The passing of John Hans Torunski of Fredericton, NB, husband of Maxine (Hawkins) Torunski, occurred on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. Born on October 17, 1934 in Montreal, QC, he was the son of the late Joachim and Margarete (Sturz) Torunski. John was a retired Director/Instructor with the Maritime Forest Ranger School.
He was also an adherent of Greenwood Drive Baptist Church. John was actively involved in the Fredericton North Rotary Club, Fredericton Tree Commission, and the Canadian Forestry Association. Over the years, he was also very active in several other forestry and community organizations. He was an avid skier and also enjoyed gardening, woodworking, camping and spending family time at Davidson Lake.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by his son, Stephen Torunski (Joni) of Hanwell, NB; daughters, Tara Cowan (David) of Rothesay, NB and Cindy Torunski of Fredericton, NB; brothers, Wilfred Torunski (Donna) of St. Stephen, NB and Peter Torunski (Denise) of Stittsville, ON; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Justin Cowan; Brandon, Brock, Brodie and Michael Torunski; several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation by request of the family. A Memorial Service will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm from Greenwood Drive Baptist Church with Pastor Gordon Cook officiating and Rev. Jim Cowan assisting. Reception to follow at the Church. Interment will take place at Douglas Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Greenwood Drive Baptist Church Building Fund, Chalmers Hospital Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice. Special thanks to Dr. Gordon McDonald, Dr. Debra Gowan, Extra Mural staff and Palliative Care nurses. Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com.