Passed on December 28, 2018
March 17, 1935 – December 28, 2018 Suddenly, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer, John Chobotar, 83, of Teulon, MB passed away peacefully at the Gimli Hospital shortly after a visit from family. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 56 years Carole [Eliuk], his 3 sons – Al [Anne], Kenny [Teresa] and Kevin; grandchildren – Alexandra, Danielle [Jared], Mikal and Erik; brothers – Martin [Nell], Walter [Fran], Bill [Janet]; sister-in-law Darlene and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. John was pre-deceased by his parents Mike and Dora, brother Alec and sister Mary [Paul]. Born in Sirko Manitoba in 1935, John grew up on the family farm where he developed his love for cattle and making hay, which would never leave him. He also met Carole, the love of his life, there. They were married at the St. Elias Church on July 21, 1962. He began to pursue his teaching career at age 17 which led him to more than 24 schools throughout Manitoba and North Western Ontario. He finished his career in Teulon, retiring in 1995. His unique teaching style has had a continuing impact on many students and parents alike as shown by the outpouring of support from those who will never forget how “Mr. Chobotar” helped them along the way. John was never one to sit still. His favorite activities included listening to and playing music [polkas], being a Cantor at Church [“Vichnaya Pam’yat”], a member of the Kinsmen, helping farmers, socializing at auction sales, playing VLTs, and just cruising around the countryside. John had a love for sports. He excelled as both player and coach. He was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 as a member of the Vita Cubs. He also coached teams to League and Provincial Titles. His biggest passion, however, was spectating. Whether it was his sons, his grandchildren or even a local sports team, his voice was always heard through arenas and ball parks, trying to motivate players to do their best. Sometimes he could even be heard at home yelling at his Maple Leafs while watching Hockey Night In Canada. As per John’s request, cremation has taken place and no service will be held at this time. The family is planning a Celebration of Life in early summer 2019. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Teulon Health Care Foundation Inc. Thanks to family and friends for the many cards, care packages and kind words during this tough time. They are greatly appreciated. Special Thanks to Dr. Majid Zahari, Dr. Jessica Chan and the hospital staffs at Stonewall, Gimli and HSC for their care and compassion.
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