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FIDDES, John Raeburn "Jack"
July 27, 1922 - Sept 24, 2013
Jack passed away peacefully the evening of Tuesday September 24th. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years Doris Lily by eight weeks. Jack was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, immigrated to Canada at age two and grew up in a large family of modest means in Verdun, Quebec. He earned a scholarship to attend high school, from the Saint Andrews Society, where he met Doris Mayhew who lived a block away. They fell in love and married Jan 2, 1943. Jack spent WWII, in the UK, as a Captain in the tank corps, resigning his officer's commission in 1947. After the war Jack built a solid career in public warehousing and in 1955 was a co-founder of Seaway Storage & Cartage Ltd. In 1960 the family moved to St. Bruno, where he along with seven other local gentlemen received the Ed Ford Trophy as Sportsmen of the year for furthering the development of the youth of St Bruno through sport. Jack had a passion for opera, played hockey until age 65 and was an avid golfer who routinely won club championships. He was also instrumental in establishing the St Bruno chapter of the Legion and for erecting the cenotaph at Lac du Village, honouring those who fought in our wars. Jack and Doris are forever celebrated by their eight children, six boys and two girls. Their 6 sons; John Raeburn Jr. (Jessica), Alan Henderson, (Joan), Gary Thomas (Ida), Stephen Rolly (Beverly), Stuart Ernest (Sue), Ross (Annemarie), and their 2 daughters Deborah (James), Elaine (Michael) are scattered across Canada, and the US. They are loved by their 13 grandchildren, their 13 great grandchildren, one great-great granddaughter and brother in law Jim (Barbara) Mayhew. Jack & Doris will be remembered by all their relatives, many friends and acquaintances they encountered during the 50 years they resided in St-Bruno de Montarville. A celebration of life, visitation & interment of Jack with Doris at Mount Royal Cemetery, is planned for summer of 2014.


Published in The Gazette on Oct. 5, 2013
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