Surrounded by his family, Jack passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Doris, and leaves to mourn his passing, his daughter, Sharon Catto (Allan) and his son, Don (Sharron). He also leaves three grandchildren, Leslie Hanika (Tim), Michael Catto (Cyndi), Brooke Stephenson-Servano (Hector), and three great-grandchildren, Jack, Leigh, and Armando.
He is survived by four sisters and one brother and numerous nieces and nephews across Canada and the U.S.
Jack was born and raised in Victoria, Carbonear, Nfld., the second oldest of ten children. During the depression era, as the eldest son , he left school at age sixteen to help on the family homestead raising food and working in the family sawmill. In 1938, he left home and moved to Montreal, where he worked for Canada Packers. In 1939, he enlisted in the Victoria Rifles and served in the Army for five years, attaining the rank of Sergeant, and serving in both England and Canada during WWII. He met and married Doris Andrews in1942, while stationed in Nanaimo.
After the war, in 1945, he returned to Nanaimo and began a fourteen year career in construction, eventually becoming a superintendent of construction for many island buildings. By 1961, he became the construction and maintenance supervisor for Nanaimo Parks and Recreation, where he was responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of local parks and recreation facilities.
Throughout his life, Dad loved music, reading, and poetry. He played baritone horn and sousaphone in the army band and was a member of the Nanaimo Concert Band for forty years. He was a devoted member of St. Andrew's United Church, serving on the board and singing in the choir.
There will be a service of remembrance at Sands Funeral Home, #1 Newcastle Ave. , at 11.00 A.M. on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Private internment to follow at Cedar Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank Dr. Nicholaas Janssen and the staff of the Dwelling Place Care Facility for their dedication and attentive care.
Published in Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star on Oct. 26, 2013