Passing of Maj (Ret’d) John Vintar Sr. CD

Hello Association Members,


Were sorry to hear and inform you about the passing of Maj (Ret’d) John Vintar Sr. CD.

More details will follow.

Hello Association Members,


Details for Major John Vintar Sr:

John (Janez) Vintar, February 20, 1929 – August 1, 2016.

John Vintar was reunited with Jesus, his mother, Angela, and his father, Gregor, Aug. 1, 2016, at the age of 87.

Beloved husband of Therese for 63 years, loving father of Gregory, Alan (Jacquelyn Waller) and John (Jacqueline Smith) and treasured grandfather to Alan and Jacquelyn’s children Tessa, Graydon and Luka.

John came to Canada at age 5 from Vintarji, near Velike Lašče, Slovenia. He grew up in Timmins, trapping, fishing and hunting. He earned his BA at the University of Western Ontario, and returned to Timmins as principal of Broadway School where he met and married the love of his life, Therese Charette. When John was invited to be geography master at Toronto Teachers College, they moved to Leaside, and John went on to receive his B.Ed, M.Ed and Ed.D at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Vintar taught from elementary to graduate school; his administrative positions included Director of Education for Huron-Perth while living in Stratford, and Superintendent of Personnel at Dufferin-Peel while living in Mississauga.

He was appointed to the Senate of York University, served on the Education Faculty Council at both York and U of T, and received many honours.

He served with The Algonquin Regiment and The Royal Regiment of Canada, retiring with the rank of Major. He was awarded the Canadian Decoration for service.

John paid homage to his homeland when he researched and wrote the book From Lipa to Maple, on Slovenian emigration during 1920–1940.

After his retirement, John and Terri became very active grandparents to Tessa, Graydon and Luka.

A kinder, gentler, more honourable and loving man has never walked this earth. Close and extended family and his many, many friends will miss him desperately until we see him again.

John will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Slovenian Church at 739 Brown’s Line, Toronto, August 13, 2016:

10 am visitation,

11 am Mass,

noon–2 pm reception.

If desired, memorial donations can be sent to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Slovenian Church, or the Canadian Slovenian Historical Society. Messages of condolence are welcomed at