John was born in Nestow, Alberta and passed away peacefully in Edmonton, Alberta.
Over the years, John had his own trucking business “Stadnyk Oil Distributors Ltd.”, however upon retiring from the trucking business, he drove tour bus for “Brewster Transportation Ltd.”.
John had a great love for music. He started music lessons in 1947 and soon after, formed his own band playing for dances. Many will remember his band named “The Rhythm Air’s”, playing on many occasions. He could have played his electronic computerized accordion as a one man band, but he preferred the company of a guitar player doing vocals along with a trumpet or sax player. What unforgettable music they played.
One of his funniest stories ever told, was about dragging his accordion across a snow crusted field, in order to play for a dance and not for very much money, a way back then. The “Kimberly International Old Time Accordion Championship’s”, always presented great excitement for John. He loved the competition and more so showing his winning trophies. John’s “Memorable Life Story”, which was written for his 90th Birthday included all of his Certificates, as well as stories of his many accordion’s, car’s, truck’s and motorhome’s.
John is survived by his loving wife Joyce, sister Pauline Vaillant, Stadnyk sisters in law Cassie, Germaine, and Betty. Many caring nieces and nephews. The Wilson In-Laws and their families, Iris (Clem Scherger), Eian (Dorothy), and Ira (Diane). He was predeceased by his late wife Evelyn, his parents Nykola and Ksenka, brothers and sisters Bill (Josie), Peter (Evelyn), Jim, Ann, Mary (Walter), Mike, Nick, Alex, Jenny (Rolly).
John’s family are most grateful for the wonderful care provided by the Miller Crossing and Dickinsfield care facilities.
At John’s request no Service will be held at this time.