IRVING, John R
September 9, 1920 - October 7, 2013
John passed away peacefully on October 7 in Chemainus, British Columbia. He was 93, the last survivor of a large Calgary family of five girls and three boys. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Trudy (Gertrude Macmillan), and children Joan (Jim), Kathy (Rob), Barbara (Tim), John (Mary) and Doug (Wendy), as well as 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. John graduated from Western Canada High School, Calgary, and attended the University of Washington
but left in 1942 to join the Royal Canadian Navy. His service on a mine sweeper and a destroyer deeply marked his life, providing lifelong friendships and a love of seafaring. He was aboard ship in Northern Ireland when the war ended. A family man, a businessman, a church man and an artist, John both loved and was loved. A service in celebration of his life will be held at Chemainus United Church on October 19 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice.