Jacob John Fast was called away to walk with his Lord on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 3:15 am. Jake, as he was affectionately known, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Bradley Center in Chilliwack B.C. He was born to John and Elizabeth Fast in Gnadenthal, Manitoba on April 12, 1929. He is survived by his loving wife Katie; children, Cliff and Wendy; grandchildren, Nicole, Danielle, Jamie-Lynn and Randy; great-grandson, Brett Hayes; sisters, Anne Schmidt and Frieda Reger, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jake is predeceased by his parents; sisters, Helen Dahl and Mary and eldest son, Robert.
He moved to Yarrow at the tender age of thirteen, with his Mother, four sisters and one brother; attended Upper Sumas School for a short time before setting out on an adventure that would lead him through life. Jake became a professional truck driver in 1953, and picked up milk at the local farms throughout the Fraser Valley while in the employ of Dairyland for over thirty years. He was quietly proud of his perfect driving record, but probably more proud of the many friends that he made over the years.
Jake married Katie in 1953, and moved to the Langley area to start his family. After the birth of his two sons, (Robert & Clifford) the family moved to Greendale, where he celebrated the birth of his daughter (Wendy). He was a member of the Greendale MB church; enjoyed traveling, building, and repairing anything, but then became imprisoned by the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The final years of Jake’s life were spent mainly at home in Sardis surrounded by his family and friends with frequent visits by his loving grandchildren. He was very pleased he had the opportunity to meet his great-grandson before passing on.
A celebration of his life will be held Monday, July 13, 2009 at the Greendale Mennonite Brethren Church, 6550 Sumas Prairie Road at 2:00 p.m. The family would like to thank Dr. Bartel, Dr. Dueck, the staff at the Bradley Center and the many friends and relatives for their thoughts and prayers. Jake is free again to enjoy another adventure, this time after a very fulfilling life.
If you so wish memorial donations may be made to, the Parkinson Society of British Columbia, Suite 600 – 890 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9
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