Peter John (P. J.) Gairns
April 5, 1937 – October 4, 2017
Johnny G. has left the building.
An Agassiz boy born to Peter and Gwen and older brother to David and Sylvia. He married Nadine McIntosh in 1959. They had 4 children; Susan, Lorraine, Glenn and Dawn and 6 grandchildren, Katherine, Evan, Rudy, Erin, Thomas and Jett.
Personally and professionally, John showed up for life. He was always up for friends, family time and made things happen.
He loved a destination. In 1958 he rode a Matchless motorcycle through England and Europe. He also loved a good story, long hauls with kids and camper rigs, BBQ’s, all music, a good glass of wine and a piece of cheese. He mastered surveying, survived a time in big construction, travelled far and near for the adventure, was an excellent host and a Boy Scout to the end.
He began his career as the Municipal Clerk in Agassiz and then in Delta. He was the Administrator for Dewdney Allouette Regional District and Squamish Lillooet Regional District.
From 1986-1988 he was Chairman of the B.C. Branch of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, then Canadian Chairman from 1988 – 1990.
Always dressed and ready to impress, his quick wit and diplomatic tact went a long way in municipal management and politics.
He amazed us with his tenacity and determination in recovering from a stroke. He never gave up going and doing. True to his English upbringing he stayed strong and carried on until recently. The family is most thankful for the truly loving, compassionate and professional care by the staff at Mayfair in Abbotsford.
There you go Agassiz Joe, John, Johnny G and Daddy O. Thanks for all the love and good times. We love you and you will always be in our hearts.
Please raise a glass in his memory.
A wine, beer and b.s. drop in reception will be held Saturday, November 11th between 2 and 6 pm at John and Nadine’s home.