John Mathies passed away on May 9, 2016 at Chilliwack General Hospital at age 81. He was born in Colonsay Saskatchewan on August 15, 1934.

John is survived by Ellen, his wife of sixty years,and his children; Deborah, Gordon (Susan), Sandy (Janet), Lisa (Bob), his grandchildren; Aaron, Ian, Cassie, Alex, Tristan, Tamara (Lloyd), Christina (David), Tristan, Taija, Jessica, Olivia and greatgranddaughter Amelia.

John was passionate about the nursery industry and his family. He and his father Aron founded Cannor Nurseries in 1953. He was an industry leader and innovator, serving both provincially and nationally on Nursery Associations and was a founding member of the Farm and Safety Association.

He served his community; active in Scouts and as a hockey and baseball coach.

A celebration of life will be held on May 18 at 2 pm at the Alliance Church on Young Street in Chilliwack.

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