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Jovan ‘John’ Banjac

February 23, 2023

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Jovan “John” Banjac. Cherished companion of Barb Wilson. Proud father of Christine Banjac and Kimberley Banjac (Ryan). Brother to Lily (Milan) Malobabic and Savka (Milan) Marijan. John was a special Papa to Isla and Noah Wideman. He will be missed by Barb’s daughters, Lindsay (Jeremy) Wideman and Erica (Mike) Kmicik, the extended Skipper family, and many friends. John is reunited with his parents, Mladen and Ilinka, and infant sons Christopher and Alexander.

Please join us for a celebration of John’s life on Monday, February 27, 2023 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at The Springs Restaurant, 310 Springbank Drive, London, with remarks and prayers at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John can be made to the Humane Society London & Middlesex.

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We were sorry to hear of John’s passing. Regina and I have called upon John for assistance several times and he was always willing to help any way he could. He was a very good neighbour. He will be missed. May he Rest in Peace. Our condolences to Barb and family. Sincerely, Steve and Regina Currie

~ Steve and Regina Currie

I was so saddened to hear the news of John’s sudden passing. He was a wonderful colleague and was always so quick with a smile and words of encouragement. It seemed like he just retired. Gone way too soon. My heart goes out to Barb and John’s family. You are all in my thoughts. I know you have wonderful memories that will last forever. Hold onto those memories at this very difficult time. RIP, John.

~ Donna Williams

John’s sense of humour and charm made work fun and always interesting. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with you Barb and family.

~ Lana Jensen

John became a member of Oakridge Optimist a number of years ago. As fellow of Serbian origin I enjoyed Jovan’s sense of humour and especially his service to community. He will be missed and special condolences to Barb and the family.

~ Mike Miletich

John became a member of Oakridge Optimist a number of years ago. As fellow of Serbian origin I enjoyed Jovan’s sense of humour and especially his service to community. He will be missed and special condolences to the family.

~ Mike Miletich

Barb, I’m so very sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathies. I remember our time all working together with such fondness. Gone much too soon, may his memory be a blessing.

~ Julie Huot

Barb, deepest condolences to you and the entire family. John was always such a pleasure to be around. Always going out of his way for others. He will be missed.

~ Matt May

Dear Barb, My condolence's to you at this difficult time, John was a true gentlemen and heaven certainly gained an angel. RIP Banjac you will be missed xo

~ Denise Del Giudice

John’s beautiful soul - with his 100% authenticity, amazing (often cheeky) humour, and true generosity and acceptance of everyone - will be remembered always. He was a great friend and we feel so honoured and lucky to have enjoyed good times together. Our hearts are hurting so much for Barb, and for his family.

~ Virginia & Ron

Barb & Family, very sorry for your loss. I knew John during my "Canadian Tire" days, before I came to 3M. I had many great experiences with him over the years. What I remember most is his smile. Sometimes a happy smile and sometimes a "mischevous" smile, like when he was being asked for his monthly or yearly forecast numbers. Rest in Peace John.

~ Dave Tobin

Our deepest condolences to the whole family. He was such a great colleague and friend. He will truly be missed . RIP buddy .

~ Robert&Ertha D’Anna

Heartfelt condolences to the Banjac family and friends. Considered John and the Banjac family, friends, the years we spent as neighbours on Bayfield St, Pickering. God bless John RIP my friend. ❤️y’all.

~ Derek Cunningham.

Sending love to Barb and John’s family. I will never forget how his eyes lit up and his wide smile every time he was in Barb’s presence. He had the most wonderful voice and laugh and seeing him always made the work day at 3M so much better. Rest in peace John. Heaven is opening the gates to a gem of a man. Sherry Browne and Dave Pawson

~ Sherry Browne

Barb , we are so sorry to hear of John's sudden passing . Our condolences to you & the Banjac family. RIP John Kristin & Andy Grougrou

~ Andy Grougrou

Dear Barb and family, We are so sorry to hear of Johns sudden passing. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. He will be missed by our neighbours here at Riverwood.

~ Cathy Kerkhof and family

I always enjoyed running into John at our Milton office and stopping to have a chat. He had a great sense of humor and loved cars . My sincere condolences to Barb and John's family.

~ Kirk Bradley

So sad to hear of John’s passing, Barb. Deepest condolences.

~ Diana Lone

Barb, thinking of you during this difficult time. John will always be with you….cherish the memories.

~ Pam Waeland

We are so very sorry to hear the news about Johns passing He was a very friendly funny man with great stories When we first met him we instantly loved him and his infectious smile. RIP John you will be greatly missed ! Our condolences to Barb and the families

~ Trevor and Lauren Poole

So sorry to hear about John. He was a great neighbor and will be missed. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

~ Jim and Eleanor Ramsay

Barb, Christine, Kim and family. I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts during this time, keep the memories you hold dearest close to your heart.

~ Megan and Kelly Family

Dear Barb, So sorry to hear of Johns passing. We are holding you and the girls in our hearts.

~ Thurston Cousins - Pamela, Brian, James and Linda

Our deepest condelences to the Banjac Family and Barb. John was a great guy to work with and sparring partner during karate. Thanks for the laughs and RIP dear John.

~ Chris & Adriana Koufis

So sad to hear of John’s passing. Had many great experiences working with John of the sales team and spending times together at the many sales meetings and incentive trips. Thoughts, prayers, and fond memories. Darrell Coutu.

~ Darrell Coutu

So sad to lose our colleague & friend. John was such a loyal 3Mer. May he rest in peace. Thinking of you Barb and families.

~ Lynn Hodgkinson & Doug Loveless

John was our next door neighbour for many years in Pickering. A better neighbour would be hard to find. We shared many great conversations, glasses of wine, dinners and always, help when needed. His legacy continues in his wonderful daughters Christine and Kimberley. Hugs from Annice, Jim, Mark and Michael Blair.

~ Annice Blair

Our condolences to you Barb May he RIP Basil and Sarah kelly

~ John Banjac

Very sad to learn today of John's passing. I will always remember him as good friend and valuable member of my Toronto sales team back in the early days of his 3M career. His smile and personality were infectious . He was loyal to his company, loved by his customers and admired by his peers. Cathie and I send our sincere condolences to Barb, her family , John's daughters , sisters his and extended family members. Rest in peace buddy.

~ Ron and Cathie Mabee

John was a wonderful man with an easy smile, wit and charm. We are terribly saddened to hear of his sudden passing. Our deepest condolences to Barb and family. He will be deeply missed but has left a lasting legacy with his kindness and warmth to everyone who knew him.

~ Mark & Cathie Hastings

I enjoyed workingwith

~ Greg Sportun

My deepest condolences to Barb & John's relatives. JB has always been an excellent colleague as we both started 3 decades ago as the original "3 Amigos COSD reps." covering GTA. Fond memories of comaradeship. RIP " Big John"

~ John Tang

So sad to hear. I always enjoyed working with John. He had such a kind soul and brought a smile to my face. He will be missed. My condolences to Barb and family.

~ Lynn Darling

Barb I am so sorry to hear such unexpected very sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

~ Dee Hampson

Barb and girls, we’re so terribly sorry for your loss. I only got to meet John a couple times, and each time he made me laugh. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you.

~ Monique and Joe Debus

My heartfelt condolences to Barb and the family. May the wonderful memories of John bring you comfort during these most difficult days. I will always remember Joh’s smile and always enjoyed running into him at the office to have a chat. May he rest in eternal peace. 🙏 Anne Becker

~ Anne Becker

Barb, Erica, Lindsay & Family So sorry to hear about John's unexpected passing. I had the pleasure of meeting him this past year and I must say he had a kind soul with a warm smile. Last summer, Erica had a flight cancellation going from London to Edmonton and I remember saying to her that she should fly out of Toronto instead of London the next day with me to ensure she gets back to Edmonton. But she didn't have her bags. So, with almost no notice, John woke up and drove from London to Toronto airport with Erica's bags just so she could make her flight just to drive back. And, he did it with a smile. His kindness and love was not unnoticed. Sending warm hugs and love from across the country. Serena Myles

~ Serena Myles

Barb and family, We are so very sorry to learn of John's passing. Rick and I send our sincere condolences to you and your family. We always appreciated John's efforts on our condo board, and he will be missed as a neighbour. May your fond memories carry you through these difficult times. Ulrike & Rick Webber

~ Ulrike & Rick Webber

Always a warm smile, a joke, and shared words of wisdom. I will never forget my first day at 3M with my desk sitting next to John and the years thereafter where he would always bring levity and a warm heart. Rest in peace dear friend!

~ Mark Macarios

So sorry to lose John … he was as a great guy. Thinking of you Barb, Lindsay, Erica, Christine and Kimberley 💕

~ McCaw Family

One of the "good guys" for sure. Always enjoyed working with John and the banter that went with it - always with a smile and kind words. Thinking of you and yours Barb.

~ Geoff Gibb

Barb, I’m so sorry to hear the sad news of John’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the families.

~ Bev Burns

Barb. So sorry to hear such sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Steve and Valerie Martens

A donation has been made to Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Barb & Family, ❤️ Our Sincere Condolences. John was a true gentleman who always had a smile and a kind word. He was an incredible neighbour. John will be missed by everyone. Cherish all your wonderful memories. ❤️ Linda & Ron

~ Linda & Ron Greason

Thinking of you Barb and your extended families on the sudden passing of John. He will be missed by so many.

~ Marilyn and Brian Piper

John, you were and will always be "one of the good guys". You were one of the few men I have known that didn't speak ill of anyone. Instead you always took the higher road. Your smile, your laugh and our fun and insightful conversations will be fondly remembered. Sincere condolences to Kimberly and Christine and all those who will be at a loss for losing you. Rest in Peace my Friend, Cameron

~ Cameron McCleery

Having worked with many over the years, John was always a ray of sunshine. Sharing in your sadness, and sending healing prayers.

~ Filomena Immucci

We share in the sadness and shock in Jovan's passing. We will miss his amazing smile and his beautiful soul. Jovan lit up every room he entered and always made each person feel special. He loved his family and friends deeply. May his light continue to shine and the twinkle in his eyes get brighter as he is reunited with family up above. Jovan will be missed. Sending our deepest condolences to Kimberley and Christine and the entire family.

~ Milos and Sonja Vujicic

John was one of the toughest men I've ever met, and also the most gentle. He was a pleasure to work with and a very strong advocate for the things and people he believed in. I'm a better man having known him.

~ Tim Hatch

Services for Jovan ‘John’ Banjac

Celebration of Life will be held at:
The Springs Restaurant
310 Springbank Drive,
London, Ontario

February 27, 2023 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Remarks during Celebration of Life will be held at:
The Springs Restaurant
310 Springbank Drive,
London, Ontario

February 27, 2023 2:00 pm

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