Memorable Manitobans: John Peter Tanchak (1905-1983)
Born at Rosa on 7 May 1905, son of Peter Tanchak (?-?) and Mary Mihaychuk (1883-1969), brother of Dmytro Tanchak and Emanuel Peter 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), Dehowa School (1935-1940), and Bradley School (1940-1941).
He also worked as a turkey rancher and general merchant, and served as a member of the Emerson Turkey Marketing Board, and Chairman of the Manitoba Turkey Marketing Board and the Canadian Turkey Marketing Association. 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.
On 15 July 1934, he married Doris Osachuk (1912-1995, daughter of William Osachuk) of Gardenton. They had two children: John Howard Earl Tanchak and June Iris Tanchak (1937-1990, wife of ? Cairnie). He was a member of the Memorial Community Club at Ridgeville.
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Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 January 2023