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Memorable Manitobans: John Peter Tanchak (1905-1983)

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John Peter Tanchak
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Educator, merchant, farmer, MLA (1958-1959), MLA (1959-1962), MLA (1963-1966), MLA (1966-1969).

Born at Rosa on 7 May 1905, son of Peter Tanchak (?-?) and Mary Mihaychuk (1883-1969), brother of Dmytro Tanchak and Emanuel P. Tanchak, he was educated at Rosa School, St. Boniface Secondary School, and the University of Manitoba, and taught at Senkiw School (1922-1923), River Ranch School (1924-1925, 1928-1931), Baskerville School (1925-1927), and Dehowa School (1935-1940). He worked as a turkey rancher and general merchant, and also served as a member of the Emerson Turkey Marketing Board, and Chairman of the Manitoba Turkey Marketing Board and the Canadian Turkey Marketing Association. On 15 July 1934 he married Doris Osachuk (?-?), daughter of William Osachuk of Gardenton. They had two children: John Howard Earl Tanchak and Iris June Tanchak. He was a member of the Memorial Community Club at Ridgeville. He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at a by-election on 14 November 1957, and was re-elected in 1958, 1959, 1962, and 1966, but was defeated by Gabriel Girard in 1969. He died at Winnipeg on 13 May 1983 and was buried in the Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.


The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1960.

Members of the Legislative Assembly (deceased), Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

“Former Liberal MLA dies at 78,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1983, page 2.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1983, page 39.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 July 2019

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