In Memory Of


John Richard James Bauer

Feb 6, 1951 - Feb 26, 2021


  A private family service will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Sylvan Lake Funeral Home, followed by interment at West Meadows Cemetery.


It is with great sadness, that the family of John Richard James Bauer announce his passing. John passed away in Sylvan Lake of a heart attack on February 26, 2021 at the age of 70.

He was born in Drumheller, Alberta, to John and May (Pliva) Bauer on February 6, 1951, the oldest of four children.

John was a dedicated teacher and administrator. He was an avid athlete, referee, and sports fan, completing many marathons, including the Boston marathon twice. He had a passion for travel. In his retirement he and his wife spent many winters in Arizona and enjoyed going on cruises. John was very proud of his children and always treasured time with his grandchildren.

He will be dearly remembered and greatly missed by his wife Debbie and their children Tamarea and Daralee (Magnus),and his grandchildren Ailsa and Merric, his siblings Christine, Leonard (Moira) and Timothy (Corina), and extended family, colleagues, and friends.

John was predeceased by his parents and an infant daughter, Tracey Louise.

Memorial donations may be made in John's name, to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Mac and Ruth Kufeldt:

We are saddened to hear of John’s sudden passing.....Our most sincere condolences to you Deb.....and your family.....John was a great athlete and always did more that his share both on and off the Ball field.....our wish is that all the great memories will sustain you through this very difficult time....loads of love and prayers.....Mac and Ruth

Lorna Landry:

My deepest sympathies to the Family of John Bauer. He was a wonderful, kind man and an excellent teacher. As an EA at Bentley School I was in many of John's classes - especially in the gym and always admired his way with the students. All the staff and students thought very highly of Mr. Bauer. He will be greatly missed at our school - he was like one of our staff members. It is my hope that all your wonderful memories will, in time, bring you peace and comfort.

Suzanne Annable:

My condolences to John's family. John was an amazing person, and it was a priviledge to work with him for the past three years whenever he substituted in Bentley. He had an incredible sense of humor and was one of the most personable people you'd ever meet. The staff and students here adored John. John will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

Jason Hazlett:

I will forever miss Johnny, as I always called him. John and I conversed on just about every topic you could think of and even a few more that you could not ... I am saddened to say Goodbye to a good friend and fellow staff member. I know the teachers will miss John, almost as much as the multitude of students who knew him. I looked back on my phone at all the texts John has sent me over the years and was amazed that most of them were just friends talking as friends do. Upon his sudden death, I realized a huge void has been created as I shared that with John. I will cherish the time I had knowing John and look forward to chatting with the students who forever admired the ultimate sub! I hope Johnny is reffing a game "up above" and we know it will be judged fairly, as he always treated anyone in his presence and especially the students.

Brent B Buchanan:

John was a beautiful soul and my life has been blessed knowing him as a colleague and friend since first meeting him in Mirror School. John was always positive and had a good sense of humour. John was a Master Teacher and easily developed relationships with his students. John’s touch will be felt throughout the ages. May your family be blessed during this difficult trial in your life. As you celebrate John’s life remember to enjoy the trail of beautiful memories. Have faith, be strong and know that you're not alone.

Ted Jardine :

Far too early! John was such an upbeat individual. He loved the kids at the school and enjoyed working side by side with his staff ensuring students were well looked after. He officiated many of my daughter's high school and college volleyball games and always enjoyed giving back to community sports. You certainly have left this world far too early but in a better place, my friend! Glad I had the opportunity rub shoulders with you John. Till me meet again in heaven John. Take care.

Stephen Lush:

I have so many great memories of John. He was my go-to person when I needed a substitute teacher. I could call him at any time and he would drop everything and come in and cover for any teacher I needed coverage for. He spent a lot of time covering my classes as I was away for meetings and needed a sub I could count on. John was that sub, not only did he make strong connections with the students he also let me enjoy my time away because I didn't have to worry about classroom discipline.
He was a friend, mentor coach and confidant if I needed to bounce ideas off of him. He always had the school and student's best interest at heart. I will miss our time together and the many memories you provided along the way. Bauer Ball will be a warm-up game for a long time.

Larry Kjearsgaard:

We started as young teachers in Consort many years ago and spent the last several years as elder referees. Along the way there were many road trips and shared memories. RIP John . . . you will be missed. My thoughts are with Debbie and the family.

Maxine Whitehead (Taylor):

Thinking of you, Debbie, at this time. I have lots of good memories from working with John on staff at Eckville Elem. for many years, and he always showed such pride in the many pictures of his family in his office.

Karen Barnes Olechowski:

Deepest sympathies Debbie and family. I worked with John during my first few years of teaching in Eckville. He was an incredibly supportive administrator and treasured friend. To this day I include him in the stories I tell my students. Stories of fun, teamwork and great leadership. His memory will remain with me forever.

Doug Mackay:

So sad to hear of John’s passing. I will always remember the many weekends that we spent together reffing volleyball in and around Camrose. Our prayers are with you all!

Bonnie Pacholko :

Condolences to all of John's family and friends. It's a sad day when you hear of a great guy, teacher, volleyball ref and mentor has passed away. You will be missed by all that knew you. You have taken my girls under your wing in the volleyball refing community. I will always be greatful for that and your friendship. R.I.P. John

Jayson Lovell:

John was a passionate, dedicated educator and colleague to many in our Wolf Creek family. He inspired through sharing his experiences and beliefs about teaching and learning, leadership, the power of fitness and sport, and family. He will be remembered and missed dearly. My most sincere condolences go out to his family.

Glen and Jeanette Magneson :

We are thinking of Debbie and family at this time of sorrow. I reflect on our time at CLC playing basketball and living in dorm. John has made a huge impact on many through school and sports. Take care Bauer and Norton families. Glen and Jeanette Magneson

Ian Wilson:

I am very saddened to hear of John's passing. I have great memories of him at Admin Association meetings and how he brought smiles to those around him. For the last few years he attended the Substitute teacher orientation sessions and just before I presented to the group, he'd say, "You'd better be good today. I'm evaluating you." And then we'd have a good chuckle. My sincerest condolences go out to his family.

Tim Lekas:

I met John early in my career and always enjoyed our conversations. He was passionate and enthusiastic; the type of educator, coach and athlete I aspired to be. He will be missed by so many. My condolences.

Maryann Armitage:

John was a mentor and a leader. As a first year teacher he taught me how to have fun while setting high expectations for students. It was always with great pleasure that I honked my horn at him as I passed him running to work along highway 12. I know he appreciated it more then he showed! His smile and wry wit will be missed.

Sonja Dykslag:

John had a tremendous impact on my life as an athlete and as an administrator. John coached the men's basketball team in Camrose when I played on the women's team. John was positive, supportive and always fun to be around. I remember fondly the stops at Bonanza with the teams and 3 hours later we would walk out because John always knew when it was the all you can eat shrimp dates -- they restaurant did not make any money off of those visits. Later my path crossed again with John when I became an administrator for the County of Lacombe/Wolf Creek. John was always positive, realistic and willing to advocate for his home school in Eckville. In later years John had the opportunity to ref myself and my kids -- he let me get away with a lot!
John will be deeply missed. My thoughts to the family, he was a truly amazing guy!

Scott Lewis:

A man who believed in laughing a lot and enjoying people and being a positive person. I'll remember him as a good, decent, delightful man.

John Walker:

Sorry to learn of John's passing. Although we had but one year working together, he proved to be an excellent choice as my successor.

Lyle Lorenz:

I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear of John’s passing. He was a dedicated educator, passionate about sports and fitness, and devoted to his family. I always enjoyed our conversations, whether it was at an administrators’ meeting, in the gymnasium, or on the track/playground during a P.E. class. I will miss his friendliness and friendship, and will always remember that warm smile whenever our paths crossed. Rest In peace, my friend and colleague. My sincere condolences to Debbie and family, and may a lifetime of memories help get you through this difficult time.

John Walker:

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on John's passing. We only worked together for a year, but he proved to be an excellent successor.
John/ Sharon Walker

Sherry Haarstad:

John was a very special guy. He was a substitute teacher, for many years, at Bentley School where I work. He was truly a member of our school family and made a positive impact on both staff and students. We shared a mutual love for morning coffee and I always knew when John was at our school because the coffee was already made.
I feel very fortunate to have known him and will miss him very much. My condolences to his family.

Cliff and Dorothy Watt #51 :

Our sincerest condolences on the passing of John . He will be missed in the neighbourhood.

Joan Hanton:

One of my favourite and inspiring memories of John was hearing that he started running long distances in middle age - there were times when I was running that I kept his determination in my head so I could complete my goal. Daralee, Magnus, Ailsa and Merric will miss him so very much. Thinking of all of you.

Zoë Lorenz-Boser:

My condolences, Mr. Bauer was the best substitute teacher I’ve ever had and I always enjoyed his sense of humour and dedication to athletics. I will truly remember my time with him for the rest of my life.

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