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With profound sadness, we announce the passing of John Macsemchuk on Friday, January 7, 2022, at Pioneer Ridge. John was 92 years old and enjoyed a full life filled with his family and faith in His Lord and Saviour. On May 20, 1929, John was born in Pearson Township to Stephen and Pearl Macsemchuk. He was one of four sons, Michael, Tony (Maizie), and Bill (Eva) Macsemchuk. All of his brothers have predeceased him. John wed the love of his life, Aileen Niemi, on June 21, 1952, and they were married for 39 years before Aileen’s passing on October 19, 1991. John is survived by Aileen’s brother Allan Niemi (Lorna) of Oshawa and sisters-in-law Maizie Macsemchuk and Eva Macsemchuk. John truly loved his family and is survived by his son Gary (Melody) and daughter Sharon (Kevin) Boudreau. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Craig (Olena) and Adelle (Bryce) Melanson, along with numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his grandson Douglas Macsemchuk in May of 1992 and Sister-in-law Aune Parker (Matt).

Anyone who knew John, knew that he was a hard worker. He could build anything that needed to be built, run all types of machinery, and could run a sawmill with his eyes closed. Everyone who worked at Great West Timber knew “Johnny Mac” and he was very respected for the expertise he brought to the sawmilling industry, retiring after 41 years in May of 1994.

John had faith in God and spent his later years putting his talents and tools to work. He was a faithful servant and was always eager to help. John was instrumental in building the Summit Church sanctuary (former Thunder Bay Christian Fellowship) and helped with various other city church projects. He was loved by all at Grace Place and was known by many as “Grandpa” where he served coffee for over 7years. His love for God fuelled his compassion for his fellowman and he was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked. John loved bluegrass and country music and followed the Wannabes wherever they played. He truly enjoyed the company of his many “music” friends. John spent the last 7 years in long-term care at Pioneer Ridge where he received exceptional care from the Plaza Four staff.

Visitation for family and friends will take place on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 N. Cumberland Street. A private service, by invitation only, will be held Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 1:00 pm with Pastors Gary and Melody Macsemchuk officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. All in attendance will require proof of vaccination. The service will be live streamed at www.harbourviewfuneral.ca where condolences may be offered.

If friends so desire, donations in John’s memory can be made to Grace Place, Box 203, 235 Simpson Street, P7C 3H6.

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