John was a man of innovation and vision. His perserverance and contributions have made this country a better place than he found it. Without the likes of John and Art from Lions, STARS might never have been born.
It was a priviledge to have known you. Rest in Peace.
All of us who had the vision of STARS will be forever in Johns debt for the efforts he made to make sure we were successful.I always enjoyed my time with him.HE WILL BE MISSED.
It was a pleasure to know and work with John at many STARS and Lions events.
John's passion, humor and commitment to his family and community has made a difference. His dedication as a volunteer was an inspiration to many. I remember asking him one day why he enjoyed volunteering so much and he responded with "A million reasons...it's a bit like being a pioneer. A good neighbour asking what can I can do for you."
He will be grealy missed.
Pamela Ison Reilander
Very few people ever get a chance to see one of their passions grow to such a wonderful, life saving endeavour. I was fortunate to meet and know John as a Lion and only later did I come to understand his contribution to others. We should all aspire to give of ourselves in the way John did, he cast a tall shadow.
Lisa, Janis & families
Our condolences to both of you and your families on the passing of your father. Our association with your dad goes back many years, first through our Lions connection, and as founding directors of STARS Air Ambulance. You can be very proud of your dad's dedication to Lions and for his commitment to STARS to ensure of its initial and continuing success. It is commitment such as his that went a long way in STARS becoming the success story it is today. Pat and I attended many Lions and STARS functions with your dad and mother, and your dad and I would often reminisce about how difficult it was to keep STARS in the air in the early years.
Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the Celebration of John's life as we will be out of the city.
Hopefully our condolence will get to both of you and your families this time as I must have pushed the wrong button as my previous message did not get through.
Art & Pat Hironaka
We were saddened to hear this week, of the passing of our beloved friend and ambassador for STARS.
John was a founding director of STARS and an incredible volunteer, humble, generous with his time, and always with great humour and stories! John can be credited with being one of the reasons STARS is here today. John was District Governor (DG) of Lions District 37-E in 1985-86 and with that role he was able to select a charity for funding and project support. John selected STARS to be his DG project after a meeting with Dr. Greg Powell and others, where he became thoroughly committed to the STARS vision and mission. The rest is history. The Lions became the founding donor and is recognized as such in perpetuity. John remained on the STARS Board of Directors until 1991/92.
John and his wife, Daphne, covered miles and miles of Alberta geography as STARS volunteers and ambassadors. He never said no to those long trips to the far reaches of the province, and as long as she could, Daphne usually accompanied him. We will all miss John, and now both Pantons, with their passing in this past year. Our thoughts and very fond memories go out to their daughters, families and extended family.
-Founder Dr. Greg Powell,Linda Powell; Andrea Robertson, President and CEO; and the entire STARS Family.
I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father, I remember him as a bit of a character, a fun person always with a smile. I also recall baby sitting Lisa and Janis when I was thirteen. My thoughts are with you and I will make a donation to STARS.
Lisa & Janis,
I am saddened at the passing of your dad and sorry that I will not be in Calgary on Friday to attend the Celebration. I have many good memories of John, Daphne, Gordon and I enjoying our lives as neighbors, parents and of our children playing together, especially Lisa and Cathy.
Blessings Donna Traub
Thoughts and prayers to the family and his friends I knew and worked with him @ STARS and he and daphne left a lasting legacy
We were deeply saddened to hear of John's death, he was one of nature's gentle men. He and Daphne were very kind to us when we were new Lions making sure that we felt comfortable at some big functions. John always had a joke for us, usually poking fun at the two Brits (in a nice way), we will really miss him.
His involvement in the community was admirable and I am sure that you all must be very proud of him - we are.
We are so sorry for your loss.
Pat and John Gazzard
Lions Don & Sylvia Zuber have had the distinguished pleasure of meeting P.D.G. John on several occasions since 1976. In celebration of his life we reflect on the many treasured moments, many with humour, that He shared in our lives. P.D.G. John was a true gentleman. Our Best Wishes with our condolences.