Ballam, Jack Leonard
October 20, 1920 – January 5, 2015
Jack Ballam, age 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 5 at Chilliwack General Hospital with his wife Margaret by his side. Jack was born on October 20, 1920 in Chilliwack, BC and was the fifth child of Harry and Isabella Ballam of Fairfield Island. He is predeceased by his sister Carrie, brothers Will, Casey & Bob, first wife Veva, and infant grandchild Leslie. Survived by his wife Margaret, younger sisters Velma (Evan) & Ella (Art), daughter Jackie (Ron), step-son Shane (Cheryl), his grandchildren Malcolm (Bobbie-Anne), Heather (Troy), & Colin (Eryn), his step-grandchildren Brighton & Brooklyn, his great-grandchildren Daniel, Libby, Elly, Keith, Cole, Callum, Tully, Grayson, Allison, Evlyn, Macrae, Smith, & Ewan and his numerous nieces and nephews. In the early years, he worked mostly around Chilliwack and then served in the RCAF stationed in Canada during the war years. After the war, Jack was a faller and logger for over 30 years in the Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Harrison areas. He enjoyed the lumberjack life style and often talked about his logging years, especially the great meals in the logging camps. Jack knew how to work and he did it well. In his retirement, he continued to work hard and stayed very physical. He enjoyed cutting & splitting firewood, falling trees for neighbors, raising pigs, milking cows, haying, cutting thistles, socializing while on the “milk run”, and doing the chores…always to be accompanied by a good meal or a coffee break. In the later years, he thoroughly enjoyed having the great-grandchildren running amuck and treating them to jelly beans. He will be missed. A special thank-you to all the staff, nurses, and doctors at Chilliwack Hospital for their care, support, and compassion, especially family physician Dr. Gordon Enns.
No funeral will be held at his request. A memorial tea will take place at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church Hall Wellington Ave, Chilliwack, BC on Saturday, January 10 at 2:00PM. All are welcome to attend. Online condolences to the family may be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com
Henderson’s Funeral Home 604-792-1344