Johan (John) LOTZ

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LOTZ, Johan (John) November 21, 1909 - November 19, 2011 Passed away peacefully two days short of his 102nd birthday at Brookside Lodge, Surrey, B.C. He is survived by his children, Anita (Bill) Shotwell, Eric (Deanna) Lotz, and grandchildren Robert (Shelly) and Brian (Nicole) Lotz, nieces and nephews. John was born in Amsterdam and after a long engagement, married Jannette on October 12th, 1939 shortly after the outbreak of WWII, during which Anita and Eric were born. After enduring the horrors and the loss of his brother to the Nazis during the war, and consideration of better opportunities, he packed up his family and immigrated to Canada in November 1951, with all becoming Canadian Citizens in April 1959. John will always be known by his children as courageous, generous, optimistic and doing the things necessary in meeting his responsibilities to this family. His training and work was primarily in business, having marketed women's and men's hat fashions in continental Europe before and after the war; managed the factory during the war; sold industrial clothing for a short time in Vanderhoof, B.C. in 1952; performed administrative and clerical work for the sawmill and first aid for the town of Penny, B.C, from November 1952 until October 1955 before moving to Prince Rupert. John worked as an Accountant for Columbia Bitulithic Ltd. in Vancouver from 1962 until his retirement from that firm at 66 in 1975. After living in Burnaby and Port Coquitlam, John and Jannette settled in Langley during which time they enjoyed travelling to Europe and in the United States. Shortly after his wife's passing in 2005, he moved to Magnolia Gardens in Langley and finally to Brookside Lodge in Surrey. John's family will always be grateful for the care he received while at Magnolia Gardens, and the special care and love from the staff at Brookside Lodge until his passing. The appreciation and thanks to the Canadian Army and Air Force for their sacrifice in the liberation of the Netherlands from the Nazi horrors was never forgotten and the gratitude will always remain with his surviving family.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2011
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