LONG, John Herbert
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October 19, 1923 – January 23, 2013
Born October 19, 1923, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Died January 23, 2013 at his home at the age of 89. Predeceased by his father G. Fred H. Long, mother Clissie Mae Tingley. Predeceased by his precious daughter Patricia Ann on January 19, 1995, age 38 and his wonderful son Fred on March 21, 2003, age 47. Also predeceased by his brother Charles F. Long and his wife Betty. Survived by Evelyn, his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, granddaughters Christie Long, Taryn Lees, grandsons Russell Long and Conor Lees, daughter-in-law Sharen Ferguson, who brought so much joy into our lives, her husband David Pottinger, nephews Dr. Bruce Long (Jill), Ward McAllister, Neil McAllister (Kristen), nieces Margo Valer (Ron), Janet McAllister, and many wonderful friends.
John graduated from Magee High School in 1941, attended U.B.C. until joining the Royal Canadian Navy in 1943. He served on HMCS Llewelly, Battleford and Sioux, performing mine-sweeping and convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic until the end of hostilities. He returned home and re- entered U.B.C. and was finally awarded a B.Comm. degree in 1951 much to his father's relief.
John was President and CEO of Lister Iron Works (now Lister Chain & Forge Inc.) from 1956 until his retirement in 1997. Lister Iron Works began as a blacksmith shop for Vancouver in 1911 and grew into a major supplier of chain and specialized steel products though innovation and growth. Lister Iron Works became a North American leader in its industry.
John, also known as "Curlie" by his close friends, enjoyed many years of membership with the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club and was elected Commodore in 1976 and Honorary Life Member in 1984.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the skill and kindness extended to John by Dr. Ann Marie Falk, Shirley Lanorias and Divina Garcia Canapi during his final days.
There will be an Eight Bells service with a committal of his ashes at sea off the RVYC Jericho Station, 3811 Pt. Grey Road, February 8, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.. Reception to follow at 12:30 pm.
"ADIOS AMIGOS – I'VE GONE SAILING."
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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, 2013