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John Steve Siray

October 17, 1939 - January 6, 2014


John  Siray passed away peacefully in the late evening hours of Monday, January 6, 2014 at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital at the age of 74 years.  John was born on October 17, 1939 in Lethbridge, Alberta to Andrew and Barbara Siray. 


John grew up in Shaughnessy, Alberta and at the young age of 17, he married the love of his life, Betty Jean Bunn on August 1, 1957.  His first job was in Nobleford at Noble Cultivators.  John’s occupations took them to many different locations – in Trail at Teck-Cominco. Dawson Creek as an instructor,  and here in Cranbrook as the Dean for Vocational School.  He helped acquire many new programs at the East Kootenay Community College.  He started the welding division , building the shop from the bottom up when it was still the East Kootenay Community College.  He was President of the BC Vocational Association.  John was a born leader and would let any one know what his opinion was – whether you wanted him to or not!  John could never be still and at times had at least three jobs on the go.  His later years were spent running the Family Framing shop with his wife, Betty.  Many times, he would donate pictures he had framed to families of sick children.  Always trying to be of a help to someone in need.

John coached many hockey teams over the years.  He was the President of the Cranbrook Royals Senior League and was a part of winning the Allan Cup in 1981-82.  He was always there to help a soul in need and would give the shirt off his back to help another.  He had a passion for trying to help out troubled kids.  One of the recipients of his kindness came back to let him know that he was “passing on the kindness” that he had received from John.  John will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know him.

John leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 56 years, Betty; his three children; Debbie Siray, Susan Siray and John (Kim) Siray and his grandchildren;, Kyle, Jessie, Mandy, Cindi, Candace, Cody, Scott and Katelynn.  He also leaves behind 14 great grandchildren and his good friend George Wade.

John was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Barbara Siray, two brothers Lou and Les Siray; his dearly loved grandson Jonathan Siray and his best friend and companion, Ben.

A Service to Celebrate the life of John will be held on the May long weekend.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s memory to the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, 1690 Matthews Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 2T2.  Condolences may be left for the family at


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From: Sharon & Joseph Cross
Relation: work

Betty, and family, we are sorry for your loss. John loved children and found many ways to support them and others in our community. He will be very much missed.

From: Bertha Andrews
Relation: A wonderful friend through framing

Dear Betty & Family…

I was so saddened when I read in the paper that John had passed away and I send you a great big hug. I enjoyed meeting him through your appropriately named business “Family” Framing. He was such a great family man and in our conversations, I know that family was the most important thing in his life, especially you and his children and grandchildren. I will miss his teasing and his reminiscing on his experiences in life.

From: Luella (Lally) Siray
Relation: Sister-in-law

So hard to believe – all three of the brothers gone -Louis,Leslie and now John. What a threesome they were. Either joking around or at war with each other. John you were just the best brother-in-law one could have. You were the keeper of family treasures. You preserved our past with your beautiful framed works. Thanks for being a part of our lives. All the best to you Betty. We wish you well. You have a wonderful family to support you. David and Lally

From: George and Penny Der
Relation: Dear friends

Words cannot express our deep sadness when you told us about John. Special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. We are left with very fond memories of John and the love he showed to us. Nothing can ever take away the love a heart holds, dear fond memories linger every day, remembrance keep them near. Love always.

From: Ellen Perrich
Relation: Neighbour for 19 years

I am so saddened by John’s passing. He has been such a wonderful neighbour, confidant, cheerleader for my kids and I over the years. He was always ready to help out if needed. I will miss the harvest from his garden, his humour and the many conversations shouted over the fence. RIP John and Ben.

From: Sherry Halliwell
Relation: Friend

Betty i’m so sorry. If there is anything I can do please call 250-489-1770.

From: Denise Russell
Relation: Neice

John always had insightful things to say to me about my immediate family issues, he would not sugar coat it, and for that I was grateful. We didn’t visit often and we were not as close as I would have liked to have been after my father died but I have thought about the family very often over the years. My heart goes out to my Aunt Betty, Cousins; Debbie, Susan and Johnny.

From: Patricia and David Stock
Relation: Parkland School Band and through Ernie Ireland

Betty and family, David and I are sorry for your loss. David always appreciated John’s framing of his art work and the conversations they would have. We both appreciate the friendship he shared with Ernie Ireland. For me, I remember his assistance as Pres. of the Band Association, what a tremendous father he was in encouraging John, Jr. to work hard on learning Trumpet. I was inspired by his dedication as a father. David and I wish you wellness.

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