John and Netha Gerbrandt welcomed John to the world, two hours after his twin sister Beth, on March 26, 1945 in Arborsfield, Saskatchewan. Dad often said “I was a gentleman even then, I let the ladies go first!”
When John started school at Blue Jay, a one room school house, all he could speak was German. But he was a fast learner as he was a fast runner. He often said, although he was small, no one could catch him on the soccer field. His love for speed continued on throughout his life and he bought his first car a Coronet 440, which he rolled at no fault of his. The next car John purchased was a 1969 Dodge Superbee with a 383 under the hood. He often told stories about drag racing corvettes on 8th street in Saskatoon, with a smile on his face and a glint in his blue eyes, he relived the feeling of speed! His Bee was the love of his life, until he met Sharmaine in Lloydminster, she was a waitress. I guess it is true that food is the way to a man’s heart, because as they would say the rest was history, they married on April 28, 1973 in Paynton, Saskatchewan.
John always was a big kid at heart, and children flocked to him. His world forever changed when he became a dad, to his daughters Roxane and Melissa. John loved his daughters with his whole being and continued to be their biggest supporter throughout their lives. When John became “Popsh” his world again changed! From 1992 to 2015, John welcomed joyously his grandson and his 8 granddaughters, each one held a special place in his heart, and became his greatest treasures. He was always a big kid, but with each grandchild this became more evident, I was never sure who was having more fun…dad or the kids!
John dreamed of being a mechanic, but as he had to leave school in Grade 11, he ventured into the Oilfield. He worked in the Oilfield for the rest of his years in various positions. He spent a large portion working for Saskoil as a rig supervisor, even having a Sandy Ross rig named after him “King John”. He loved to work hard and found value in always doing his very best, which let’s face it was GREATNESS.
Throughout his life, he was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending many a day hunting with his wife, family and friends. Although he never said it, he was an incredible shot. He loved to duck hunt with his best friend, Queen (a black lab), after Queen went over the rainbow bridge he never duck hunted again. He loved all of his animals as they were family. He also enjoyed fishing, and took pride in teaching his girls to fish, and then later his grandchildren.
John was the type of man, who worked hard, played hard, and truly believed in the value of family and friendship. There is nothing he would not do for those he called family and friends, even the shirt off his back if it was required! He had a laugh that filled a room with such joy, it was unforgettable and contagious. It is not surprising he earned the nicknames Johnny HaHa and giggles.
John Stanley Gerbrandt was granted his angel wings, surrounded by family, on July 19th, 2017 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
John will forever be in our hearts and joyously remembered, by his loving wife of 44 years, Sharmaine, and their cherished daughters and their families: Roxane (Brent) Murray and their children Skylar-John, Tamara, Cassidy, Trista, and Bethaney, Melissa (Paul) Heath and their girls Sequoia, Aspyn, Cedyr, and Acaysha, Twin sister Beth Bazar, Brother Marvin Gerbrandt, Sisters Marilyn (Paul) Steven, Myrna (Butch) Sproxton and Donna (Rob) Nagus and their families.
John was predeceased by his loving parents, John and Netha Gerbrandt, infant niece Jannine, nephew Chad James, sister Carolyn and her sons Brett and Edward, father and mother in-law Victor and Yvonne Carpentier, sister in-law Sharlaine Boddy, brother in laws Hugh Lamont and Kevin James.