SCHRAM, John

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It is with great sorrow that the family of John Schram announce his sudden passing at the age of 60.

John will be deeply missed by his loving mother, Dorothy Schram, who bestowed the greatest gift of music in teaching him to play piano at a young age; three sisters, Wendy, Janice and Teresa; three nieces, Marlena, Janine and Melissa; one nephew, Kevin; 6 grandnieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives, co-workers, friends and musicians.  John was predeceased by his newborn sister, Shelley; and father, Elmer Schram.

John was raised on a rural Alberta farm where he discovered his love for music, nature, and everything scientific and electronic.  His command of computer programming earned him meaningful employment around the world, including the U.S. and Europe where he loved to explore libraries, museums and art galleries.

John’s creative musical abilities won him many friends and much respect. In his younger days, John played his keyboards in rock bands and toured in a dilapidated bus to local towns, living the hippie era tour band dream.  He was always a welcome guest at parties, able to jam with any mix of musicians.  From rock to classical, John enjoyed composing his own music from a young age and these original compositions are a lasting treasure.

John loved to get together to play games, such as Chess, Mastermind, Risk, Stratego and even invented and designed various unique games of his own which were widely played with family and friends.

John was creative, thoughtful and resourceful in his endeavours, choosing kindness over aggression, empathy over judgement, and intelligent pursuit of excellence with employment.  He enjoyed numerous and varied hobbies and interests which he pursued with great pleasure.

We have lost a kind, intelligent man, a talented musician, innovative programmer and loyal friend.

 

Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101

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Michael Kuefler

John and I met almost 30 years ago. I got my first job working with computers for Creative Multimedia. I didn’t even know how to turn on a PC, but I could program mainframes. John and I learned a new programming language called Asymetrix Toolbook together and took it beyond its limits. We then learned other languages such as Visual Basic. I became a Project Manager and he became the lead programmer. That company dissapeared and we joined forces years later when he came to work for me again in my own company 18 years ago. I could accomodate his reclusive lifestyle and understood his genius. He once explained that his hair and beard length was at a natural maintenance length where he neither needed to cut it and it did not grow any longer. This made him very unique. He would join me occasionally in the boardrooms of some of the biggest companies in Alberta such as Suncor, Petro-Canada and Celanese. I loved to see the reactions from these corporate types and from John who was unaware of the irony. I would often visit him at his home and we would discuss his garden, his music and his noisy neighbors. He liked to compose original music on his guitar and keyboard. I will remember him as a kind genius and a friend.

Marnee Wade

Thinking of you and your family during this time. Condolences to you Dorothy, Wendy, Janice and Teresa and families!! ❤️

Love,
Marnee, Jerry, Brenda and family.

Sandra Huculak

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss

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