Friday September 14, 2018
1:30 PM
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.
In memory of
John Allister Fyke
July 17, 1940 - September 06, 2018 - Age 78

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

Message from Members of the Medicine Hat Amateur Radio Club September 10, 2018

Our thoughts are with you and your family during this sorrowful time.

Members of the Medicine Hat Amateur Radio Club
Message from Drew Shand September 11, 2018

John was at the heart of the Medicine Hat music scene from an early age. I have fond memories of his generous support of his fellow musicians. I was briefly in his band and we performed regularly at the Elks club, where My Buddy was always played at 11 PM in memory of departed brethren. I hope someone plays it for John.

Drew Shand
Message from Frances and Jerry Thacker September 11, 2018

So sorry to hear of John's passing. We always enjoyed talking with him when at the park, he was very knowledgeable and he and Jerry could talk about anything. the "Captain of 40 Mile marina" will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences. Jerry and Frances Thacker

Frances and Jerry Thacker
Message from Kevin & Debbie Green September 11, 2018

We are so sorry that you have left us so soon, but grateful to have had you as our friend. You have given us many memories with you both at 40 Mile Park and in Florida. We'll do our best to take care of Dona and make sure she's cooking up her kneffle. When we think of you, it will always be with a smile. We will miss you!
Ps. I didn't let Kevin ramble on. Perhaps you could still try to find a spray for that!
Love Kevin & Deb Green

Kevin & Debbie Green
Message from Lorence and Dianne Wittke September 11, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of John. We appreciated all the hard work that he did when he worked for us. He was also a very good friend and had a great attitude. We are sorry we will not be able to attend the funeral as we on vacation in the U.S. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Lorence and Dianne Wittke
Message from AllanaHenderson.jokers daughter and family. September 12, 2018

sorry to hear about Johns passing.cherish his memories deep in your hearts.

sending hugs.

AllanaHenderson.jokers daughter and family.
Message from Bev Bertram September 12, 2018

Dona and Family:

My sincerest sympathies on the passing of John.

Bev Bertram
Message from The Kraus Family September 12, 2018

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad. Much love and hugs to your family.

The Kraus Family
Message from Beth Garn September 12, 2018

Deepest condolences to the Fyke family.
Beth Werner (Garn) and family

Beth Garn
Message from Vera and dave Yardley September 12, 2018

Thinking of you all at this time. .prayers and love. .your cuz.vera and dave

Vera and dave Yardley
Message from Laura Rumpel September 12, 2018

I miss you, love you.. so many good things you brought to my life. It was an honour to know you and even a bigger honour to know we were friends. My prayers and love to you’re incredible family. Rest In Peace my dear 40 Mile dad. ????

Laura Rumpel
Message from Donald Kolody September 14, 2018

John helped me buy my first good guitar and amplifier in 1968. I was 16. He was so supportive of young people who wanted to play music. So, partly because of him, I've had a life time of enjoyment with music. That is no small. Thanks John. Rest in peace.

Donald Kolody
Message from Denise Dirk Feininger September 16, 2018

So very sorry to hear of John's passing, My condolences to you and your family Dona.

Denise Dirk Feininger