SPEERS, John Jacob (Jack) . October 28, 1925 – January 29, 2014 . The family of Jack Speers wishes to announce the passing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle on January 29, 2014, at the age of 88. . Jack was the loving husband to Lori, and dear father to Jane (Richard), David, Ken and Tracy. Loved and admired by his grandchildren Cody, Laura, Derek, Justin, Travis, Sean, Mariah, Coral, Sheye, Jenna, and Celine. He is survived by his brother and best friend Archie William (Elizabeth). Cherished uncle to Dianne, Bill and Peter. . Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he attended the University of Manitoba and was a member of the University basketball team, graduating with a Commerce degree. . He spent time in Prince Rupert, B.C., building ships during World War II. Jack then joined his brother to form Speers Petrochemicals in Edmonton and Winnipeg. He then moved to Vancouver and taught high school for 19 years at Burnaby Central and Alpha High Schools. . Jack had a passion for bridge and golf, and supported his community through numerous associations and volunteer work, including Richmond Youth Services and L'Arche. . He had a strong faith and was a devout religious man, as well as elder of a community Chaplaincy. . Jack was known as a kind and gentle man, curious about life, caring more about others than himself. He had a great sense of humour and positive outlook on life. We are all so thankful for the time we were given to learn from and love him. . Relatives and friends are invited to share their memories of Jack at the Funeral Service to be held at Ladner Gospel Assembly Church, 4979 44A Ave, Delta (Ladner), V4K 1E6, on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at the church. . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Jack Speers to the Irene Thomas Hospice, c/o Delta Hospice Society, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Delta, B.C., V4K 4L8. . Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040
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Published in The Delta Optimist from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014