John Allister Fyke, 78, of 40 Mile Park, Alberta and Englewood, Florida passed away Thursday September 6th, 2018 at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary with his wife and his daughters by his side. John is survived by his wife, Dona of 40 Mile Park and Englewood, Florida; daughter Kendy (Tim) Elliott of Coldstream, British Columbia and Englewood, Florida; daughter Danielle (Mike) Fyke-Bobowski of Charlotte, North Carolina; and his five grandchildren: Jordyn Elliott, Taylor Elliott (Jennette Mead), Dannica Beck, Britton Bobowski, and Halen Bobowski. Additionally, he is survived by two sisters-in-law Verna (Ken) Pollock and Darlene Renner (Lyle Weis), brother-in-law Ron (Debbie) Remus and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his special buddy, Paulie, the squawking parrot, and many friends across the globe.
John was preceded in death by his two children, Jolaine Fyke in August 2009 and Robert Fyke in November 2009, as well as his parents Ross and Myrtle Fyke, his mother and father-in-law Bertha and Herbert Remus, and his brother-in-law Terry Renner.
John was born July 17, 1940, in Medicine Hat, Alberta to Ross and Myrtle (Geddes) Fyke. At a young age, John acquired a passion for music and taught himself how to play many instruments; including the upright bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin, tuba, organ and any instrument he put in his hands. He went on to play in his high school band, the City Band, and the Militia band. A graduate of Medicine Hat High School in 1957, he excelled in electronics. He worked as a lifeguard and taught music lessons in order to earn enough money to buy his first Fender guitar—the same guitar that launched constant theme of music throughout his life.
John was an employee at Dominion Glass when he met and courted Dona Fyke, formerly Dona Remus. On September 1, 1962, John and Dona wed in a church ceremony in Medicine Hat. Five days before his passing, they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Together they had four children.
In the early 1970’s, John and Dona opened their first music store, Fyke's Music Centre, and a record store called Jumpin' John's. Soon after, Fyke's Music Centre became a chain where John spent the majority of his career teaching music lessons, selling instruments and electronics, and supporting the local music scene and upcoming musicians. During this time, John also became an amateur HAM radio operator and remained an active HAM club member up until his death. The family would often hear the familiar HAM signal of "CQ CQ this is VE6 AIV" calling out to people across the globe from his home office. Some of John’s notable HAM radio friends were the late King Hussein of Jordan and Joe Walsh of the Eagles. John was also active in many businesses, owning many properties and investment firms.
John was never one to sit still. He picked up many hobbies over the years such as motorcycle riding, chess, boating, travelling, and a love of birds. As a friend recalls, one day while on a motorcycle ride, he and his friend commented that they should pick up a safer hobby....so they decided to get their pilots’ licenses! John received his private pilot license, bought an airplane (or two) and flew his family and friends all over North America--oftentimes, flying to Lethbridge for "just a piece of pie.”
A celebration of his life will be held at Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. With Life Celebrant, David Townsend. A reception and jam session at The Beveridge, located at 620 2nd Street Medicine Hat will follow immediately after the service.
Those who wish to remember John with a donation, may do so to Halo Rescue at http://www.HaloRescue.ca or to #12 49 Viscount Ave SW Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 5G4. Halo is a local organization that provides emergency airlifting to trauma patients in the Southeast Alberta and Saskatchewan regions. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: John Fyke