John Leach Clegg was born Dec. 6, 1914 on a farm near Dahinda, SK. Passed away at home, Oct. 22, 2005.
He is survived by his wife, Anne; his five children: Barbara (Dwanne) Brooke of Kamloops, Richard (Daphne) Clegg of Chilliwack, Jack (Ruby) Clegg of Rosedale, Peggy (Wayne) Robinson of Mossleigh, AB, and Jane Clegg of Chilliwack; 10 grandchildren: Dan, Steve and Eric Clegg, Sarah, Brett and Heather Robinson, Mathew and Janine Brooke, Carson and Logan Clegg; and one step-granddaughter, Terisha Mitchell of Mission.
Also survived by his sister Helena (Bevan) Savory of Comox, BC.
Predeceased by his parents Warren and Margaret Clegg; sister, Anne Arthur; brother, Ted Clegg; and niece Linda Clegg.
As a young teenager, John moved with his family to West Vancouver. He worked for a cement contractor there, and later for a farmer in Haney. In 1936 he began dairying with registered Jersey cattle on the farm at Rosedale where he spent the rest of his life. He met Anne Cartmell at a St. John’s Ambulance first-aid course in Rosedale, and they were married in 1947. John purchased his first tractor in 1953 – a Ferguson still in use today. He used it to cut many a neighbour’s hay field and plow many garden plots. He was the first in the area to install tile drains in his cropland. He cut trees from the farm forest for lumber, with which he built his barns and fences. In retirement he raised Hereford cattle. His love of agriculture inspired most of his children to also choose careers in the industry.
A good and kind man. He owed no penny he could not pay, he envied no man – no not he, and nobody envied him.
His example of honesty, hard work, and true character was the best legacy a family could ever have.
A private family service will be held.
If desired, donations in John’s name may be made to the Chilliwack Society for Community Living, 9353 Mary St., Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 4G9.
“The Chilliwack Progress would like to extend a sincere apology for the error in the Nov. 1 edition”.