September 9, 1933 January 7, 2013
John moved on to explore the other side. He died peacefully at home with his loving wife Anne and daughter Suzette by his side.
John was predeceased by his father Reginald, mother Eileen, brother Robin, sister Betty, sister Jean, and son Anthony. Left to remember him with love daughter-in-law Dorothy Taylor Ontario, Matt Kelling (Laurie) Ontario, Claire Smith (Howard) Ontario, and Inlaws in Guernsey and England.
John was born in Guernsey Channel Islands. As a young boy he was evacuated with his school to England at the start of World War II and returned to Guernsey in 1945. At sixteen John left home and worked his way around England before joining the Merchant Navy. He travelled around Asia and helped to ferry the troops to Korea during that conflict. He returned to Guernsey where he met and married the love of his life Anne. They emigrated to Canada in 1956 where their daughter Suzette was born in October 1956 and their son Anthony in March 1958. John worked several jobs before getting the one he wanted with the North York Fire Department. He was a Fire Fighter for thirty years before he retired in 1989.
John enjoyed life, camping, fishing, gardening, time with his family and a beer with the guys. He won awards for his flowers and produce in Fall Fairs and twice won 1st prize for his gardens in competitions in Ontario. After the family moved to the Comox Valley in 1993 John belonged to the Legion and was very active, helping run the darts, crib games, and meat draws. He also enjoyed a beer at the Whistle Stop Pub with friends and lunch at Donnas Park Cafe. John had a real zest for life and was loved by all.
For every joy that passes
Something beautiful remains.
Thank you for the love and the memories.
A Celebration of Life and a Legion Poppy Tribute will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion branch 17 in Courtenay on Thursday January 24 at 2 pm. Refreshments provided by the Ladies Auxiliary after the service.
Special thanks go to Dr. J Matous and the Nurses and Care Givers of VIHA for the support and tender loving care. There really are Angels among us.
This obituary was originally published in the Comox Valley Echo (Courtenay, BC).