John Stadnyk


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.

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Dini Bottinga & Larry Dufresne

Months have elapsed since John’s passing; however he remains in those of us he touched. A Wonderful Uncle, Mentor, Musician and Friend to many; describe his legacy. John’s laughter, love for music and accordion, mental and physical toughness, and fortitude; continue to be missed.
Heartfelt Condolences to his loyal and steadfast partner, Joyce Wilson, who constantly remained by John’s side. Gratitude to the caring Doctors and Staff at the CapitalCare Dickinsfield Centre, for their exemplary care and assistance. ❤️

Mel Billings

I have just learned of John’s passing. My sincere condolences to his family. I first met John in 1985 when he drove bus for me at Brewster in Jasper. He became a good friend and unfortunately I had lost touch with him in recent years. He is the one that cultivated our interest in RV travel.
Rest in peace, my friend.

Réal Croteau

Yes I heard aboutJohn’s passing from Ira & Diane I am sorry about your loss. I should have responded sooner .I wish I would have known him more.
I still live in my house and try to keep busy, I also entertain at the hospital once in a while, when you come to B’ville, give me a call.

Margaret and Terry Miller

So sorry to hear about John’s passing. He will be missed by many, including those of us in the accordion world. He was a great musician and student!!

Janis Radtke & Family

Auntie Joyce we are so sorry to hear of Uncle John’s passing. May loving memories give you some comfort and peace in the coming days, weeks and months. Uncle John is now a member of God’s Heavenly Choir and shall be immersed in sweet music for eternity.

Rhonda Schilberg

Many people have wonderful memories of John and the great musician that he was. He brought joy to so many with his music. He was my Mom’s favourite and she would always ask me to put on his CD’s. It warms my heart knowing that he is up there in heaven playing music for her. RIP John. Hugs to you, Joyce.

Judy Palmer

Aunty Joyce,
So sorry to hear of Uncle Johns passing. Our thoughts are with you.
Remember our doors are always open for a visit from yourself…
The E. Duchesne family

Sonya Stasiuk

From the children of the late Sam Stasiuk, our sincere sympathy to you Joyce and the Stadnyk family on the passing of John. Dad shared many fond memories and stories of his cousin and the music they enjoyed playing.

Sandy and George Latka

Our condolences Joyce and to all the family. We have fond memories of times spent with you both. Loved his wry sense of humor. He will be missed.

Doris Piquette & Ernie Holubowich

We will remember John and his zest for life he was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed by all who knew him .He will be playing music in heaven with the Angels.Sending our love and condolences to the entire family at this difficult time.

Linda Stanton

Dear aunty Joyce, I’m so sorry for your loss;
I cherish every memory of happy visits with you and uncle John’s big personality. I always smile and see him in my mind’s eye when I hear tunes he used to play, and I remember how Dad loved jamming and laughing with him.
My thoughts are with you, and prayers for love, comfort and support to surround you. Love, Linda

Sonya Stasiuk

Dear Joyce and Stadnyk Family – from the children of the late Sam Stasiuk please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of John. We knew John well through great stories Dad shared and especially their enjoyment of playing music together. May the music always play on.

Ed and Elsie Nedbaluk

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, the Stadnyk and Stasiuk families.
Ed and Elsie

Harry and Mary Toporowski

We wish to express our condolences to Joyce-his wife sister-Pauline her children and families re- Johns passing .
John leaves behind a tribute of music that will always be a reminder of the jovial man he was. very entertaining .
With the accordion in still mode now
May he rest in peace .

Bryan & Viv Pearce

Dear Joyce;
So sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
We have fond memories of times spent with Uncle John. We’ll always remember his big smile as we laughed and sang together
“Old McDonald Had a Farm” (in Ukrainian).

Play on Uncle John
Rest in Peace

Love: Bryan & Viv Pearce

Irene Stasiuk

My Deepest Sympathies to you Joyce & all the rest of John’s & your family. May John Rest in Peace, memories of the music he loved.

Irene Stasiuk

My Deepest Sympathies to you Joyce and rest of yours & John’s family. May he Rest in Peace, remember the music he loved.

Irene Stasiuk

My Deepest Sympathies to you Joyce and all yours and John’s family. May He Rest in Peace, remember the music he loved.

Bill Mekechuk

I remember meeting John at the Kimberly Accordian Festival on several occasions. May John Rest In Peace

Harry & Lucy Venekamp

Joyce, our sincere condolences. We will always remember John for his beautiful music, especially for his playing of “Thank you dear and give her roses “.

Charlie & Kay Kapchinsky

Kay and I are sorry for your loss. Thinking of all the jam sessions, the trips to Kimberley always make me smile. I miss him.

Valentine Abello

Sandra and I were sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be missed by family and friends.
Our condolences to his family. He will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

Val & Sandra

Alvin Heine

Joyce I am sorry for your loss keep in touch with me. I am presently in the midst of moving into the Condo.


Olga and Larry Begoray

Dear Joyce,
Our sincere sympathy to you. May John Rest In Peace, we will remember him for his love of music
And many happy times in Kimberley. Olga and Larry Begoray

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