Jack HARASYN
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Jack Harasyn The Man, The Myth, The Legend Born August 24th, 1934 Passed May 16th, 2020 Age 85 Jack Harasyn was born & raised with his family in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan one of 3 sons & 3 daughters of John & Marcella Harasyn. Mike (Fran Kaminiarz) Nellie (Bill McKeen) Jack (Marlyne Gillespie) Helen (Harvey McKeen) Georgina (Steve Bozsak) John (Evelyn Henry) He was predeceased by his parents, older brother Mike, 2nd wife Debbie Parnett & youngest sister Georgina. He leaves behind: His best friend & final partner Marlyne (Marlee) Gillespie living in Victoria, BC . His sisters Nellie & Helen & brother John all living in Prince Albert . His 4 daughters - Coby Harasyn (Ray Horetchka) living in Calgary - Jackie Elliott & Kim (Frank Jones) living in Saskatoon & Shelby (Kenton Hehr) living in Calgary . His 1 son - Cole Harasyn (Travis O’Neill) living in Edmonton . His 8 Grandchildren - Dustin & Kyle Horetchka in Calgary / Matt Elliott, Atlee, Evan & Romney Jones in Saskatoon / Larson & Coby Hehr in Calgary . His 2 Great Grandsons - Jack (Matt’s son) & Maxwell Jones (Evan Jones & Amanda Anderchek’s son) in Saskatoon . His many nieces & nephews! After high school & successful hockey seasons in Prince Albert, Jack moved to Sudbury & continued to play hockey. When he returned to PA he learned the stucco trade working for the best in the industry, his brother Mike. In January 1957 he married Karen Wiig from Flin Flon, Manitoba. Together they had 4 daughters & Jack began his own stucco & construction business eventually building homes & apartments in PA. He worked hard & did well, enjoying a nice home in Crescent Heights, a cabin at Emma Lake & much more. Jack was very active! He played hockey with the PA Mintos & PA Anavets (the Senior Anavets captured 3 consecutive “Henderson” trophies 1960/61 61/62 62/63 & the team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame). Hockey was tops, but he also golfed, alpine, down hill & waterskied, fished, hunted, drag car raced, flew a glider & even bought himself a couple of Grumman aircraft. He did pretty much everything he wanted. Jack & Karen separated in 1969 & she returned to Flin Flon with their daughters & they divorced. Awhile after Jack moved to Saskatoon where he continued to stucco & build houses & somehow got involved in the thoroughbred horse racing industry. By the mid 70’s he had bought a 320 acre ranch at Pike Lake just outside of Saskatoon where he boarded a couple of his own race horses. He renovated the inside of the house, added on a garage, added 10 stalls to the existing barn & began boarding, breeding & racing. He had a nice meadow to take off & land his aircraft at the ranch & was traveling frequently to Winnipeg, Calgary & Edmonton. By the mid 80’s he & his girlfriend Debbie Parnett from Saskatoon were looking after about 30 horses & were on the road a lot. They married on December 17th, 1989 at the ranch & together had a son Cole Franklin born on September 4th, 1991 . Jack's horses won some prestigious races … the Lotto 636 Classic $$$ at Stampede Park in Calgary was just one of them. He was also given an award from the Saskatchewan Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society in recognition for his 25 years of involvement in the industry. His wife Debbie died unexpectedly on March 18th, 2013 & Jack sold the ranch & moved to Calgary shortly after. Cole finished his education & graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2015. His long-time friend Marlyne Gillespie living in Calgary at the time & Jack, moved to Victoria, BC in September of 2013. Together, they enjoyed living in beautiful Victoria, exploring Vancouver Island & travelling. This past year was especially tough for Marlyne with Jack's condition deteriorating from Parkinson’s. The covid-19 virus pandemic & super strict no visiting policies in BC made things even worse. Thankfully Marlyne was able to be with Jack his last few days on Earth. He’s probably visiting his parents, brother & sister, his widow Debbie, his old buddy Herb Kirnbauer & all his hockey team mates & guys from the Saskatoon YMCA right now. Hello from Jack to all of you still alive & kicking! IF Jack had a bucket list … it wouldn’t be long … there couldn’t be much he hasn’t done! RIP Jack .
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