River Ryan

It is with heartfelt sadness that we, the family of John Joseph Wolodka, announce his sudden passing on Thursday, January 4, 2024, in Palliative Care at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, due to an aggressive form of cancer.

Born in Sydney, on August 14, 1978, Johnnie was the son of Ann Marie (Wells) Wolodka and the late John Wolodka. He grew up in Whitney Pier and was an associate agent for Cooperators – Tom Farr Insurance Services for the past 15 years.

Throughout his life, Johnnie enjoyed many past times, especially spending time with his family and creating memories. Johnnie loved kids and was a father figure to many. In his early years, he was a youth peer tutor as well as a volunteer with Scouts Canada. He held a position as the president of the Whitney Pier Youth Club for many years and was also the chair of the SAC at both Mira Road and Shipyard Elementary. Johnnie also volunteered at the breakfast program and was known as the “fruit man” and brought watermelon in for the kids.

Johnnie loved being surrounded by children and children gravitated to him. He loved throwing birthday parties and helping to create many of the core memories that he felt all children needed. He was a safe space, ensuring no child was hungry or cold or went without. Johnnie was a Big Brother with Big Brothers/Big Sisters Canada, and his Little Brother, Sean was important part of his life.

Johnnie was extremely proud of his Ukrainian heritage and loved celebrating holidays like old Christmas and teaching his kids about Ukrainian culture with food, especially since he loved to entertain people. He enjoyed his epic adventures being the strongest barbarian and the most mischievous pirate while playing his favorite video games, Diablo, and Sea of Thieves.

Johnnie will be remembered for his infectious smile and “Hey Buddy” greeting. You don’t know the definition of a hug until you’ve received a Johnnie Wolodka hug. Johnnie was known to give the best hugs and never let go first. We’ll always remember nights on the town bringing home treasures, summer barbeques and white Russian challenges. Who didn’t love daddy tickles, couch cuddles and movie nights. Not to mention dudes’ night, Beerfest, and being the master of surprises. Escape rooms, metal detecting with the kids, late night chats as well as random heartfelt messages that tugged at your heart strings. If someone has never had a “Johnnie” in their lives, they aren’t fully living theirs.

Besides his mother, Johnnie is survived by his fiancé and soul mate of 15 years, Andrea Hutchison; daughters, Emma and Molly; sons, Matty and William (Andrea Neville); sister, Wanita Wolodka (Joey); niece, D’Anna Wolodka (Steve) and their children; cousin, Boo Boo who is like a brother, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

Besides his father, Johnnie was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Peter and Annie Wolodka and maternal grandparents, Frank and Annie Wells.

The right people for your soul hear you differently, show up differently, support you differently and nourish you differently. Without the mention of these people would mean forgetting our village: Allison Milley, Nadine Hutchison-Murray, Andrea Long, Jennifer Corbett and David Dean, Stephen Joseph, Jenn Gillis, Linda Hutchison, Jackie Carrigan, Parker, Cooper and Chloe Murray, as well as Autumn and Sebastian Mrazek.

Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at QE2 in Halifax, New Waterford Consolidated Hospital and the Regional Hospital, especially 4B and the palliative care unit. We can’t thank you enough for the care Johnnie received. A special thanks to Leanne Assoun who came into his life as his guardian angel and took care of him and his family during his stay.

Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of John Wolodka will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Private interment will take place at a later date.

For those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.

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Donations in memory of John may be made to Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

Online Condolences

Dear Marie and family: Glenn and I are so saddened to hear of Johnny’s passing. We dealt with him at the co-operators and he was always so helpful and would do anything he could for you. He always appreciated everything Glenn did for his Mom as we live across the street from her and he never forgot to say it. A wonderful young man gone way too soon 💔
From:  Glenn and Susan Keough

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of John. May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to the family.
From:  Autar & Vijay Munshi

Dear Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of John’s passing.
From:  Ralph and Mary Neville

Prayers to all the family at this difficult time at John passing .
From:  Elizabeth & Albert Murphy

Rest in peace cuz you will be missed dearly.
From:  Debborah Wolodka

So sorry to hear this tragic news about John. I worked with John many years ago at the Delta. He was one of the first people I met there. Always upbeat with a big smile to greet you. Super nice guy.
From:  Joanie Eldridge