A Memorial service for John & Mary will take place Sept 12, 2015 at the Silverdale Community Centre in Mission. Interment at the Hatzic Cemetery in Mission BC.
Our Dear Dad passed away in the early morning of July 11 at the age of 95. He passed following a brief illness at the Piccadilly Care Centre in Salmon Arm BC with his family by his side.
Predeceased April 29,2014 by Mary, his wife of 65 yrs. Survived by sons Garry (Becky) of Winnipeg, Ron (Judy) of Mission, daughter Bonnie (Roy Peterson) of Salmon Arm. Grandsons Brian (Erin), Greg (Sarah), Brad (Emily), Andrew, Bryn, Kean. Great-Grandchildren Nick, Austin, Maddox, Noah, Cole, Madeline, Claire. Sister-In-Law Bea Parkes
John was the last surviving member of his family, pre-deceased by 3 brothers and 1 infant sister.
John was born in England Aug 17, 1919 and was the 3rd of 4 boys born to James and Harriet. The family immigrated to Canada when he was 9. They lived in Ontario 5 years before moving to Mission in 1935. Later his older brother Jim joined them from Ontario and the brothers took over their uncle’s dairy farm farm in Silverdale, which they farmed until it was sold in 1972.
John met Mary at a dance at the Matsqui Hall. She had come from Alberta to pick strawberries. They were married Aug 1948 in Mission. They raised 3 children on their dairy farm.
John & Mary retired to their new home across the highway on their hillside property on Silverdale Ave. He took pride in; the wine he made from fruit they grew, the vegetable & flower gardens, and the many rock retaining walls he built. Passing cars would stop to admire the beautiful landscape he had created.
Being community minded, John ran for and was elected as a Councilor for the District of Mission from 1973-1983.
John & Mary traveled extensively during retirement.
In 2006 they decided to move to Salmon Arm when it became too difficult to maintain his large lawn & gardens. John and Mary enjoyed 5 good yrs at Lakeside Manor. Their failing health required more extensive care and in 2011 they moved into Piccadilly Care Centre. He made it a point to know every care giver by name & appreciated their attention when needed.
Losing Mary the love of his life and his constant companion was very difficult for him.
The Family wishes to thank the staff at Lakeside Manor & Piccadilly Care Centre for their compassionate care. A special thank you to DR Grant McCallum.