John Louis Listhaeghe (August 25, 1934-November 21, 2023)

John Louis Listhaeghe (August 25, 1934-November 21, 2023)

John Louis Listhaeghe, born August 25, 1934, in Silverwood, AB, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, in Calgary, AB at the age of 89.

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. John was the loving husband of Barbara Listhaeghe (nee Gibbons) and a proud father of three sons, Doug (Janisse), Darcy (Debi) and Dan (Rene); and three daughters, Shelly, Shannon (Ross) and Shawna (Gary). He was a loving grandfather to 19 grandchildren, Danelle (Don), Dustin (Dana), Jamie, Dacia (Morgan), Kourtni (Lars), Tia, Britni (Derek), Darbi, Stephie (Ryan), Jordan (Joanne), Cody, Dakota (Bryan), Kenedy (Mike), Teryl,  Danica (Brad), Josh (Kelsey), Tori (Chris), Rylie and Dallin; and 15 great-grandchildren, Kadence, Ashlynn, Joli, Isabelle, Brynn, Grayson, John, Lennon, Dane, Wade, Blake, Lane, Bennett, Jett and Levi. John is survived by his sisters, Patricia, Natalie, Marie and Bridget. John was predeceased by his parents, Gustave and Maria, brothers Christopher, Joseph, Norman, and Albert; sisters Harriet, Juliette, Mary Ann, Sylvia, great-grandson Declan John O’Dwyer, and grandson-in-law Travis Swyripa

JL was a farmer, businessman and entrepreneur; he belonged to the Kinsmen, Knights of Columbus and was a former Town Councillor. Hockey was a big part of John’s life and he excelled at it. He played for many teams in the Peace Country but loved his Spirit River Rangers for whom he was a player, coach and executive. John met Barb while working on the railroad and playing hockey for the McLennon Red Wings and that is where their story began. John loved his church and loved Spirit River. He enjoyed working hard his entire life and qualified as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, one of the highest achievements possible in life insurance sales.

John had unbelievable love for all his family and had a special bond with his children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces. He had a way of making everyone feel like they were his favorite and in his mind we all were. John had an unbeatable sense of humour and a million jokes ready to tell at any time.

A memorial service for John will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spirit River on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception at the Centennial Hall in Spirit River at 12:00 p.m. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with John’s family at