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Memorable Manitobans: John Petrash (1933-2008)

Educator, businessman.

Born at Sundown on 14 May 1933, son of Joseph Petrash (1884-1950) and Anna Happychuk (1907-2000), he attended school locally and graduated from Central Normal School (1954). He taught in rural Manitoba, including at Tolstoi School (1954-1955) and Donald School (1955-1956, Principal), as well as in the East Kildonan School District at Polson School (1958-1960), Hampstead School (1960-1961), and Munroe School / Polson School (1962-1963). In the 1960s, he changed careers, becoming employed with the World Book Encyclopedia and moved to Nova Scotia. He resigned as a Branch Manager for the Alantic Provinces in 1974, going on to manage Atlantic Travel Services, a tour and travel agency based at Truro, Nova Scotia. By 1990, he owned the firm and remained in the industry until retirement in 2005. He was a volunteer with the Onslow Belmont Fire Brigade for 30 years (25 years as its Secretary) and was member of the Immaculte Conception Church at Truro. He and his wife Pearl had three sons. He died at Lower Onslow, Nova Scotia on 28 March 2008 and his cremains were returned to Manitoba for burial in the Ascension of Our Lord Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery.


“Sundown,” Steinbach Carillon News, 15 May 1953, page 7.

“Sundown,” Steinbach Carillon News, 18 September 1953, page 2.

Obituary [Anna Petrash], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 February 2000.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 2008, page 32.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 August 2020

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