roy and Janet

Our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth and family,
John was a very well respected fellow in our community
Sincerest sympathy ,
Roy and Janet Young

Joanne Nelson

I was very saddened to hear the news about Johnny , he was an exceptional man and my boys loved him as their bus driver . Condolences to you all and from my dad as I’m with him right now ❤️

Yvonne & Danny Westlin

Our whole family is saddened to hear about John’s passing. He was a good neighbour and friend and loved by all the kids that rode on his bus including Jonas and Nolan. Our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and family. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

Sincerely, the Westlin / Klespitz families

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