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AVERILL, Arthur John Francis May 22, 1922 - June 14, 2011 AVERILL, Arthur John Francis ("John"), born May 24, 1922 in Duncan, BC passed away after a long and courageous battle with multiple health issues on June 14, 2011 in Maple Ridge, BC. John will be greatly missed by his devoted and much loved wife, Muriel-Anne, his daughters Sue (Tom) and Vicki (Terry), grandchildren James and Michael, great grandson Seth, John's feline companions Snoopy the Black and Clio and his grand dogs Hunter and Koora. Although born in Canada, John was educated in England and later completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University. He served in the Canadian military during the latter stages of World War II, during which time he met and married Babs, his partner and mother of his children until her death in 1977. After the war, John returned to civilian life to begin a teaching career at St George's School in Vancouver, followed by a decade long role as a professional driver with Argus Carriers Limited. John returned to teaching in 1959 at Gladstone Secondary School in East Vancouver, where, until his retirement 23 years later, he ensured that generations of kids came to know and love the English language and appreciate its proper usage. A lover of theatre and the performing arts, John spent much of his retirement actively supporting the Greater Vancouver Operatic Society as stage and lighting manager. John also enjoyed travelling, history, and political debates with anyone who would participate, as well as his daily crossword puzzle which he always completed in pen, not pencil. The family would like to acknowledge the exceptional care provided to John by Dr. Michelle Little and some very special nurses in the ER, and on 2West and Alouette Rehabilitation at Ridge Meadows Hospital. Your skill, compassion and concern for our special husband and dear father gave us the strength to support him in his battle to its final conclusion. At last, John is at peace. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 a.m., in First Memorial Burkeview Chapel, 1340 Dominion Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Cancer Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from June 18 to June 19, 2011