John David TRUDGIAN

John David Trudgian passed away on at 1:25 AM on Tuesday, April 19, 2013 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC at the age of 83 years. He was born on September 17, 1929 at Hedley, BC . John is survived by his wife Olga, children Michael (Lorraine), Jack (Sue), Judy (Wally), Barbara (Brandon), and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as by his sister Jean (Bill) George, in Williams Lake, BC. He was predeceased by his parents Johan and Bernitta Trudgian. A viewing for family and friends will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM from Henderson’s Funeral Home 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack, BC, with a Funeral Service to follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at 12:30 PM at the Chilliwack Cemetery on Little Mountain. Pallbearers will be Jack Trudgian, Michael Trudgian, Stacey Trudgian, Wally Rogalsky, Brandon Boyce, Corte Diplock, Bob Lewis and David Rogalsky. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross attention Blood Services Programs department. John started as a Brakeman for the Nickel Plate Mine in 1947, and enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy in 1948 when he was posted to the cruiser H.M.C.S Ontario. In February 1949 he was in the Caribbean for Naval Fleet exercises with the US and British Fleets and in April he engaged in Naval exercises off the coast of California where he remained in active service until 1951. In 1952-1953, he also worked in the Britannia Mines as a scraperman. In 1953-1954 he was employed by the Department of National Defense as a bus/truck driver and from 1964-1984 John worked as a Correctional Officer for BC Corrections. John was a former member of the Chilliwack branch of the Masonic Lodge.