June 13, 1933 – November 6, 2023
at the age of 90 years:
John passed away peacefully with his family by his side on the morning of Monday, November 6, 2023 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Vernon, British Columbia.
He will be remembered by his daughter, Lynn; granddaughter, Melissa; sister, Rose; as well as numerous relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 43 years, Barbara; son, Warren; sister, Lorraine; brother, Arnold; brother, Bernhard; and his parents: Bernhard and Elizabeth.
John was born in Leroy, Saskatchewan on June 13, 1933, although he grew up in Glenella, Manitoba alongside his siblings.
In 1950, John and his family moved to Mission, British Columbia where he worked in construction alongside his father before eventually getting a job at BC Tel in 1954.
He met Barbara, the love of his love, soon after. The two wed on May 10, 1958 and went on to have two children: Warren and Lynn, which they raised in Chilliwack.
After his retirement, John and Barbara relocated with their daughter to the North Shuswap community in 1993.
John cared about his family and was a devoted grandfather to his only granddaughter; always proudly proclaiming that he spoiled her. He had a talent for woodworking, a passion for fishing, and had a knack for forging connections with just about anyone; something that was very apparent whenever he would go out for a coffee and end up finding someone to talk up a storm with.
The family would like to offer thanks to the staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Diabetes Canada or the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
A private service will be held at a later date.