John Plowman

John Plowman


August 1, 1925 – August 30, 2017

€€It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Plowman. 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Rita, daughters Christine and Hilary, sister Jean, and grandchildren Laura (Ryan), Steve (Megan), Trevor (Christya), Kayleigh (Matt) and great grandchildren Jaxon, Eloise, Abigail and many loving relatives in England.€

John was born on August 1, 1925 in Leicester, England.  John’s education started at Wyggeston Boys’ School, Leicester and later at Pangborne Nautical College.

In 1939 he became a King’s Scout.  During World War II he served in the Merchant Navy as an apprentice officer, sailing to many countries around the world.€ After the war he joined Leicester City Police.  It was during this time that John met his soul-mate, Rita, and they were married on January 8, 1949.€

In 1952, John, Rita and their 2 year old daughter, Christine, emigrated to Canada where John joined the Vancouver City Police.  Another daughter, Hilary, was born in 1953. 

John enjoyed playing soccer and curling with the Police teams.  As the children grew up the family enjoyed many happy holidays around BC and down to California.  Being a dedicated father, John attended many of his daughters’ school and sports activities.€

A change of career came in 1969 when the family moved to Chilliwack and John became an Official Court Reporter for the BC Government, retiring in 1988. 

John and Rita loved to travel to the United Kingdom and Europe. John was a life member of Chilliwack Player’s Guild where he enjoyed many facets of theatre.€ In 1993, John and Rita moved to Kamloops and became active members of St. Paul’s Cathedral congregation.  Retirement allowed John more time to enjoy his many interests such as sailing, tennis, travelling and community theatre. 

He spent many cherished hours with his family.€ John was a charter member of Valley Squadron (Canadian Power and Sail Squadron) where he taught safe boating for many years and became a life member.  Tireless hours were spent volunteering with Canadian Cancer Society, Thompson Valley Orchestra Board, Canadian Red Cross and B.C.G.R.E.U. Executive.

€In lieu of flowers and if desired, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.€

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, €360 Nicola St, Kamloops, on Sunday, September 24 at 2:00 pm.  Reception to follow.€Condolences may be expressed at

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