BENTLEY, John Aubrey Went home to claim his mansion in glory on Wednesday January 1, 2014 with his daughter, Darlene, by his side. John is predeceased by his parents, John and Myrtle, and his brothers, Donald, Bruce and Howard. He is survived by his loving wife, Rose Mary (nee Gladu), of 64 years (Dec 24); 11 children, Patricia Hooton (Bruce), Garry Davidson, Larry Davidson (Barbara), John (Hiloni), Darlene, Lillian, David (Dana), Jim (Theresa), Ruth, Joy and Paul; 25 grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren and 18 great, great grandchildren. John was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 - 1945. In 1967 John and his family moved to Nanaimo. He was known around town as the wood chopper and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was also a regular at McDonalds for breakfast for many years. The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Kenneth Mann for his care and support and the many home visits on short notice. Dad always enjoyed his conversations with Dr. Mann. We also thank the many Home Support Workers who provided excellent care especially in the last four weeks and always listened as John recited some of his many favorite songs and poems. An extra special thank you to our sister Lillian for her love and dedication to caring for her Dad. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:00 am at Eagle Mountain Church , located in the building next to the Greyhound Bus Terminal (entrance on Comox Road). Visitation - Monday Jan 6 - 6-9pm at Sands Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Sands ~ Nanaimo
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Published in Nanaimo Daily News and Harbour City Star from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014