JAMIE PRAWDZIKPosted: September 29th, 2020
December 18, 1968 ~ September 23, 2020
Our beloved Jamie Joseph Prawdzik passed away in Medicine Hat on September 23, 2020. Jamie was born in St Boniface, Manitoba on December 18, 1968. Jamie’s memory will be forever cherished by his mom, Betty (Melvin) Oerlemans and his dad, David Prawdzik. Also devastated to say this premature good-bye are Jamie’s siblings, Kim (Jim) Schmidt, David (Beverly) Prawdzik, Dawn Prawdzik and Walter Prawdzik. Jamie loved his little buddy and sidekick, Howard. Howie was at Jamie’s side right up until the end.
Jamie will be remembered as a generous and loving uncle to: Travis, Ryan (Kerri) Unger, Tara (Doug) Critchlow, Alicia, Brittany and James Schmidt, Micheal Prawdzik, Tabitha, McKenzie (Brendan), Robert (Shelby), Thomas Davey, Walter Jr. (Samantha), Grace, Noah Prawdzik, Jenny (Barry) Steinhubl and his niece and Goddaughter, Mallory (Tanner) Cook. Jamie was a great-uncle to; Brandon, Devon, Cole, Taylor, Finlay, Hunter, Vaetta, Gage, Ridley, Brooks, Indie, Walter IV, Weston, Olivia and a great-great-uncle to Dion. With the recent announcements of three more babies expected this year to our family, Jamie loved to be in the loop and was so often a contributor and spectator. He took great pride in each and every one of his brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews accomplishments. Jamie has many aunties, uncle’s, cousins and friends that will remember him always. Jamie was predeceased by his brother, Jimmy Prawdzik; paternal grandparents, Agnes and Walter Prawdzik and maternal grandparents, Veronica and Joseph Pow.
Jamie attended St Mary’s and McCoy High School, and like many young men of his time, left school early to chase down the dreams that the 80’s oil boom had to offer. He joined his brothers across the prairies and up north. Jamie soon established his own name and reputation as a conscientious and hard working rig hand and he especially loved it when he became the driller and could mentor his nephews and friends alike. Soon the hire, fire and rehire began and sometimes the fire wasn’t even work related. Jamie was solid as a rock in his values, always for the underdog and tough as nails he was.
Jamie often would make his way to the west coast by thumb or by rail and eventually enjoyed driving the mountains in his crossfire. This is where he learned the art of carpentry. Never to just coast or sit idle, Jamie expanded his experiences by travelling the world to the Middle East and Africa, running crews as a Drilling Foreman and Rig Consultant. His overseas work afforded Jamie so many amazing opportunities of travelling the world and experiencing first hand the many cultures. He loved to give gifts and generously indulged those whom he loved. One would rarely ever leave his home without a story, a trinket or gift from afar.
Jamie was the baby of the family and especially close to his mom. She was protective of him and we all accepted him as her favourite. No matter where Jamie went his heart always brought him home. He loved family holidays, big meals and enjoyed hosting dinners at his apartment for those he loved, when he was in the ‘mood’. Jamie was the official pumpkin carver and wore the “suit” on more than one Christmas. He loved his sisters’ home cooked meals and took great pride in being a part of family celebrations and tradition.
Jamie was exceptionally smart and had an amazing memory for Science Fiction, Greek Mythology and History. As a young boy, Jamie loved his Marvel comics and even more, loved to explain the depths of his knowledge about each character as though he knew them personally. He was an avid reader, a Trekkie and a Storm Trooper. Jamie was a natural carpenter, was strong in virtue and if you were his friend he had your back and was fiercely loyal, sometimes to a fault. Jamie knew people world wide, was respected by many and loved by all.
A celebration of Jamie’s life will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this Funeral Service will be limited to 100 people. Those wishing to watch the service via Live Streaming are invited to click on the link on the website at www.cook southland.com just prior to the service time. Jamie had a long list of those who would have been honoured to do one last act of love for him and you are all remembered in our hearts. He will be carried to his final resting place by his brothers, David Prawdzik, Walter Prawdzik; nephews, Micheal Prawdzik, Robert Davey and good friends, Tim Ismond and Ed McLaughlin. If friends so desire, a charitable donation in Jamie’s name may be made directly to the Medicine Hat and Redcliff Kidsport, P.O. Box 40009, 255 Southridge Drive S.E., Medicine Hat, AB., T1B 4S6 or The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 119 – 14 Street N.W., Calgary, AB., T2N 1Z6. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at www.cook southland.com) Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel Crematorium & Reception Facility, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455 www.cooksouthland.com “Locally owned & directed”