June 13th, 1952- November 14th, 2021

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Gysbertus Tabak at 69 years of age after struggling for many years with his health.

Lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years Joan (Fishburne), his mother Corrie Tabak and siblings Mary (Cornelis), Conrad, Rolly (George), Marten (Jan), Harold (Maria), Diane (Larry), Alan and families. Also, Joan’s siblings and families: Ron (Elaine), Doris, Audrey, Nancy, Fred (Cheryl), Helen (Henry), and extended family in Holland who always supported him.

Predeceased by his father John Tabak, sister Corrie Hancock and Barry, and special in-laws Don, John, Lil and Neil.

John was born in Orangeville Ontario to new immigrant parents from Holland.

His first language was Dutch and he was always proud of his Dutch heritage. They moved to Alberta and he grew up in Edmonton,

Joan and John met at a friend’s wedding and married March 6th, 1976.  John was driving ETS bus at the time.

John’s interests included traveling, photography, clothes, cooking, camping, and fishing.  He loved country music and a dog in the house.  He was always up for conversation and loved meeting new people.  He will be missed by many as he was a generous and loving man.

Thank you to Millwoods Shepherd’s Care for the excellent care for his last 3 ½ years.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will take place on Saturday December 4th at 1:00 pm at Ottewell United Church, 6611- 93A Ave Edmonton (entrance thru the back door)

As per Alberta COVID Restriction Exemption program, proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Donations appreciated to Millwoods Shepherd’s Care Foundation, 6620- 28 Ave, NW Edmonton T6K 2R1

Or Cystic Fibrosis Canada, 1130F 44 Ave SE, Calgary , T2G 4W6, with a note to send donation to Edmonton Chapter.

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Gloria Gizoski

Thinking of all of you on the passing of John, My prayers and thoughts are with all of the Tabak families.

Gloria Gizoski

May John Rest In Peace. My thought and prayers are with you and all of the Tabak families at your time of need.
Gloria Gizoski

Joan DeGeer

Joan…Our memories of John and you at the lake will always be treasured. John was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.

Mary-Lou Hogg

Dear Joan,
My sincere condolences to you at this sad time. I’m thinking of you and send a warm hug your way.

the Whitles as John used to call us

We will remember John for his: Sense of fun and play and the patience fishing with the kids; His generosity where all things concerning friends and family go; Fun cooking at the lake with him; His support so many times when I had to fly into Edmonton to take care of my dad – the list goes on and on. I hope you have your fishing rod John. much love Joan.
Martin and Charlotte Whiteley

Hilde en Arjan van Erven

Our sincere condolences for the passing of John.
Be comforted by the many wonderful memories you will keep and cherish.

Katrina Bettcher

Dear Joan,
Please know that I am thinking of you. So sorry.
My condolences & a big hug,

Gloria and Mark Mireault

Our condolences to you Joan. We have many wonderful memories of John. We both hope that happy memories can replace the sadness in your heart today.

Joan Losinski

Dear Joan, Kelly and I would like to send our condolences on the passing of you husband John. He was very lucky to have had you by his side through this life. We did not know him, but we had to acknowledge his passing. Those Orchard kids and Kelly and I loved and cherished you on our CF journey. Take care of yourself and cherish your memories.

Emily duncan

Thinking of you and. Know the wonderful memories will help To keep him alive in your heart

Dianne Houwing

Deepest sympathy to Joan, Corrie and families ❤️ John and family were so courageous in dealing with his health challenges throughout the years through kindness and love ❤️

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