Marlatt Funeral Home, Swackhamer Chapel

195 King Street West, Dundas, ON


John Mykytyshyn

January 21, 1932May 27, 2020

After a recent diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, John unexpectedly passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday May 27, 2020 in his 89th year.

Predeceased by his wife Alice of 52 years and son Walter. John is survived by fiancé of 9 years Jenny Okrainetz. John was happy and fulfilled thanks to Jenny’s love for him and the adventures they had together.

Father to Darlene (Mike), John, Linda (Alex), Donna, Kathy, and Ross. Dido (Grandfather) of Nathan (Heather), John, Carolyn (Jamie), Matthew (Samantha), Benjamin (Julia), Thomas, and Peter. Great-grandfather to Sloane and Riggs. Beloved brother of Stephie (Ed) and sister-in-laws Helen and Betty. Predeceased by his siblings Lena, Sophie, Roy, and Fred.

Born in Rama, Saskatchewan, John ventured out to join his sister Sophie in the big city of Hamilton. He worked at Firestone for 18 years where he met his future wife, Alice. John and Alice started a seasonal business on Van Wagner’s Beach called Walt’s Fish and Chips.

John was devoted to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Parish where he became a long-standing member of the Ukrainian Self-Reliance Association, TYC, Order of St. Andrew, and Board Member of The Ukrainian Credit Union.

Apart from his family, John’s biggest passion in life was the desire to create a residence where retired Ukrainians could call home. After years of hard work and dedicated fundraising efforts, the Taras Shevchenko Home For The Aged opened, providing affordable housing for seniors. John served as President from 1983-2020 and was the driving force behind the Home.

John lived a life of service and led by example. He selflessly gave of his time to numerous organizations. He was a lifetime member of the Dundas Lions Club and a proud recipient of the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship award. John was a long serving President of the Hamilton Hotel and Motel Association before becoming the President of The Ontario Hotel and Motel Association. John’s leadership in the Dundas community resulted in him serving as a Councillor for six years.

Through the family business, The Golden Valley Inn, better known as The Owl’s Roost, the Mykytyshyn’s became part of the fabric of the Dundas community. Anyone who walked through the doors were treated as family. The Roost, which operated for 33 years, was a place where it could be said that everyone knew your name, especially if you were on the barred list!

If you came across John’s path, he’d ask you for the money for the ticket you didn’t realize he had just sold you, making him consistently the best seller for the charities he supported.

For fun during his retirement, John enjoyed being the loudest and best-selling program vendor during sporting events and concerts at The Skydome and traveling across Canada with Monster Jam.

During these unprecedented times, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to the frontline workers and especially his care team at St. Joseph’s Five Mary Grace. Thank you to Dr. Mazzadi, Dr. Curran, Dr. To, Dr. David, and nurse Amanda for their care, compassion, and communication.

Special recognition to Dr. Shawn Mondoux for listening and pro-actively advocating on John’s behalf.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral will be private. We are unable to provide the send-off a legendary life like his deserves.

When we can hug and share stories we will gather for a Celebration of Life. The family requests no flowers or donations at this time.

John will be departing Dundas for the last time Monday June 1st at 12:00 noon from the Marlatt Funeral Home, heading East down King Street. If you are available and able to stand at a socially responsible distance along King St., we invite you to wave goodbye as he passes by.

May his memory be eternal (Vichnaya Pamyat).

Online condolences may be made at www.marlattfhdundas.com


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 1, 2020



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Gail Sullivan

June 11, 2020

Remembering John and Alice from the Hotel Association where my husband Pat and I enjoyed the fellowship.

Rest In Peace and God bless John and Alice.

Lisa Erb

June 7, 2020

Donna & family, I feel your pain and sadness. I know how much your dad meant to you and how he was loved beyond measure. I remember him to be a true gentleman as well as a gentle man. He has found peace in a time of turmoil. John will be remembered by many for the warm qualities he possessed …was kind, funny, loving, interested in people and loved his family … a rare combination in this busy world. The Angels have taken John to watch over Alice & Walter. Our hearts are with the entire family. With warmest thoughts, Lisa, Jeff, Danielle & Justine Erb

Brenda Embree

June 3, 2020

My sincere condolences to the Mykytyshyn family on the loss of your dear father. I have so many fond memories of our families getting together. I particularly remember how helpful and supportive both your dad and mom were when I was just 21 years old and planning my parent's 25th wedding anniversary. What did a 21-year old know about planning such a special occasion? Your dad was especially helpful in helping me budget for the event which he allowed us to host at The Owl's Roost. He helped me plan how much to sell tickets for and how many tickets I would need to sell to pay for everything. Your mom helped me plan and prepare the menu. Of course the event was a huge success in large part because of them. Your dad came to our house the next day to "settle up" - which did scare me a bit - but fortunately we stayed within budget. I will never forget their kindness to me. I know my late father has welcomed your dad in the great beyond with open arms and a drink. May you all find comfort in your memories of your father. Hugs!

Claude J. LePrieur

June 3, 2020

Yesterday, I was on King St. Dundas to wave goodbye to my good friend John. I have known John and his family for over 50 years. They treated me as a family member especially Mary. While working at the Owls Roost we had so many memories and laughs while enjoying the fantastic food made by Alice.
If you ever needed help , John was the man to ask and you know you would get results.
Rest In Peace, my friend.

Al (aka Rev) Chamberlain

June 1, 2020

Sorry for your loss, I made a point to get where the Owl's Roost was today and waved my final goodbye. I miss those long gone days of a few brews there, after work, and evening out. In my mind I can still see John behind the bar, and Alice serving a great meal. There was the rare occasion I would have been barred for a short time due to over indulgence. I still looked forward to coming back. But that was a long time ago, only kept alive by memory. I am sure that there are many that have great memories of those days. My sympathies to the close friends and family, Rev

Susan Byrne

May 31, 2020

John was one of a kind,the biggest heart I know.His love for his family and friends are awesome.I will miss him dearly, fly with the angles dear friend

Bohdan & Patricia Semkow

May 31, 2020

Our Thoughts and Prayer are with John and the Family.

Lynn Goruk

May 31, 2020

John was a person that made things happen. He was a proud Ukrainian/Canadian. An icon of Dundas and the Ukrainian Community, as well as the Hamilton community at large. A long and successful life, leaving a family and friends that will miss his presence in so many ways. May he rest in peace. Lynn and Bill Goruk

Arlene & Bob Mahood

May 31, 2020

Ah, Linda, Alex & Donna — We shared some fun times with John. Mainly, I remember our "friendly" competitions to sell the most programs. John had a big heart and loved you dearly, the best gift a father can give. Virtual love and hugs until we can do it in person.

Wil Maurer

May 31, 2020

God blessed us with you John. A big man, a big heart and a gentle soul. You will be missed.

Lion Wil Maurer