John passed away peacefully at Delta View Life Enrichment Centre in Delta, B.C. on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the age of 80 years.
He was pre-deceased by his cherished wife of 49 years, Patricia (2008) and daughters Suzanne (2010) and Nicole (1986).
He will be lovingly missed by his children: Monica, Tom (Mimi), and Lawrence (Shannon); and by his eight grandchildren. He will also be sadly missed by his three brothers and their families, dear friend and brother-in-law Bill Zroback, as well as numerous other in-laws, family members, and friends whose lives were touched by his kind and gentle spirit.
John’s career as a telecommunications specialist with BC Tel took him and his family to live in several BC communities, including Smithers, Sandspit, and Coquitlam. After retirement, he returned to Kenora, Ontario for a time, then he and Patricia returned to BC and spent their last years together in Sardis.
John was a veteran having served with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and he saw service with the United Nations peacekeeping troops in the Congo. He was part of the Kenora Legion Branch 12.
John’s life was an example in honor and service, due to his unwavering Catholic faith and trust in God our Father.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 6543 – 132 Street, Surrey, BC at 11 a.m. Fri. Oct. 5, 2012. Interment Oct. 17 2012, Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario.