It is with sadness that the family of John Galatiuk announce his passing at Bashaw, Alta. on July 3, 2020.
John Ernest Galatiuk was the third child born to Peter and Lena Galatiuk on Feb. 13, 1945.
He grew up in Manitoba attending Rochedale country school until Grade 9. He then went to Inglis High School where he completed Grade 12.
After finishing school he worked on the family farm with his father and brother Geordie.
In 1965 he bought his first half section of land just one-half mile south of the home place.
During the winter months, he began working as a lineman on power lines for Comstock Construction in northern Manitoba and Ontario.
He also worked for McGregor Construction in Alberta constructing power lines until five years ago.
John always had a great love for horses and polled Hereford cattle.
He could recall multiple pedigrees of horses and recite them from memory.
In the early 60’s he acquired his first registered Hereford bulls.
In the 70’s he started with the Simmental breed.
He was a natural when it came to working with horses.
He began training horses for others at the young age of 13.
In 1975 he travelled to Nebraska and purchased two Tiger Leo mares which started him in the breeding of quarter horses and in the sport of quarter horse racing.
In 1980 he won the Manitoba Quarter Horse Derby at Manitoba Downs in Winnipeg with a filly that he raised.
More recently John began raising and racing thoroughbred horses.
At the time of his passing, he had three horses running at Century Mile race track in Nisku, Alta.
In the fall of 1990, John sold his farm in Manitoba and moved his family to the rural Lethbridge area.
In 1992 the family purchased Maverick Feeds in Bashaw and a farm just north of town.
He always said that he liked the area because it reminded him of the land of his origin in Manitoba.
He continued to raise thoroughbred horses and background feeder cattle until his death.
John was predeceased by his parents Peter and Lena Galatiuk and his infant niece Andrea as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He will be missed by his daughters Chelsey and Alexandra, his brothers Geordie and Bob, his sisters Elizabeth and Joan, brother-in-law David Poyser, three nephews, Chad (Claire), Landen, Jeremy (Carley) Poyser and his great-nephew and niece Henry and Amelia Poyser.A graveside service will be held at the Rochedale, Manitoba Cemetery on Aug. 3, 2020 with interment to follow.
Those who so desire may make a memorial donation in John’s memory to the Bashaw and District Food Bank, Box 568, Bashaw, Alta. T0B 0H0 (780-372-4074) or online at www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/bashaw-district-food-bank.