Jack passed away peacefully in Chilliwack on January 2nd after a short illness. He was predeceased by his son Leslie, his wife Florence and his brother Norm.
He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his family and friends. His loss is deeply mourned by his partner of many years, Phyllis Turner. Jack was the proud father of two daughters. His eldest, Beth and her husband Bill, and their children and partners Jennifer (Russell) and Ian, Jeff (Russell) and Neda, and Kevin (Russell) and Tanya will all mourn his loss. Miraculously, Jack’s granddaughter, Jennifer and her partner Ian welcomed their son, Loke Jack to the world on January 2, 2018. Also missing him deeply are his daughter Bev and her partner Wing and his cousin Jim Poole and his family.
Jack grew up in Burnaby, BC and joined the Navy in 1942 when he was only 17 years old, where he served on destroyers patrolling the Atlantic in WW2. He served until 1967 in Victoria, BC and after leaving the Navy the family moved to Vancouver and Jack began a new career in Vibration Technology. In 1980 Jack and Flo moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates and then to Saudi Arabia.
After his retirement in 1985, Jack began his sailing adventures on his beautiful ketch, the Ma’as-salama, sailing to the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic single-handed, the Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal, Hawaii and Vancouver. Upon his return to BC, Jack started his own technical engineering company and lived in Ladysmith on Vancouver Island before settling in Chilliwack. After his second retirement Jack enjoyed travelling with Phyl, playing golf, gardening and cooking gourmet dinners to the delight of his family and friends. Jack’s beautiful roses were greatly admired by everyone.
The family would like to thank many people who helped Dad remain in his own home in his declining years, including the Fraser Health Chilliwack Home Support workers and team. The family would also like to thank the nurses, care workers and staff at Eden Care Centre and Dr. Markey and Dr. Wolff who provided excellent medical care to Jack.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held in the Spring in his memory. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jack’s memory to Covenant House or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.
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