March 21, 1921- January 19, 2013
John Jeffery led a remarkable life. Born in London, England, he immigrated at the age of 5, to Canada with his father Thomas James Jeffery and his mother Beatrice Jeffery. John and his parents resided in Saskatoon for a few years, and in 1931, on their way to New Zealand the family settled in Langley BC after concluding that all they sought was there. John passionately loved the area and was one of its determined spokesmen. He served in the RCAF during World War two and on return to civilian life became a passionate volunteer, serving as the President of the Red Cross, the Legion (Branch 21) the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Langley Amateur Athletic Association among many other organizations. John wrote for the Langley Advance and the Vancouver Sun. As a businessman, he ran a Real Estate and Insurance office and in later years after a court battle with the local lawyers became a Notary Public.
John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Charmaine Jeffery, son Bryce, daughter in law Marianne and grandchildren, Coralie, Tiffany and Thomas. John was honoured by the City of Langley on Friday February 1, 2013 at the annual City Volunteer banquet. Mayor Fassbender portrayed John's dedication and passion as a volunteer, a freeman of the City of Langley and as the last surviving member of the first Langley City Council. The family attended a private interment at Langley Lawn Cemetery. The family also wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Langley Memorial Hospital for their care and dedication, and would like any donations to be made to the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.