John Belay

Obituary of John Peter Belay

John Peter Belay, 76, of Regina, SK passed away peacefully with his wife and children by his side on

October 13, 2020. Left to mourn his loss is his wife of 53 years, Janet. John is also survived by their 10 children: Kathleen & Kent, Darlene & Todd, Charlene, John & Nancy, Kevin & Jacqueline, Marlene & Neil, Arlene & CJ, Eileen & Kirk, Lauraleen & Dean, Cory & RaeLynn; 19 grandchildren: Jaze, Annastasia (Michael), Kourtney (Dustin), Kristopher, John, James, Jacob, Kole (Richelle), Meaghan, Nathan, Brittany (Jace), Danielle, Eric, Alyssa (Kyle), Briele, Mckenna, Zayna, Emma, Kasper; and one great granddaughter, Nora. Also left to mourn is his sister Rose (Karl) Strahm; his sisters in law Betty Vogt and Marie Barre; and cousin Doris Lesiuk & family. In addition, many nieces and nephews that he adored.  John was predeceased by his father, Michael in 1980; mother Anna in 1985; sisters Olga Mulherin in 2008 and Nettie Gretzyn in 2010; and his nephew Stephen Mulherin in 1978.

John was born in 1944 and raised on a farm near Findlater, SK. He was the 3rd of 4 children. When he was 23 years old he married Janet Vogt and they had 10 children together. John worked for the City of Regina as a Supervisor for most of his career until he retired. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved to tinker in the garage and around the yard, and loved spending time outdoors ski-dooing, quadding and camping.    

John and Janet enjoyed many years at their north house near Usherville, as well as the last many years at their cottage on Katepwa Lake. He loved all of his time at the cabin working on his many projects. It brought dad tremendous joy to spend time there with Mom.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff at the MSU Unit at the Pasqua Hospital for the excellent care they provided to dad and specifically to Dr. Kyle MacDonald who was so kind in his care to Dad. 

Due to Covid-19, a private family funeral for John was held at St. Basils Ukrainian Catholic Church.

Flowers are most gratefully declined. If you wish to make a donation to St. Basils Ukrainian Catholic Church, you may do so in John’s memory.

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