John was the third child born to John and Molly Milakovich in Kirkland Lake on the evening of Saturday, July 26, 1941. When his father came home from work that day, he was told it was “another girl”, but he knew from the strong husky cry that he had his first born son. He was a healthy beautiful baby boy who grew up to be a tall handsome man, an honourable and dependable man respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was always the quietest of the four children, and also the most stubborn, a Milakovich trait.
Life moved along and in 1966, he married the love of his life Carmel Ropac. She fell in love with this tall dark handsome policeman and five years later, John Matthew arrived.
There are no answers why at an early age he was afflicted with the ravages of Parkinson Disease, a cruel and dibilitating disease that robbed him of over half his life. It was difficult to watch him deteriorate right before our eyes over the years. He fought and he fought hard. Carmela honoured her wedding vows “for better or worse, to love and to cherish till death do us part” and cared for him at home for many years and the love for each other remained strong till the end.
The world is now emptier without him. A good and decent man has left us after a long and hard journey bravely fought.
Johnny was many things in his almost 80 years....a son, a brother, a husband and father, a special uncle to his nieces and nephews on both sides of the family, a genuine friend, a police cadet, a motorcyle policeman with spit and polish shiny leggings, a Patrol Sergeant, a sports enthusiast who loved all sports, loved his Coke, pistachios and corned beef, loved tamburtiza music and with Carm could really dance the twist.
He will be missed.
Due to Covid restrictions, a private service will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.
Please consider a donation in John's memory to the Parkinson's Society or the McCall Centre.
Time now for us to say good-bye as a Choir of Angels escorts John on the way to Heaven.