The Russian at 87. Shovelling snow for me.
John Lazarhoff
  • 89 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 7, 1922
  • Place of birth:
    Shebekino, Russian Federation
  • Date of passing: Oct 5, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Wawa, Canada
May God bless and keep you always, May your wishes all come true, May you always do for others, And let others do for you, May your heart always be joyful, And may your song always be sung May you stay forever young

This memorial website was created in the memory of our beloved father, grandfather and husband, John Lazarhoff, 89, almost making it to 90, born on October 7, 1922 and passed away on October 5, 2012. We will remember him forever.

Our family will not be having a funeral at this time, however, we will be holding a memorial for our Dad at a later date.  We hope that you will take a moment to remember our special father and, if you have a story or tribute you can share with us, please do.  We take comfort in the memories you share with us and we appreciate your contributions.  We will continue to visit this memorial to our father as it grows with everyone's shared memories and tributes. We hope that you will check back occasionally, also, for more photos and stories in the next few weeks. Even though he is gone, he will  never be forgotten.    


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Nadya McKay on 7th October 2017

"Hi Dad - remembering you on this special day you were born and missing you always. I hope that you are with Ben and watching over us and know how much I love and appreciate you! One day, we'll meet again and celebrate xoxo"

This tribute was added by The Lazarhoff Family on 17th June 2016

"Always missing you, Dad...Until we meet again..."

This tribute was added by angela binda on 6th October 2014

"It is hard to believe that it has been 2 years already. Love looking at your pictures. I will always remember the good laughs we had. Loved your sense of humour.  Hugs."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Lazarhoff on 6th October 2014

"Happy birthday Papa.  I love you. I miss you.  Please tell me, How is heaven?"

This tribute was added by Elissa Skirdine on 6th October 2014

"Time flies by too quickly, but you will be remembered forever.  You were always very kind to us and that I will never forget that."

This tribute was added by The Lazarhoff Family on 5th October 2014

"You left us 2 years ago, today. Missing you and thinking about you, dear Dad - love forever..."

This tribute was added by Nadya McKay on 11th November 2013

"Today is Remembrance Day - I am pausing to remember you with love and pride and all of the brave soldiers who courageously fought for our freedom.  It is difficult to understand the sacrifices that so many have made as so many of us are far-removed from the ravages of War.  Thank you, Dad - with loving thoughts today and always..."

This tribute was added by Elissa Skirdine on 8th October 2013

"John (Uncle John in Wawa as we called him) was always generous and kind to me and my son Christian.  His kindness will always be appreciated as will the thoughtfulness of the whole family."

This tribute was added by The Lazarhoff Family on 7th October 2013

"Happy Birthday to our beloved Dad!  It has been a year since your passing and now this special day of your birth.  Always dear in the hearts of your family - you will be forever missed..."

This tribute was added by Nadya McKay on 5th October 2013

"Missing you so very much, my dear Dad. The leaves are turning color; this is the season of your birth and your passing.  Your favorite time of year when hunting season starts and you can enjoy your time in the forest with friends.  I'll always have you near and dear to my heart..."

This tribute was added by angela binda on 1st September 2013

"I thought the world of John.  He always liked a good laugh. I worked in the bakery for him as a young teen. My first real job. He always treated me so well. I loved running into him on the street and having our little chats as the years went on. He was a special person to me, he will be sadly missed. Sending you my hugs John, and to your family. Rest in peace and go be with God."

This tribute was added by The Lazarhoff Family on 19th August 2013

"A Russian Tribute to you Dad - your favorite singer:

Russian Dancing:"

This tribute was added by Nadya McKay on 2nd March 2013

"Spring is coming - always thinking of you.  A beautiful Russian folk song with images from Russia.  I think about how you had to leave your home country - I know Russia was in your heart.  I will always keep you in my heart too.
(highlight and open link below)"

This tribute was added by Nadya McKay on 24th December 2012

"Today is Christmas Eve and I am thinking about you Dad; as always you are never far from my thoughts.  I am proud of my Russian roots and heritage and will be serving up a Russian feast to family and friends in your honor.  Merry Christmas/Frohe Weihnachten!  I miss you so much; you're always in my heart."

This tribute was added by Kerry Munroe on 20th October 2012

"We always enjoyed John's company whenever we got together. Where ever you are I hope you are hunting, and fishing, or picking blueberries. You really knew how to enjoy life and we were happy we got to know you. Happy Trails.
Love Rod & Pat (in-laws)"

This tribute was added by Kerry Munroe on 20th October 2012

"To Nadya and the rest of the Lazerhoff Family,
Russ, Madacen, and I are very sorry for your loss. We got to know John during his many trips to Calgary visiting his daughters. We will remember him for his friendly smile and big laugh. He was so lucky to have very supportive children that were there for him during the last stages of his life. He will remain in your hearts forever."

This tribute was added by Ali McKay on 18th October 2012

"I'll never forget my Opa's jokes (his dark, Russian sense of humour was the best), his advice ("Why are you learning to drive?  Go find a husband and make him drive you places!"), his musical performances (opera, organs and accordions were among his skills) and, most of all, his unwavering love for his family.  I miss you and love you lots, Opa."

This tribute was added by Elissa Skirdine on 18th October 2012

"John was always very kind to me and my son Christian.  I will remember his as a warm and friendly man who enjoyed life.  He will always have a place in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Terry Robb on 18th October 2012

"We were neighbours of the Lazarhoff's for many years on George St. in Wawa. My most memorable reflection of Mr. Lazarhoff was that he was always smiling and always took the time to talk to the younger crowd. That was so important to us as teenagers. Many years have passed since last saw John but the image that is in my mind is still a welcoming broad smile. Sorry for his families loss."

This tribute was added by Debbie MacDonnell on 17th October 2012

"I hung around with Nadya on occasion while in high school and I'll always remember your dad as a business man who wasn't afraid to take a gamble.  He was always a pleasure to talk with!  Thinking of your family and sending condolences your way."

This tribute was added by Roland Luthi on 15th October 2012

"My sincere condolences to the Lazarhoff Family. Our family has had many fond memories of days gone by that will never be forgotten.
Johann you will be missed & may you rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Eva Kratzenberg on 15th October 2012

"Even when you were many, many kilometers away from us all over the years. We enjoyed it always so much and had lots of fun, when you were with us in Fulda, Germany. We will miss you !!! Rest in peace, Onkel Johannes !!!"

This tribute was added by Don Gervais on 14th October 2012

"Lots of good memories, John always took the time to acknowledge George's friends, he even visited my work site twice in BC and told me how proud he was he was there when my Dad passed ,how can he not touch you with his kindness , see you one day Big John...."

This tribute was added by Hans Lüthi on 14th October 2012

"Three years ago we where together once more in the bush near Wawa. A place we so often spend together hunting.I couldn't believe then  that it would be the last time. I have lost a very good friend and hunting partner. After we did leave Wawa we cam together many times over the years and always enjoyd a hunt or fishing trip. We had so many good times which I now miss with you very much."

This tribute was added by Michelle Latulippe-Higginson on 13th October 2012

"I will always remember your warm smile as you worked hard at the bakery and Sylvia and I helped. You were always kind and telling jokes and I felt like a family member too. You helped raise great kids who I hung around with Sylvia and sometimes George. I love your grandson,Jamie and your memory will live on. Gone but not forgotten,"

This tribute was added by Nadya McKay on 13th October 2012

"You are missed every day, Dad.  I am glad that you have found the peace that you deserved. Always joyful and "young at heart",  In my mind, you will always be "forever young".  I love you!"

This tribute was added by Sylvia Lazarhoff on 12th October 2012

"I love you. I miss you. I wish you were here. Not just because you are my Papa, but because you were so much fun to be with. I'm so glad that you visited us often in Calgary and that I have lots of photos and video clips to help keep you vivid in my memories."

This tribute was added by The Lazarhoff Family on 12th October 2012

"It's hard to believe that you're actually gone - you've been a part of our lives for so long.  We are forever grateful for the sacrifices and the hard work you've done for us.  Your legacy remains in the hearts and memories of all who knew and loved you.  We will miss your ready smile and booming laughter, warm hugs and love.  Hard to let you go but  comforted that you are at peace."

Leave a Tribute:
Invite your family and friends
to visit this memorial:

Subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when others contribute to this memorial.

This memorial is administered by:

The Lazarhoff Family


Have a suggestion for us?

We are waiting for your feedback!