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GREEN, John Willison
Journalist, researcher, and community leader, John Willison Green passed away May 28, 2016 in Chilliwack, at age 89. Predeceased by his beloved wife June, brother Lewis, and one grandson, he is survived by children Marian (John), Margaret (Ken), Jim, Kathryn (Ray), and Raymond (Louise), thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Raised in Vancouver, John loved building and racing sailboats. A graduate of UBC, he received his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University in New York at age 20. He met June while in the Navy, and they married in 1948, living in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria, before moving to the Agassiz-Harrison area, where they raised their children and published the local newspaper for many years. His editorial writing was recognized with national awards. John volunteered for many community activities, including the Chamber of Commerce, Senior Citizens Housing, Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Search and Rescue, the Lions Club and the Historical Society. He served several years on the Harrison municipal council, including two as mayor. He was responsible for the construction of the Harrison lakefront beach, where he spearheaded the World Championship Sand Sculpture Competition for many years. He was also active in politics at the provincial level. His lobbying efforts preserved the Kilby General Store at Harrison Mills as a dedicated heritage site. John was well known as a serious investigator and best selling author on the topic of the Sasquatch. In 2000, John was recognized as B.C. Senior of the Year, and more recently he was honoured at several public gatherings for his community service, research work and writing. A private family celebration of his life will be held. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to Please share condolences and memories at

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Jun. 4 to Jun. 5, 2016.
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May 30, 2017
Cindy Dosen
May 30, 2017
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BFRO WA group visits John 2010
Cindy Dosen
May 30, 2017
Cindy Dosen
May 30, 2017
Cindy Dosen and John talking about his newly purchased book at Sasquatch Park Expedition
Cindy Dosen
July 13, 2016
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of John Green. I was looking forward to meeting him, but recently veered away to attend to the ill health of my mother, who took ill to her death bed just before John passed away.I would like to say that I admire John's integrity and work ethic, his passion and dedication to the topic of Sasquatch. His work served as the basis for the work of many others who followed. What a loss but what a well-lived life.
Robert Jirava
June 19, 2016
John Green with his beloved wife June, 2000
June 18, 2016
My sympathy to John's family. I will always remember him fondly. Most of all I recall his generosity: to the community as he and June accepted a life of long hours and modest income to produce one of the finest small town newspapers in the country, to the boy scouts of Agassiz-Harrison as the best scout leader a kid could hope for and to me personally as he and June welcomed me at their table and indulged a callow youth in debates on many topics punctuated by the gentle application of John's wry wit.
Peter Stary
June 18, 2016
Our deepest sympathy. I worked closely with John during his tenure on Council with the Village of Harrison Hot Springs. He was an extremely generous man and I really appreciated every contribution he made to our community. Thank you, Cherish the memories. Regards Julie Webb
June 15, 2016
John was always willing to assist me with anything he could. I have several emails from him where his advise was primarily in tune with my perspective, so he always made me feel like he was my Big Brother in the Sasquatch Research arena. His writings should be required study for all who decide to get involved with Sasquatch studies, and there will never be another author in this topic field that will compare to him. He will remain, forever, the "King of Sasquatch Research".
Douglas Trapp
June 14, 2016
keith ross
June 14, 2016
Uncle John was passionate about many things, especially sasquatches and prostate cancer treatment. After Aunt June died, he seemed less interested in living but still managed to go parasailing in Mexico with his daughter Kathryn. My running friends really enjoyed hearing about the history of the Fraser Valley when he joined us for dinner before the Abbotsford marathon in 2013. He was a true character and patriarch! Janet Green
June 14, 2016
I met John in 2011 at a tribute event for him in Harrison Hot Springs. He was a true gentleman, and his family was very accommodating and friendly. His work with the Sasquatch question was a great inspiration to me and others, and he had a lot of fans and friends. I consider him a friend and mentor, and to quote Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption, I guess I just miss my friend. May your memory be eternal John, and thank you.
Henry May
June 14, 2016
My condolences to the Green Family.I once wrote to Mr Green to thank him for his years of work and his outstanding research which is quite astonishing still.I wrote the following: "I work for The National Parks and Wildlife Service here in Australia and I feel your work parallels ours in working towards conservation and preservation of our fragile ecosystems. As a young man I remember being acutely inspired after seeing a film of yourself, Robert Morgan and Rene Dahinden discussing how to enact legislation for the protection of species, in your case Sasquatch. I distinctly remember being moved by your simple, direct statement of how conservation is a direct concern for humankind." So thanks Mr Green for your effort and inspiration.
Dan Wilton
June 12, 2016
On Behalf of the Agassiz-Harrison Lions Club..We would like to send our Heartfelt Sympathy to the Green Family at this time Our Thoughts&Prayers are with you all
June 12, 2016
I read his book many times, admired him from a distance ~ he certainly came across as a wonderful man. Mr. Green accomplished more in his lifetime than most of us have ever DREAMED! His family must be extremely proud of this man.
John Green was indeed a legend.
Darrell Marklinger
June 10, 2016
John inspired my work in 1961, and kindly wrote me letters in reply to my youthful research and fieldwork at the beginning. Without John's encouragement, there would be no International Cryptozoology Museum. His donations were not money, but something more important - his heart and passion for the pursuit. I wrote this tribute on June 7th:
Loren Coleman
June 9, 2016
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June 9, 2016
With deepest sympathy for the family of John Green. I will be forever grateful and indebted to John for his work in saving and preserving the much loved Kilby General Store Historic Site for future generations to enjoy. I knew John for most of my life and worked with him at Kilby Historic Site as well as on many community projects. Rest in Peace John.
Bev (Keegan) Kennedy
June 8, 2016
To the Green family, very sorry for your loss. John was a "giant" of a man in more ways than one.
M. O'Donnell
June 8, 2016
A very sad day. I had the honour of meeting this great man twice. Thankyou Mr Green for all your hard work!

Ingemar Ramell, Göteborg, Sweden.
Ingemar Ramell
June 8, 2016
BFRO Expedition 2009 Sasquatch Park
I have had the pleasure of meeting a Great gentlemen, wonderful researcher of his passion in life. May you now get your answers.
Cindy Dosen
June 8, 2016
God Bless you in Heaven, Mr. Green. You have all of the answers to life's mysteries now.
June 7, 2016
My condolences go out to family and friends of John Green. He was an amazing man, admired globally.
Kerry Kilmury
June 7, 2016
My deepest condolences to the Green family.
John was a close friend of the Jones family in Agassiz. Often I would hear of stories of the early days when us children were young, sasquatch's, politics and poetry. In recent years, I had time with both June and John, listening and admiring their wisdom and grace. Reminding myself how blessed to have had them in our lives.
I see them now together as they always should be, walking hand in hand enjoying the company of each other.
Blessings Elizabeth Mueller (Jones)
Elizabeth Mueller
June 7, 2016
A legendary man. Rest in peace, Mr. Green.
Joshua Nichols
June 7, 2016
To John I am and always will be humbled by your work and the manner in which you conducted it. Safe journeys, and now you probably know all there is about the creature you so fervently pursued in your youth, and kept the search alive in many newcomers over the years myself included. God Bless you and your family.
Steve Kulls
June 7, 2016
Thanks for all your efforts and for helping me. In your passing you left a mark on many.
Wayne Ford
June 7, 2016
My deepest sympathy to John's family. I have good memories of John from meeting him at Harrison Hot Springs. I have great respect and admiration for his life's accomplishments. He is an inspiration.
Steve Gray
June 7, 2016
Thank you for starting on my fantastic journey. I still have all your books I got as a kid in the 60's and 70's. You will always be with us. What a wonderful life.
English Des Champs
June 7, 2016
My condolences to Johns family and friends.
John Hall
June 7, 2016
My deepest condolences go out to all those who were close to John. His influence in various endeavors do not go unnoticed and will live forever.
Todd Prescott
June 7, 2016
John Green. Was Not only My Hero. I regret not ever had a pleasure to meet him. But he was always with me. His Book Sasquatch The Apes Among us. I read Countless Times. And Seeing him as a Child. On Tv. Was a High life of my Life. Thanks Mr John Green. You inspire All of us to Follow this Subject matter know as Sasquatch. Rest in Peace.
Michael Feltner
June 7, 2016
Thank you John for your friendship and hospitality. You'll be greatly missed by all of us in Ohio. God bless.
Marc DeWerth
June 7, 2016
The world has lost a true legend and the Sasquatch community has lost a true pioneer. I never met you in person Mr Green but have read many of your writings. You will truly be missed. My condolensces go out to his family and his many friends. God Speed.
Dave Groves
June 7, 2016
Thank you John for being a great friend and help to us in the sasquatch community. We will miss your wise counsel greatly.
John Kirk
June 7, 2016
You were my friend. You were my teacher. I will never forget you.

Thomas Steenburg
June 6, 2016
We wish to express our deepest sympathies in the passing of John Green.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families at this difficult time.
Mayor and Council
Village of Harrison Hot Springs
June 5, 2016
Thank you John for inviting us and making us feel so welcome on the beach in beautiful Harrison Hot Springs. With the best sand in the world for sand sculpture and in the most stunning location. When we, sand people from all over the world, came year after year for our sand sculpture gathering it was your enthusiasm that made it so special. We will miss those good times, we will miss you. Safe journey onwards love Remy Hoggard
Remy Hoggard
June 4, 2016
May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Judy Chandler
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