John Andrew Lychek

John Andrew Lychek
1936-2021

 

John Andrew Lychek passed away on September 21, 2021, his 85th birthday, at Woodingford Lodge, Woodstock, Ontario. He was born September 21,1936 in Port Arthur, Ontario. He is survived by his wife Pat, daughter Sally, son Sheldon, three grandchildren, and many other relatives across Ontario and Western Canada. John was predeceased by his parents Mary and Andrew, a sister Mary Wickman and brother Joseph. 

John graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Ivey Business School in 1960. After he graduated, John pursued a career as an educator, first as a high school teacher. In 1965 John was appointed to the Ministry of Education as a program superintendent at the Independent Learning Centre in Toronto. In 1971 he was seconded to the federal government specifically to the Canadian International Development Agency. This assignment took him to Nairobi, Kenya, where he was responsible for organizing teacher training for a project that brought business education into high schools for East Africa. 

John lived in Thunder Bay, Kenya, Australia, Hanover, and settled in Port Rowan in 2015. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting in various parts of the world, golfing wherever and whenever he could. Travel was foremost for John. His adventurous spirit took him around the world many times, spending a great deal time both in Thailand and at Lake Chapala in Mexico. It was in Mexico he first began acting in live theatre. John had various roles in many productions to encompass every genre from Shakespeare to comedies. He acted, directed and wrote plays to the delight of many audiences. He was sought after as an actor because he was known to be a “Fast Study” and could learn and retain his material quickly and deliver an expert performance. As he once explained, he loved becoming someone else for brief periods. 

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock, Ontario. A Celebration of Life will be announced and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk or to Purrfect Companions of Norfolk.  Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared at wareingcremation.ca

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  • Dear Pat. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing but am thankful for the influential life that he led. Without him, I don’t think the Hanover Community Players would have existed. John was an excellent leader and guided us through the process even while building sets and directing! I hope that with the love of your family and friends you will be able to work through your grief with the memories of what he has meant to so many people. Please take care of yourself. Sincerely, Marg

    Marg Poste
  • This kind happy man I wiill remember as he was the first person that left an impression in my new life.condilences to Pat Sally and Sheldon God bless you and be with you xxx

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • John was loved and admired for his ventures of life.may God rest his soul and I will be praying for him and his lovely family .Sally if you can contact me on email nice to hear and exchange news since long time ago. I will remember this kind man that I

    Carmen Hinton bonello
  • A great lady she was and we met her kids.after 2days we thanked and said our goodbye.John was a good family man and he loved his family and life.. hh

    Carmen Hinton bonello
  • Meet Sally.they got to know each other.Sally kept in touch with me on email.when my daughter and I she invited us to stay on.first day she took us toNiagara falls and went down to the boat mist….and after went for a Indian meal.in car we sang the opera Carmen and laughed and had fun agreat wom

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • I was introduced to Sally by John at the office and when I had my son she came to see us in her hand a nice white. Softly cat.after I came to Malta my other son won a scholar ship in victoriai I gave information to meetttto

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • I don’t know if I wrote about our fantastic visit with the Lycheks with my daughter and I visited them when we came from Malta in2005 for 3 wonderful days.we were made so welcome never forget this visit John and Pat were fabulous.

    Carmen Hinton bonello
  • My family and I moved to Malta and after a few years came to visit family and friends.the lycheks were the first to visit and they made us so welcome and at home.A visit I will never .forget ahfter 3days we sad our good byes very very sad to leave them but they spoiled us.

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • John insisted to visit..
    Them in mexico.then Me and my family moved to Maltathen in 2005

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • I don’t know where I was as I lost the page.
    After they moved to Mexico we kept in touch with their yearly news letter at Christmas time.dont know if I mentioned that John kindly gave me a very good reference.i was also introduced to his lovely daughter Sally unfortunately never met Sheldon but heared alot about him.iwill continue to write tomorrow

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • But sad he was going.John was really kind and wrote me a very good reference.He even invited us to go visit them.at that time I was introduced

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • Sorry am having problems to write a whole comment.I asked John if he wants to be my master of ceremonies at my wedding.he accepted and did a wonderful speach.My parents came over and John and Pat invited them and me and fiance for a lovely dinner at their house.after 3 years John told me he and family were moving to Mexico.i was happy for hi

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • Ministry of education.I passed and I was doing well.i got along very well and after 3 years I told John I was getting married and asked him

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • At the young age of 20 coming fresh from the island of Malta I was assigned with the Ministry of Education Correspondence courses.I was introduced to a great gentleman to be his secretary his name was JohnLychek.I introduced myself and he told me what’s in the job.John was interested in telling him about Malta and my family.I told him that my father was a headmaster in Malta.After a few days John suggested I apply for a permanent job and he helped me filling the application and to do some exams at the Miniinin in

    Carmen Hinton Bonello
  • I remember John as a kind and supportive husband to Pat. We had several wonderful Dawnview staff get togethers at your home in Hanover. John was an engaging host and had lots of entertaining stories about his travel.
    Pat, you are in our thoughts and prayers as you navigate this difficult time.
    Jeri-Lee & Richard Diebel

    Jeri Lee Diebel
  • A good friend who I have missed and will always miss.

    Alex Ramsay
  • I first met John and Pat in Nairobi, Kenya and was so impressed with the adventurous exploring that they did. We’ve kept in touch and have shared many fun, special times together over the years in Hanover, Staffa and Stratford. john was a fine gentleman and a fun friend, interesting and interested in the wide world. He will be sadly missed. Sending my heartfelt sympathy to Pat, Sally and Sheldon and families.

    Joan Daynard
  • Pat and family,
    So sorry to hear. Passing along my condolences to you and your family. I will surely remember my visits with you both and cherish those memories of your dedication to each other. My thoughts are with you and may your wonderful memories of John/spouse and father help you through this time.
    Alzheimer Staff

    Erica Wright
  • An old and good friend. So.many memories never to be forgotten. Be strong Pat and remember the good times.

    Joe Rees
  • As friends with Pat and John for over 53 years, our fond memories of John would fill a scrapbook. Sharing the commute to downtown from Scarborough for several years (35 stoplights) and playing squash twice a week exposed the aggressive side of both John and myself. He won more games and I received more bruises. Then our month with them in Nairobi was memorable. Adventure was part of John’s DNA. The safari to Ngorongoro and the hunting safari were highlights. Also being surrounded by a herd of trumping elephants was a bit scary. It was difficult to watch John’s decline but Pat’s loyalty throughout was evident. May he be at peace.

    Barb and Bruce Ahrens

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