December 29, 1932 – April 3, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John (Janez) Rupar on April 3rd 2020.
Predeceased by his parents, Janez and Franska, brother Yvan, and sister Franska. He is survived by his sister Anne.
John leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Huguette, his six children and their spouses; Joanne (Jim), John (Cheryl),
Linda, Katherina (Peter), Michael, Peter (Kris), his 10 grandchildren; Michael, Katrina, Matthew, Amanda, Paige, Hope, Amanda, Danielle, Corey
and Shaelyn, and his 12 great-grandchildren; Sherry, Josiah, Elijah, Jericho, Richard, Brooklyn, Kaitlyn, Madison, Riley, Nova, Isabella, Adelaide and his 13th on the way in May.
Born in Skofja Loka, Slovenia, Yugoslavia on December 29th, 1932 – John had an amazing full life.
During World War II – he and his family had to leave their home in Yugoslavia and were sent to a refugee camp. After a while, he and his family were lucky enough to relocate to Canada. John loved Canada. He always said it was the best country in the world. His family settled in Rockland, Ontario and started all over.
This is where he met the love of his life, Huguette Potvin. They got married and had kids right away. A few years later, he moved with his young family to Ottawa and started Rupar Motors downtown. Many wonderful years followed, raising six kids and running a successful business which expanded into a very large car dealership. John Rupar was very well known in Ottawa.
Later in life, John packed up his large family and moved to Chilliwack, BC where he purchased A1 Automotive and Grocery on Young Road South.
Most of his kids worked with the family business and started families of their own. He always said “Nothing is more important than family”.
John was a dedicated member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and rarely missed a Sunday mass.
He was a kind-hearted philanthropist who gave to many foundations and personally assisted in the relocation of Yugoslavian families from war-torn areas into Canada.
Papa – the world needs more people like you.
We will keep your stories alive. We will love you always
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