SMC Memorial John Dinka Jr.
Name: John T. Dinka, Jr.
Born: September 28, 1936
Died: August 3, 2018 (81)
SMC Member: March 8, 2005 (13)
John “Johny” Tibor Dinka Jr., 81, of Grosse Pointe, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, after a four-year battle with cancer, with his family by his side.
Born Sept. 28, 1936, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to John and Mary Dinka, he was the oldest of three children. After graduating from Oakville Trafalgar High School, Johny began his 38-year career with Ford Motor Co. He was transferred by Ford to the United States in 1965 and retired as a buyer in 1994. While working for Ford, Johny earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from the University of Detroit Mercy.
His enthusiasm was building and renovating the family cottage on Little Whitefish Lake in Ontario. Johny also enjoyed years of playing golf, especially with the PUCCU Group, as well as hockey. He was an avid reader and crossword solver. Johny will be most remembered for his ardor of a good party, his smile and one-of-a-kind sense of humor.
He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Patricia; loving father of John David (Catherine), Trevor and Stephanie (Mike) and proud grandfather, “Pops,” of David, Jenna, Stephen, Maxwell and Simon. He also is survived by his brothers, Carl Dinka (Sue); sister, Gitta Mullaly (Ken); sister-in-law, Stephanie Ouchi; and nieces and nephews, Nicholas, Michael, Stephen, Kimmie, Kip, Kain and their families.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Ascension St. John Hospital and Van Elslander Cancer Center for their endless hours of support and care. The family invites family and friends to celebrate Johny’s life 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at Trattoria Serventi, 20930 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Johny may be made to Ascension St. John Hospital, Van Elslander Cancer Center, 19229 Mack Ave., Suite 10, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 Att: Catherine Patterson.