John Lawrence (Jack) Grieve passed away peacefully on July 10, 2009 at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, surrounded by family and friends.
Born December 11, 1915 in Rivers, Manitoba, first son of Thomas and Margaret Grieve, Jack will be remembered as a most sweet, kind, warm-hearted and wonderfully good-humoured man, who touched the hearts of and shone his light on all who knew and loved him.
Married to Lillian Patricia Flaherty (Pattie), the love of his life, in 1941, they celebrated their 50th anniversary a few years before Pattie’s death in 1993.
Jack was a Flying Officer and pilot in the Second World War and for 30 years managed branches of IAC across B.C., moving to Chilliwack 1964. He retired from IAC in 1971 only to take up a new career as co-owner of Fraser Valley Coal and Feeds.
Never a stranger to hard work, he left retirement for a time to lend his book-keeping and business expertise to several local enterprises.
Jack was an ardent curler, duck-hunter, wine-maker and golfer (he was President of Chilliwack Golf and Country Club in 1969). He was an active member of the United Church and a committed Rotarian (serving as President of Chilliwack Rotary in 1971-1972 and being named a Paul Harris Fellow in 2004).
He loved to read, to play bridge and crib, to travel, to make people laugh, to spend time with his family, to sing (he was a long-time member of the Rainbow Men of Harmony Barbershop Chorus) and even, with Pattie’s prodding, to act in Chilliwack Players’ Guild productions.
Jack is survived by his elder sister, Doris Mark, and her children, his younger brothers Bob (Sybil) and Lin (Ruth) and their children; his children, Gillian, Tom, Vicki, John (Marcia) and Kerry (Rob); his grandchildren, Matt and Kelly, Jack and Meg, Gabby and Lena, Colin, Clark and Stella, and Iam; and his great-grandchildren: Max, Harry and Romeo, and Layla and Valentino.
A Memorial Service will be held at Chilliwack United Church, 45835 Spadina Ave., at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to The Rotary Club of Chilliwack for Chilliwack community projects, P.O. Box 28, Chilliwack BC, V2P 6H7.
Online condolences can be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com