Venables, John William

October 16, 1931 – March 19, 2018
at the age of 86 years



  1. I am thinking of Jack today and am reminded of his gentle nature. I remember him and Patricia in happier times when I hosted their wedding reception on Salt Spring Island. They had a love of adventure and a love of life. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to the whole family and especially to dear, Patricia.

  2. Jack was a lovely man, full of life and adventure. I have known the family for years and also worked with Jack at Venables Machine Shop in the 1970s. My husband and I visited Jack and Pat on their boat in Maple Bay a few years ago. He will be missed.

  3. It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew.

  4. John (Jack) William Venables
    It is with great sadness that we acknowledge Jack’s passing from a stroke on March 19th. He leaves behind his devoted wife and partner, Patricia, her family, his brothers and sister and their families, his step-children, nieces, nephews and cousins, and the many friends that touched his life.

    Jack was the first son of Irene & Hector Venables, born Oct 16, 1931 at Saskatoon City Hospital. He was followed by sisters, Reta and Elaine, and brothers Roger, Doug and Don. Jack attended Caswell School and started working with his Dad at Venables MachineShop, on Avenue B, while still going to Saskatoon Tech.

    Jack spent his career building the business and moved Venables Machine shop to a bigger and better location on 50th Street. When Jack retired, the Venables shop was purchased by the employees and Jack headed West.

    His mechanical aptitude had him modifying cars. Reta particularly remembers an old Model T and also sitting in a Hudson sedan that Jack had chopped down and customized to be a roadster. He also built a couple of his own homes and in his retirement he and Patricia tackled the building of a GlasAir aircraft.

    His adventurous spirit took him to the skies, piloting his own aircraft, roaring down many highways on his motorcycle, later with Patricia, on her own bike. They met while she was helping him recover from a traffic mishap. Together they acquired a sedan-bridge yacht and sailed it around the San Juan Islands, up the inside passage and along the Pacific coast .

    Jack always loved dogs and had many throughout his life; Beto being last faithful furry friend.

    Jack lived in and around Saskatoon then moved to Salt Spring Island. He and Patricia moved to live on the yacht in Maple Bay near Duncan, until they settled in Enderby to be near the grandkids.
    We miss him.

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