John W. Jeffrey

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JEFFREY, John W. ("Jack") A.C.I.S., P.Adm August 14, 1921 - July 1, 2013 Jack Jeffrey, 91, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of his wife and children. Born in St. Andrew's East, QC to William and Christina Jeffrey. Jack was a veteran of WW II and served 1939-1945 in Canada, U.K., Italy and N.W. Europe. He worked for the CPR from 1938-39 and 1945-59 in Montreal and Toronto. Jack was with the Federal Government in Public Works and Manpower&Immigration in Ottawa from 1959-1978. He served on a number of special subcommittees of Cabinet including; Special Import Policy as well as developing equal employment opportunities for women. A Chartered Secretary, he served a term as president of the Ontario chapter of ACIS. He went to the private sector as executive vice president of Huron Steel Products, Windsor Ont. before finally retiring to Nova Scotia. He began a new career volunteering at the Wolfville NS School as a chess, tennis and basketball coach to children. Moving to Victoria BC in 1994 Jack continued with his volunteer work in city schools teaching chess at George Jay elementary school, Central Junior Secondary and Victoria High Schools. His chess club there has produced some of the finest junior chess players in Greater Victoria. A Rotarian for many years, Jack was the past president of the Rotary Club of Wolfville NS and was a member of Victoria Harbourside since 1994, attending early morning meetings until shortly before his death. Jack was very involved in Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Jack was the recipient of many other awards and recognitions, especially for his work with schoolchildren.Among others, he received a Victoria BC Community Leader award, and a Chancellor's Community Recognition Award from Royal Roads University. Survived by his wife and best friend of 64 years, Joyce, son Peter (Wendy) Mississauga Ontario and daughter Sheila Sheppard ( Roy) of Coldbrook, NS. Also survived by grandchildren John Jeffrey and Catherine Richardson, step-grandchildren Ted and Chris Richardson as well as many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sister Doreen Patrick A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Victoria Harbourside Rotary Club Foundation

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Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on July 5, 2013
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