February 15, 1951 – August 10, 2019
Our beloved John donned his angel wings with family by his side at Sooke Hospice. Diagnosed with MS and Cancer . John fought courageously, with resilience, strength and determination until his final days. John was born in Klazienaveen, Netherlands to Marie (1971) and Jan (1996). The family moved to Canada when John was 3 years of age. John grew up in Mill Bay , finally settling in Sooke with his soul mate Sindy. John was employed for 45 years with the Ministry of Transportation and Highways, JJM Construction and Mainroad Contracting. John had many interests which included fishing, boating, golfing, astronomy, cards, traveling, and singing. He enjoyed spirited discussions on a variety of topics with his quick wit. John was a kind and generous-hearted renaissance man who welcomed everyone with warmth and charm. In life he loved, he laughed, he listened and lived with spirit and gusto in partnership with his beloved wife Sindy, who will forever miss him. Fondly known as our Papa John, he is also deeply missed by stepchildren Amir, Vicki (Rick) and Neil, grandchildren Eva, Reed and Neena, sister Linda (Adrian), brother Ron (Mary-Lynn), niece Sandra (Ellis), nephews Tim (Miffy), Sean and Tyler, great niece and nephew Tia and Kai, and extended family.
Thank you to Dr. Saunders and the wonderful staff at Ayre Manor, Sooke, providing John with the utmost care and compassion in his final weeks. Also to Nicole, Tasha, Buchan, and dear family members and friends, who provided emotional support during this difficult time. Heartfelt thanks to the talented Smiley Family for entertaining John while he was in Hospice. It meant the world to him! A Celebration of John’s life will be held at the Cowichan Golf Club, 4955 Trans Canada Highway, Duncan, BC on Saturday, October 5th from 2 – 4 pm. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care at Ayre Manor.
“One More Time!”
“Love you Yo!”