LIEBRECHT â€" John Samuel
March 26, 1937 â€" August 10, 2008
It is our familyâ€™s wish to announce the passing of our amazing father, husband and grandfather, John Samuel Liebrecht, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 10, 2008. John was born on March 26, 1937 in Yorkton, SK to Samuel and Vivian Liebrecht. John made his first skating debut at the age of 2 on the Sylvania rink and played organized hockey at the age of 10 with the P.A. Peewee Anavets. He went on to play with the P.A. Mintos, Shellbrook Big V League, Hanna Hornets and the Drumheller Minors. His return to the Senior P.A. Anavets team as a coach/player earned him an induction into the P.A. Sports Hall of Fame. He also coached many teams including the P.A. City Police, the Buckeyes Senior A Team and the Menâ€™s Correctional Center Team. John played his last game at the age of 55. John also played baseball and was the pitcher for the Honeymoon and Hanna teams. John married his wife Ann (Kowal) of 51 years on June 15, 1957. John is survived by his loving wife Ann; his 3 children Kelly and Roxanne Liebrecht (James, Stephanie & David), Debbie & Lionel Diehl (Kelly, Bobbi, Trent, Trevor, Chris, Renae, Rochelle and Jarett), (his great grandchildren Graham, Evan, Vangie & Addie) and Sandy & John MacDonald (Greg); his brother Burke (Bev) Liebrecht; his brother-in-law John Balicki and numerous family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Sam & Vivian and his sister Joy Balicki. John was employed at Western Grocers, Jimmyâ€™s Auto Service in Hanna, MacDonaldâ€™s Consolidated in P.A., P.A. Dairy Pool and Northern Wood Preservers. John attended the U. of S. for 1 year and during summer break, he was offered a relief position at the P.A. Menâ€™s Correctional Center, which turned out to be a position he held for over 25 years and was presented the Long Service Medal by the Governor General. After his retirement, John spent many loving hours watching his grandchildren compete in their various sports and often coached them from the sidelines (â€śShoot the Puck!â€ť). Our family would like to thank all Drs. and Medical Staff involved with Johnâ€™s care, both in P.A. and Saskatoon, and a special thank-you to Lorne Adams of Grayâ€™s Funeral Chapel. In lieu of other tributes, memorial donations can be made to P.A. Minor Hockey. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at Grayâ€™s Funeral Chapel, 575 â€" 28th Street West, Prince Albert, SK. Private Family Interment will be held at South Hill Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grays.ca. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Grayâ€™s Funeral Chapel, Lorne Adams, Funeral Director.
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