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KRETZ, John Paul – In his 92nd year, John passed away peacefully at Extendicare Home for the Aged on Tuesday June 30, 2020. John, pre-deceased by the mother of his children, Nancy Haworth, is survived by his children Susan Pruyn (John), Tom (Karen), Jim (Linda), Paul (Darlene), Linda Burak (Swede), Don, Mary Ann Wright (Terry), Jane Lindsay(George) and predeceased by his son Gord (Tracey). He is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. John is also survived by his former wife, Bev Drynan, and her children, Tara and Becky. 

John is survived by his sister, Agnes, and predeceased by his siblings Joe, Sr. Mary, John; Conrad, Ann, Walter, Alois, Tony, Frank, Alphonse, Bert and Theresa. He was born in St. Catharines on December 7, 1928 to Sophie and Conrad Kretz. John had several occupations before he moved to Las Vegas in 1982 where he resided for 25 years. John spent his final years in St. Catharines near his family. He lived a colourful life, a fact well known by family and friends. John is to be cremated and there will be a celebration of life to be announced at a future date. In honour of John, donations may be made to your favourite charity.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Extendicare for the exemplary care that John received. May he rest in peace.


  • Dona Kretz Posted July 3, 2020 6:56 pm

    Please accept my deepest condolences to you all at the loss of your Beloved…Love Dona

    • Susan Pruyn Posted July 7, 2020 3:34 pm

      Thanks Dona, it’s tough in the pandemic. A new way of living for all of us.

  • Doris Fraser Posted July 3, 2020 6:58 pm

    Dear Susan please know you are in my prayers and thoughts along with the rest of your siblings…Doris Fraser and Family…

    • Susan Pruyn Posted July 7, 2020 3:35 pm

      Thanks Doris, appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

  • Muriel Joseph Posted July 3, 2020 7:00 pm

    Susan and family my thoughts are with you all ….Dona Kretz (Aunt)

    • Susan Pruyn Posted July 7, 2020 3:36 pm

      Thanks Muriel for your thoughts.

  • Paul Koziar Posted July 3, 2020 7:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss..Susan.. MaryAnn and Family..Love Paul.

    • Posted July 7, 2020 3:38 pm

      Thanks Paul from Mary Ann and the rest of my brothers and sisters.

  • Ron SAWATSKY Posted July 4, 2020 10:16 am

    My sincerest condolences to the Kretz family. It’s always the hardest losing one of your parents. Some of my best memories was hanging out at the Kretz family home. If it wasn’t the tree fort in the backyard it was playing nickel-dime poker in the basement listening to The Doors Light My Fire. And a few thing l can’t mention. Lol We sure knew how to have fun in those days. Your father became somewhat of a mentor for me and my cousin Mike when it came time to trying to beat the dealer in blackjack. Can’t tell you how many times we would talk about your father and his life’s experiences. I hope all is well with your family in this covid-19 life we are living in. And may the memories of your father never leave you without a smile on your face. Regards, Ron

    • Susan Pruyn Posted July 7, 2020 3:40 pm

      Thanks Ron for your kind memories. It’s funny how there were nine brothers and sisters and everyone came to our place. There was always something happening.

  • Rob Dobrucki Posted July 5, 2020 5:43 pm

    Susan and John, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you can find comfort in your family in these difficult times.

  • Jan Kretz Posted July 5, 2020 9:01 pm

    Peace to you Uncle John. I remember you as a vibrant spirit and a twinkle in your eye. May you delight the angels in heaven with your music.

    • Susan Pruyn Posted July 7, 2020 3:43 pm

      Thanks Rob. In our new covid-19 world, the lack of seeing people make the passing of a parent almost unreal.

  • Margaret Sirry Posted July 14, 2020 7:07 am

    Dear Susan , Tom, Jim, Paul,, Linda, Don, MaryAnn, and Jane
    My sincerest condolences to you all. Losing a parent is always difficult, no matter our age and during such strange circumstances ( pandemic) must make it even more difficult.
    I look forward to sharing memories if good times with you all when the times permit.
    Yehia and I met with a Uncle John about 23 years ago on our 1 and only trip to Las Vegas and Yehia loved to tell his friends all about our eccentric uncle!
    Hugs to all..

    • Susan Pruyn Posted September 13, 2020 7:46 pm

      Thanks Margaret. We will let you know about the celebration of Dad’s life when it happens.

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