In Memory Of


John Allan Salsbury

Mar 7, 1972 - Jun 5, 2021


Saturday, June 12, 2021
11:00 am
Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church.

To Join Zoom : Meeting ID: 964 4761 2535
Passcode: 964989


Kuusamo Cemetery


Private Services will be held.


John Allan Salsbury

It is with overwhelming sadness that we say goodbye to a beloved husband, father, son, and brother. John Allan Salsbury passed away surrounded by family in Red Deer on June 5th, 2021 at the age of 49. He leaves behind to mourn his beloved wife Carmen, daughter Sara, and sons Jonah (Alyson), Noah (Janaya), and Ethan. His parents Roy and Ann, brothers Frank (Karyn), Jim (Lisa),Neil as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

John was born on March 7th, 1972. His family moved to Glendon in 1975 where he was raised with his brothers on the family farm. Growing up on the farm fostered John’s love for the outdoors. There was lots of fishing, hunting and hockey in the driveway. In 1992 he met Carmen, the love of his life. She too loved the outdoors. On July 9th, 1994 they were married in St. Vincent Alberta. They were blessed with their four children and have created many years of memories together. The family settled in Sylvan Lake in 2000, and have called it home ever since.

For the last decade or so John worked as an outdoor salesman in Red Deer, but prior to this he was a passionate Optician. Working as an Optician gave him the opportunity to give the Gift of Sight while on various mission trips around the world. He spoke fondly of these trips and how helping people see warmed his heart.

John was a devoted family man and was tremendously proud of his children. John was the guy who always showed up and was happy to lend a hand to anyone. He was actively involved in his kids activities and spent many years coaching their sports. John and Carmen especially loved taking the children out camping, horseback riding, and on road trips. John loved spending time with family and friends, he loved to fish, hunt, quad, sled and scuba dive. He also enjoyed playing cards, baseball, curling, dancing, and going to the movies.

John always had a smile on his face and a joke on his lips, and his kind humorous spirit will live on through all of those he left behind.

Friends and family may pay their respects on Friday, June 11 between 6-8 pm at Sylvan Lake Funeral Home.

Private Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, June 12 at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church with Fr. Les Drewicki officiating.

Zoom Link for those who wish to join or Or just go to Zoom Sign in and join the Meeting:

Meeting ID: 964 4761 2535

Passcode: 964989

If desired, donations in the memory of John can be made to the Jumpstart Foundation or to the OneSight Foundation through LensCrafters.

Sylvan Lake Funeral Home are in care of arrangements. Call 403-887-2151.



lucy (lucienne) and dennis matthews VANCOUVER, BC:

We are sad with the passing of JOHN.
OUR CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS TO you, to his wife sand family, and to the relatives,
lucy and dennis

Henry Effon:

John we crossed path on the soccer fields across Central Alberta, thank you for your love of soccer and the many kids you've coached. So sad to hear about your passing.
May the Saints and Angels lead you home, until we meet again.

Kevin and Colleen Halwa:

Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your amazing husband, father, son and brother! John was always there with a helping hand wherever he was, whether it be at the church, sports or school. We will remember him with fondness and a smile. He will always watch over you in all that you do. We will hold you up in continued prayers as you journey through the coming days and weeks.

Laddie Hyvonen:

So vert sorry for your loss Carmen

Perle Campbell:

My sincere condolences Carmen to you and your family, my thoughts are with you.
If there is anything I can do please call !

Vivian Coderre:

Very sad to hear of John’s passing and My heartfelt condolence to Carmen and the family.
John was a great guy and would always share his humor with us all on Parish Council at the Catholic Church. He was a family man who truly loved his family. He loved God and his church. May he Rest In Peace.

Darren Pickering:

Could always count on John having a smile and good for a friendly conversation around the arena or wherever. Such heartbreaking news for the family.

The Battenfelder Family:

Our hearts go out to John’s family and friends in this time of sorrow. John was a good man and touch many in our community. My prayers go out to Carmen and the kids.

Kerry Boothe:

I’ve known John for a lot of years through sporting associations and work. I’m completely shocked and saddened by this news of his passing. A very kind and respectful person. He will be miss. Condolences to Carmen and the family

Kurt Hannah:

Very Sad news for Everyone,Condolences to the Salsbury family with Heartfelt Symphony.
Had the pleasure of meeting John & Carmen and their children years ago while getting involved in Rec hockey. The kindness of the whole family,thoughtfulness and caring from each one of you will always be remembered. I coached with John my first year in the rec league and we had lots of laughs, fun and it was so easy to be around John. His patience, passion and parenting skills were top notch on the ice and off to the soccer fields. Carmen both you and John are always soo kind and approachable people. Please take care and stay strong.

Ryan Cromwell-Cravo:

I met John back in 2007, in Cluj-Napoca Romania during a Gift of Sight global clinic. It was a pleasure and honor to have met John and worked alongside him. My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family during this time. May his memories give comfort his family and that you can find joy in that he’s in heaven looking down on them.

Thorie & Dale Andreas:

We are so very sorry to learn of John's passing. We share in your sadness.

Kim and Dave McOuat:

John was the person who brought generations together - such a great communicator who put everyone at ease. What a special gift!
We both attended Glendon School and were reacquainted in Wetaskiwin. Always felt bad that our German shepherd pup thought John was so tasty….

May his soul Rest In Peace, memories eternal.

Red Deer Construction Association:

Our deepest condolences to the Salsbury family on behalf of the Red Deer Construction Association and it's members. John was a valued asset to our local construction industry for many years. The people he served and the many friends he made reflects on the type of person many of us knew and respected. John served as a Director on the Board with the RDCA from 2010-2013 and was involved in many initiatives that have helped outline the vision of where the association is today.
The Red Deer Construction Association is honored to have had the opportunity to work alongside John.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Tammy Olson :

My deepest condolences to Carmen, Sara, Jonah, Nolan and Ethan and the entire Salsbury family. The are no words to express the deep sorrow. I will forever remember John as a true friend and mentor. I worked with John for Central Alberta Soccer for several years. His tireless dedication to so many Community organizations including Sylvan Lake Soccer will leave a legacy that few can surpass. You could always count on John to be there as a volunteer Coach, Board Member, Referee and countless other jobs in both Sylvan Lake and Central Alberta. He was insightful, a great sounding board and always kind. The type of person everyone could always count on. Your smiling face will always be missed.

Marcia Bunch Anderson:

My heartfelt condolences to the Salsbury family. My family and I feel honored and blessed to have known John and to call him a friend. I will never forget what he did for my boys in rec hockey, in soccer, and also teaching me how to coach hockey. His kindness, teachings, guidance and support will always be remembered. John was one of a kind, and he will be missed greatly! Our thoughts are you with you all.

Brian Gallagher:

John was the guy who was there when you asked for help. I worked with him on the church parish council and knew him as a friend and a fellow Catholic. He told me he loved the church and I knew this by his actions and how he lived his life. He was a great example to his children and the community; on compassion for his fellow man.
Kathy and and I were very sad to hear of his passing and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. We extend our hearts to the family at this time and our shoulders if they need a place to lean upon. God will now take him to his heart and you will meet him again.
Brian Gallagher

Al, Holly, Dominique, Riley & Gabriel Bilodeau:

We are so shocked and saddened to hear about John's passing. Our entire family sends love & prayers to you all. John was such a kind hearted man and will be missed greatly by many. Our thoughts are with you and your whole family right now.

Audrey Kwiatkowski:

My heart goes out to the families.Many found memories with the family.My thoughts and prayers are with you all RIP John

Coralee Forster:

Condolences to John’s family. So many great memories of John and his big laugh. Sending hugs

Andrew McDonald and family :

This loss is so sad my condolences go out to the family and friends , I just had lunch with you a few months ago .
We will miss you brother

Riley judd:

He coached me when I was in midget, showed my so many life things that I will always carry for the rest of my life

Mary Blair-Schick :

Carmen, we are so sorry to hear of your loss and send our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God’s love and guidance help you through this journey.
Jim and Lisa, our sympathies to you and your girls during this difficult time.

Peter Kriaski (Vanderhoof BC):

Sending my deepest condolences to Salsbury family
Really sad finding out about Johns passing
will never forget when we first met
In grade 7 you played a big role in my life thank you and Rest In Peace
Until we meet again and we will

Dale Westergaard :

Our deepest sympathy to John's family. John coached rec hockey and his team often played against our Caroline and Rocky Mountain House teams. I always enjoyed visiting with John at the games. Upon meeting John I immediately knew he was a genuine husband, dad, family man and leader of faith.

Bev & Chris Shaw:

Sending our heartfelt sympathy to all the family and friends ! May all those special memories help you though the difficult days . Sending hugs and prayers to you all.

Keri Pratt:

We had the blessing of John being our daughter’s soccer coach. He was an excellent coach, and he willingly gave of his time and talents to coach the team. He taught the kids hard work, dedication, fair play and team work. He will be missed, we are grateful to have known such a wonderful man.

Kelsie & Chad Hanlon:

Very sad to hear of the passing of John. Sending lots of love and prayers to the Salsbury family during this difficult time.

Roger Lamontagne:

So sad to hear! My condolences!

Jean-Guy :

My deepest condolences Carmen and family. May he Rest In Peace.

Johnny and Bev Fewchuk:

Sending our deepest condolences to the family and we are very sorry for your loss

Denise Billo (Cherniwchan) Rita, Rachelle,Luc and families :

So sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We send your family strength and love through this difficult time.

Carol McMillan :

Carmen and family I am so sorry for your loss My thoughts and prayers as with you and you family. Stay strong

Raymonde Jordan:

Our Deepest Sympathies to Carmen and all the Families! May John RIP.

Dwayne and Jennifer Johnson and family:

John was an integral part of the community and left his fingerprints everywhere, impacting people's lives, including ours. John was soccer and hockey coach for all 3 of our boys, and we have fond memories of games, practices, tournaments, motorhome camping, and great visits. He was a great man and will be greatly missed.

The Broks Family:

Gregg had the great pleasure of working with John on the Sylvan Lake Blizzard Soccer Club. John was the foundation of the club for at least a decade. And because of that Brandon, Mya and Mark benefited from playing the sport of soccer. He was respected for his dedication, patience, enthusiasm and love of the game. He will be greatly missed.
Our condolences to his family.

Tom Woyke:

As a family we appreciated John and the great impact he had on rec hockey in Sylvan Lake. Always willing to lead and help out with a big smile on his face. He brought joy to our life. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with You all.

Marie Loch:

My deepest sympathy to the Salisbury families. Prayers for strength and comfort

Ryan & Carla Kranenborg :

John will be missed dearly. We spent may times at work talking, we worked for many years. He was a great family man and was always talking about his wife (Carmen) and the kids. He will be truely missed. Ryan

Kenton Woyke:

I am very sad and sorry for the loss of John. John coached my brother and I in rec hockey for a number of years. Those were my most enjoyable years in rec hockey for sure. He would always cheer us on and remind us of the number one rule, “have fun”. My prayers are with you all.

Ryan Yasinski and Clare Miller:

Very sorry to hear about Johns passing. He was a great man and I will always remember him fondly. Condolences to all the Salsbury family.

Terry and Frances Loch:

our condolences to the family

Garry and Nadine Kissel:

We would like to express our sincere condolences to the Salsbury family. I had the pleasure of watching John progress through his grades in Glendon School where he was very active in all aspects of school life. Our thoughts are with you.

Gordon and Colleen Filipchuk:

Our deepest condolences to you all. Such a sad loss, but such a good life lived.

The Blough; Fowler; Cote family :

Our deepest sympathy to the Salsbury family. Our prayers are with you all.

Michael and Giselle Boucher:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Lisa & Mark Lundgren :

Our sincerest condolences to the Salsbury family. We are so sorry for your loss.
~Rest in Peace John~

Jodi Smith :

Sending love and prayers to you all at this time! John was such a kind and faith filled man. I will remember him so very fondly! Hugs to you all!

Rosentreter Family :

Our deepest condolences to the Salsbury family. We were blessed to have known John and have spent time with him in the many conversations sitting in the stands watching the boys play volleyball & basketball. Not too many games did John miss. Our boy was lucky to have spent time with the Salsbury family on sleepovers, boating/fishing on the lake, hitting balls at the driving range. John was a wonderful father and a great person. He will be missed by a community who knew him. The family and friends of John are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sandra and Frank L'Ecuyer:

Our heartfelt condolences to the Salsbury family. The Salsbury family were great neighbours back on the farm. Fond memories growing up. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.

Barry and Marilyne Kissel :

I (Barry) had John work for me in the summer of 1989 renovating Glen Avon School in St. Paul, AB. We had a great time sharing stories traveling to and from work. Our condolences to the family.

Leigh Corbiere :

My sincerest sympathies to all of the Salsbury family and all extended family. I always enjoyed my conversations with John and his spirit and faith were incredible. He was always a family first man who would do anything for them. I pray for you all.

Floren and Kate Lefebvre:

To a special family, may you cherish your memories of a special husband and father. All our love from across the ocean.

Alana Routhier:

My heart is with you during this difficult time. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Jim Sevenson:

My sincere condolences. John always had a good story to tell and made me laugh. He was a wonderful man and will be missed.

Bart & Patricia Rutherford:

Sincere condolences to Carmen & Family. We always enjoyed John's company when we worked next door to him. A visit from smiling John always brightened the day. He was a very kind soul. Rest in Peace JOHN.

Beth Burroughs (Mageau):

To Carmen and family, I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We’ll be praying for you and your family. Stay strong

Karen White:

My deepest sympathies to the Salsbury and Hanlon families. Hugs to all of you!

Joe and Brandi Tiller:

Sending our deepest condolences to the Salsbury family. We are so very sorry for your loss.

Lana Keating:

We are so sorry for your loss, Carmen and family. John truly was one of those incredible people who touched all who met him. He always took time for others and was so generous with his time, talents, and treasures. His absence will be felt forever in the hearts of those who knew him.

Joyce Thrush:

So sorry to hear of John’s passing. My thoughts are with you.

Danielle Lacourse:

Our heartfelt condolences go out to each member of the Salsbury family! Though we are miles apart please know we are with you all in spirit and sending much love your way! Danielle, Mark, Alexandra, Ryan and Kyle xo

Sherri and Kirk woolsey and family:

Our hearts go out to Carmen and the kids. Your in our thought and prayers xoxo John will be deeply missed .

Tim & Lori Mearns and family. :

Our thoughts and prayer are with you during this time.
John left a legacy as a result of his passion for the community of Sylvan Lake, his love of sports and the ability to influences the kids he coached.

Greg Bendera :

Our hearts go out to you and your family Carmen. He was a great man with a great heart. Take care.

The Cunningham Family:

Our hearts go out to your family as you grieve the loss of this incredible man. John’s generous heart and positive outlook benefitted our lives and the lives of so many in our community and beyond. He was an amazing coach, and community volunteer who we can all look to with admiration and appreciation. Our community is a much better place because of John and his presence will be sorely missed. We will never forget his many kindnesses or the way that he approached both people and experiences with open arms, an open mind and an open heart. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and may fond memories of John comfort you through the pain of his loss.

Albert and pat Karas. (Glendon,Alberta:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire Family. Sorry for your loss

Thérèse and Jerome Amyotte :

So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Carmen. Sending our sincere condolences to you and your family. Xox

antoine and denise gratton:

so sad to hear about john stay strong our taughts are with you and your lovely family

Bruce, Kathy & Samantha Makaruk:

Our deepest sympathy to the Salsbury family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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