On March 31, 2003 John Woodrow Green passed away peacefully at home in Chilliwack, with his loving wife by his side. He was born in Lethbridge, Alta. on August 23, 1916.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret; his sister Orisa Younkers of Lethbridge, Alta.; his children, Donald (Judy) of Farmington, N.M., Lyle (Ardell) of Port Coquitlam, and Laura (Ross) Irwin of Chilliwack; nine grandchildren, Jay, Marla, Colleen, Stewart, Maggie, Andrew, Lori-lynn, Shara-lynn, and David; 16 great-grandchildren, Kayla, Kortney, William, Scott, Rachel, Shannon, Jessica, Eric, Nathan, Joshua, Kasandra, Brittany, Brianne, Cassidy, Kelsie, and Tyler; and many nieces and nephews.
His early years were spent in Lethbridge, Alta. and Washington State where he developed a love of hockey and baseball. He worked for the Green Star Milling Company, and Eillison Milling Company and married his wife Margaret, in 1938 in Lethbridge, Alta. He served in the Royal Canadian navy from 1942 to 1945 as a Chief Petty Officer aboard the HMS Salisbury and the HMS Nabob. The horrors of the Second World War took a lifelong toll on him and he taught his family that there are no atheists and those who claim to be soon have a change of heart when they come face to face with the real horrors of war.
In 1957 he relocated to B.C. where he worked for Crown Zellerbach and Fletcher Challenge in their Ocean Falls and Campbell River divisions. He served in the community as a Legion president, little league coach and school board member. After his retirement in 1981 he dedicated most of his life in service to his Heavenly Father, his church and his family. We hope that he will be remembered for his generosity, faithful service to others and his wonderful stories and laugher. He was proud of all of his family and their accomplishments and will be sadly missed by them.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Apr. 4, 2003 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.