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JAMIESON, John Vernon
John, born at Vancouver on December 16, 1914 to Edgar Archibald Jamieson and Bessie Bradshaw Jamieson (nee Wass), passed away suddenly of natural causes in the early morning hours of February 1, 2013 at the age of 98. John was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Elizabeth Jamieson (d. January 14, 1966). He is lovingly remembered by his children: Katherine Nott (Phil), Eric Jamieson (Joan) and Sydney Fitzpatrick (Ed); grandchildren Eve Chase, Graham Nott, Amanda Jamieson, Ian Jamieson (Carlie), Bryan Fitzpatrick (Shiran), Laura Fitzpatrick, Alan Fitzpatrick; and great-grandchildren Summer and Lauren Chase, Angelica Lopez Fitzpatrick and Jessica Jamieson. John loved to recall stories from his carefree youth: caddying at Jasper, hiking Hollyburn Mountain, mining with his Dad at Walhachin and traipsing around early Vancouver when street cars and horse carts were still in use. His inquisitive mind and a chemistry set once had his mother and her tea-party guests scrambling for cover. He was especially proud of his time on the UBC rowing team. John was enrolled at UBC, applied science, when WWII broke out. He enlisted in the R.C.A.F., achieving the rank of Flight Lieutenant, Naval Coastal Command 160 (B.R.), Yarmouth, N.S.; 10 (B.R.), Gander, Newfoundland (North Atlantic Squadrons) and was tickled that when he graduated, his father, being the senior rank on base, pinned the wing to his chest. He used to joke that he served overseas (Newfoundland was not yet part of Canada). At the end of the war, then married to Ruth Jamieson (Edmonton, May 22, 1945), he joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce (later became the CIBC), serving around the province in a variety of capacities, the friendships he made there lasting a lifetime. He retired in 1976 as manager of the Main and Pender branch. He had many interests, not the least of which was woodworking, gardening, canoeing the Bowron Lakes, hiking Cape Scott and the North Shore Mountains. The house that he had built in 1955 was the one he left on February 1 for the last time. He will be remembered for his generosity to both family and others in need. We will miss you Dad. We would like to thank his doctors, caregivers (daughter Syd and care worker, Hilary), the DVA, CNIB and community responders (paramedics and the R.C.M.P.) for their support and compassion. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In John's memory please donate to a charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Feb. 9, 2013
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