BOUCHER, John J. It is with profound sadness that we announce John Boucher passed from this life to be with his Lord and Saviour on August 10, 2013 at the age of 55. He fought his battle with Bone Marrow cancer bravely and courageously without complaint and thought of others as he took part in research study to help others benefit from his experience. John was born to Joseph and Ida Boucher (nee Szypa) in Iserlohn, Germany on March 16, 1958. His father was in the Canadian Military, stationed in Germany and returned with his family to New Brunswick April 1958. They moved to Chilliwack, BC where his father was stationed at CFB Chilliwack. John was an industrious boy who began working early in his life with odd jobs and summer harvesting. He was a hardworking and dedicated employee working in the dairy industry with his father-in-law, Erwin Braun, in the hog industry with Scarlet Maple Farms, then with Ritchie Smith Farms Ltd and in the poultry industry at Bradner Farms. He worked like it was his own farm and took pride and satisfaction in making them the best they could be. While at Ritchie Smith Farms, he also served on the Agricultural Workforce Policy Board for BC to improve the working conditions for employees of that industry. He met his sweetheart, Pam, in Grade 11 at CSSS in 1975 and they were married August 18, 1979 at Christ Lutheran church (CLCC). John reaffirmed his Christian faith at CLCC and was very involved with serving the church. He was a devout and faithful servant of Christ, 'not because I have to, but because I feel called to,' he would say. He was Sunday School Superintendent at CLCC and served on the Church Council on the Board of Deacons, the Board of Trustees, the Worship Committee, as Chairman of the congregation as well as serving as Chair of the Call Committee. In 2004, John was elected to the BC Synod Council for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, to serve in various roles as Council member for the Lower Fraser Valley Conference, Stewardship Committee and Vice Chair in 2007 to 2010. In between his many roles in the workforce and community, John was a devoted family man who loved fishing, gardening, cooking and reading. He will be sadly missed by his wife and soul mate, Pam; sons, Byron (Jordan and daughter Jamie) and Jordan; father Joe, mother Ida, sisters Denise, and Jackie (Ananta) as well as mother-in-law Alide Braun, sister-in-laws Linda Palmer (Joe), Gisela Davidson (Roy) and brother-in-law Ralph Braun (Maureen) and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and a huge number of friends and colleagues he came in contact with throughout his lifetime. He is predeceased by his father-in-law Erwin Braun, nephew Adrian Palmer and grandparents Wilfred and Elodie Boucher and Johanna Kappers-Szypa. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 9460 Charles St. Chilliwack, on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC www.leukemiabmtprogram.org or to the Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodlawn-mtcheam.ca. Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home 45865 Hocking Avenue Chilliwack BC V2P 1B5 604-793-4555
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Published in The Chilliwack Times from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013