BELTZ, John Edward June 23, 1923-October 31, 2013 . A teacher and a lawyer, John led a rich and varied life. John was passionate about the environment. He founded the Right to Quiet Society at a time when few were aware of acoustic pollution; he was active in the establishment of Friends of Cypress Provincial Park Society; he called for action against coal-bed methane gas extraction in the Similkameen Valley. As a child John lived in Indonesia and became fluent in Dutch and Indonesian. He attended high school in Lausanne, Switzerland, where schooling was in French and where he learned German as well. He returned to Vancouver at the outbreak of World War 11 to complete high school and went on to UBC. After graduating from UBC in 1943 John joined the US navy. He was assigned to Indonesia in 1945 where his language skills in Dutch and Indonesian were invaluable. An exciting early life! While John loved to travel in Europe, in Germany and France in particular, he was also happy to be "at home" in North Vancouver and in Princeton. Until the last few years he walked, preferably uphill, every day. John was predeceased this year by his brother Bill Beltz. John leaves to mourn his sons Gerrie and Rolf, his daughter Janet and her children; Lyn, his loving and loved partner for 24 years, her children Ilga, Leva, Arvid and her grandchildren; relatives and friends. A memorial for family and friends will be held on Sunday, November 17 at 2:30 PM at Lynn Valley Library Community Meeting Room: 1277 Lynn Valley Rd., North Vancouver. Donations may be made to Right to Quiet Society or to Friends of Cypress Provincial Park Society.
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Published in The North Shore News from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2013