John Newransky

John Newransky

Passed on February 5, 2022

December 20, 1942 to February 5, 2022     John Newransky was born at Gronlid, Saskatchewan, and moved to Reston, MB, in 1945.

At age nine John found faith in Jesus, and from age 14 his life goal was to invest his time in children’s ministry. He taught children in camps, VBS, Sunday School, Junior Church, Good News Clubs, Brigades, Awana, and Child Evangelism classes.

When John was a child his father became very ill. John began milking cows when he was 5-6 years old, and did much of the farming from when he was nine. He had to drop out of grade 10 to farm full time.

At 18 John went to work at a mine in Thompson, MB where he earned a steam engineering ticket.

In 1963 the family moved to a farm at Brooksby, SK. John began studies at Nipawin Bible Institute, and graduated in 1966. He joined the Canadian Sunday School Mission (CSSM) to do children’s ministries, and after marrying Doris Sydor in 1968, they began working as full-time missionaries with the CSSM at Beaver Lake Bible Camp, near Flin Flon. Two years later their first child, Steven, was born. During that time, John completed his grade twelve studies at the local high school.

In 1973, when their second child, Debra Jean, was two weeks old, the family left Denare Beach, SK, to move to 100 Mile House, B.C. For the next seven years John was Director and Developer of the Lake of the Trees Bible Camp.

In 1982 the family moved to Dauphin, MB, where John built a career as a contractor. He built and installed kitchen cabinets and windows, and built nine houses, four in and near Dauphin. He also developed a rental business in Dauphin. He worked at many jobs, the last one being the renovation of the Kal Tire building in Dauphin. John was suddenly forced to retire in 2005 when he developed a severe heart condition and received a pacemaker. Later that year he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

Outside of ministry and work, John loved many hobbies. He organized a hockey team, fished and hunted. He loved birds and had many feeders in the yard. The last few years he gave up hunting and enjoyed the deer taking refuge in the yard. He was devoted to family, travelling many miles to be with his parents and siblings, and loved being a parent and grandpa. John enjoyed games and pranks, always getting a good chuckle when he could catch someone out. He loved music, playing the guitar and singing. In his early years he had enjoyed square dancing and playing fiddle. John explored his artistic side crafting wood and glass, as well as story-telling and documenting with photography and film. John loved people, and dearly loved his coffee time, considering anyone in talking distance a friend with whom he could pass the time. His caregivers at Rosewood Lodge Personal Care home experienced his smile and joy in their presence even when he could no longer communicate as he once did.

John leaves behind his wife Doris, son Steve and daughter Debra Jean, son-in-law Bruce, and grandchildren Emelia, Corrin, Jacob, and Jessica.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be given to Rosewood Lodge, Stonewall, where he was lovingly cared for by Dr. Graham and the staff, or to CSSM, now called “One Hope Canada”.

Condolences can be left below.

The memorial service will be live-streamed on Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. CST. Click here for the link to the service and for other information:


Uncle John Newransky became a father to me since it seemed to me that I was fatherless, him plus the family made fell hope in my life again though making apart of their family, I know God received him in gorry and he will be with him in his ,I pray that God may confert the family,

Kayemba William

Uncle John Newransky You have been a real Father to meet since my childhood you spared all for my seek ,Aunt Doris may the Almighty God confert you 🙏 and the family

Kayemba William

To Doris and family I send condolences. I enjoyed many hours working in John's cabinet shop. When we started Parkland Crossing John was a good friend supplying us with expertise, encouragement and many articles of products we could use in our renovations. We ended up purchasing John's cabinet saw which is still used to build cabinets and other woodwork projects. John was a great friend.

Donald Husband

So sorry for your loss. Praying for strength as you adjust.

Eva Purdey

To Debra Jean, Bruce and family ; We are thinking of you and send our condolences to you all. I am sorry I missed the service but know that with your Dad's history it would have been comforting. You have a lifetime of memories to cherish and enjoy.

Barbara Lee

We have many good memories of times spent together in Dauphin. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Doris, Barbara Jean, Stephen and family, .

Lois Toderash

Sending my love and hugs to Doris and all the family on the love of this wonderful man. I will remember cousin John with great affection.

shelby sturby

So Sorry to hear of John's passing. I remember visiting his family's farm when we were growing up and wishing I had brothers like the Newransky boys.

Linda Sidorow

My sincere condolences to Doris and family and to John's siblings and families. I was a child/youth when the Newransky family (my aunt, uncle and cousins) lived in Reston but I still remember our family get togethers and the fun times we had. Years have passed since I last saw John but he always had a twinkle in his eye and a happy face, just as his photo shows.

Sharron Obsniuk

Hi Doris.....our hearfelt condolences. John was a very special person. Always sporting a smile along with words of encouragement. Always enjoyed singing at Rosewood and watching how much he enjoyed singing along. He will be missed.

Robert & Laurie Heide

My sincere condolences. I always enjoyed when we would chat at Robins Donuts in Dauphin, and hockey. He was a good man and now is with his Saviour. All things made new. May the Lord Jesus give the grace and strength needed

Scott Allen

Have some fond memories of John and his friend John when they came to Minitonas. My heartfelt sympathy to the family.

Marilyn Natyna

Uncle John was a dear neighbour but in our family he was our Uncle John.

Heather Medwid

I have fond memories of working alongside John through Child Evangelism Fellowship‘s Discovery Time at Barker school. I remember combining our classes one noon hour and being amazed at how well John held the children's attention. My experience was like herding cats. He a quiet and gentle authority that the kids were drawn to. I enjoyed our chats over coffee at McDonalds. My thoughts, prayers and condolences to his family. Godspeed, brother.

Marty Johnson

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