Delay, John Peter

DELAY WFebruary 8, 1941 – July 20, 2015
at the age of 74 years

Celebration of Life and Reception:  Friday July 24, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Fischer’s Funeral Services

John passed away July 20, 2015 at 74 years of age. Born on Feb 8, 1941 in Guelph Ontario, he is survived by his wife (Kathy), daughter (Estelle), son (Evan), sister (Pat), 3 grandkids and 2 great-grandkids.

John’s family moved to Mallardville, BC and then to Prince George. In Prince George is where John started his over 35 year career with the Ministry of Forests. On August 1, 1964 he married Kathleen Carol Bearman. John loved the outdoors, which included both hunting and fishing.


  1. John hired me back in 1993 as a firefighter. He hired me over the phone (I was living in Vancouver, he was working in Salmon arm), without having met me and without posting for the position, and without me having any experience. Someone gave me his name and I just called him, asking for a job. Back then it was very uncommon for a woman to be on the fire line and no-one else would give me a chance.

    I worked as a firefighter, and eventually, as a fire course trainer, for the next 16 years. Those years were some of the best in my life. If he hadn’t taken a chance on me I may have never had the chance to experience all that I did.

    Though I didn’t see him much after I started firefighting, he was always a fatherly and encouraging presence in the back of my mind. I will always be thankful to him for his faith in me; that faith gave me the chance and the confidence to continue and excel in a field where women were not always welcome or taken seriously.

    I am truly sorry for your loss, he was a great man, and will be remembered.

    Sincerely, Rebecca Robertson

  2. I don’t know if you are the person to send this to, hope so.

    I only had a brief contact with John during the loss of his friend in a patrol plane accident several years ago. Was a tragic event, but allowed our friend ship to develop. A fine man. Will be missed by many I am sure.
    My regards to his family, please.

    His friend, Stan Lowrey.

  3. I am so very sorry to hear that John has passed away. I considered him a valued friend and colleague in the short time I worked at the MOF in Salmon Arm. Later he encouraged and helped me begin my training in visual management. Such a lovely and thoughtful man….I will never forget him. I hope your memories of him will sustain you and guide you in the future.

  4. dear Cathy and family
    we are so sad to hear about John’s sudden death.
    Our deapezt sympathy and love to you and your family.
    You are in Our thoughts and prayers.
    John and Julia Mumedjian and family.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. It was always such a please to work and visit with him. He had such a passion for the trails and rec sites.

    My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

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