November 22, 1922 – Lovinac, Lika, Croatia
July 19, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta
John passed away peacefully at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Home. He leaves his daughters: Stephanie (Al) McDonald and Maggie Herr; his grandchildren: Amy and Scott, Trisha and great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Liam. He also leaves his brother Michael (Eugenia) Krpan and sister Mary (John) Stone.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary.
John was born in Lovinac , Croatia to parents Peter and Manda Krpan. He attended school in Croatia, Saskatchewan, and graduated High School at Edson, Alberta. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy, participating in the June 6, 1944 Invasion of Normandy. In 1949 he graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering. He worked for the Alberta Department of Public Works planning and building many of Alberta’s public buildings, including the Jubilee Auditoriums and the Calgary Foothills Hospital.
All of his life John was very much a family man not only with his immediate family but connecting with aunts, uncles and cousins across Canada and Croatia. John’s grandchildren will fondly remember the time spent with their grandfather.
During his retirement he enjoyed time with his family. Summers were spent gardening and sharing his produce. Winters were spent at the curling rink. He enjoyed the sport and the socializing with his teammates. He also spent time volunteering at the Edmonton Animal Shelter.
Throughout his long and full life John was loved and respected by family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. His strong character and work ethic, quiet demeanor and his sense of humor will be missed but always remembered.
John will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Edmonton. There will be a private memorial and burial for immediate family. Condolences and messages can be forwarded through www.serenity.ca
Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel