John William Affleck
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1915 - 2013
John W. Affleck, son of the late John and Emma Louise Affleck, died at home in Saskatoon on September 15, 2013, with his long-time partner and best friend, Sheila Clements, at his bedside. He celebrated his 98th birthday on August 7th with visits from friends and neighbours ranging in age from 2 to 91 years. He had been receiving palliative home care for several months for heart failure. Born in Stratford, ON, John attended school in both Stratford and London where he worked before moving to Montreal. After serving briefly in the RCAF during World War II, he enjoyed working as a flight engineer in the Civil Division of the Royal Air Force, Ferry Command from 1942 - 1945. He received a M.B.E. from King George VI for his meritorious work during the war, which included being the flight engineer on the crew that secretly flew Prime Minister Winston Churchill from London to Moscow for talks with Stalin. Much of this trip was detailed in a video, in which John appeared, entitled The Story of the RAF Ferry Command: Flying the Secret Sky. Following the war years, John worked primarily as a businessman: with Canadair Ltd, Montreal; VP of operations with McGuinness Distillers, Toronto and Acadian Distillers, Bridgetown, NS; and General Manager of Central Canadian Distillers in Weyburn, SK. After moving to Saskatoon in 1975, he engaged in general business consulting for a number of years. John was predeceased by step-brother Ernie Heaver, step-sister May Shortt, son Michael, niece Joan and, very recently, his brother Harvey, age 94, of London, ON. He is survived by son Donald (Pat), grandson Tim (Vickie), and great-granddaughters Alisha (Johnny) and Mary, of London, ON; son Sheldon (Betty), grandson Greg, and son Martin (Linda), of Coldbrook, NS; nieces Mary, Dianne and Joyce. He will also be missed by many friends and members of the extended Clements family. John was a very friendly, fun-loving and curious person with a marvelous sense of humour who liked to read, debate, travel .drive sporty cars, and work on his computer. He loved Saskatoon and its friendly people, his coffee group and enjoyed many rounds of golf at Holiday Park and Saskatoon Golf & Country Club. A special thank you to all of John's doctors and care providers over the years, especially the Palliative Home Care staff during the past few months. Special thanks also to all the relatives who called and friends who visited, particularly Clarence, Carole, Shazia, Theresa and CK, Lill, Atul, Linnie and precious little Mona. A big thank you to Brenda FitzGerald for her caring support and for sharing her dog, Sophie, that brought much joy and comfort to John. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of John's life will be held at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 2 – 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to the Saskatoon Funeral Home. Ph: 306-244-5577
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Sept. 18, 2013