John Rowan Mackenzie Stephen

Slipped away gently on May 22nd, 2010 at Royal Jubilee Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer.John was born in Glasgow, Scotland on March 5th, 1946, lived briefly in Scotland and England, thence North Vancouver for his youth and young adulthood. After attending Simon Fraser University as a charter student, John moved to and graduated from technical school in Saskatoon where he prepared for his career as a Conservation and Fishery Officer, serving with distinction in arctic communities, thence Rivers Inlet, Lilloett and finally, Sooke, where he retired in 1999. After retirement, poultry hobby farming occupied John for many years but his abiding passion was for his family, near and far. John was active in Sooke politics and Sooke Baptist Church and was known throughout his community as a truly compassionate neighbour and good Samaritan. Shortly after his loving wife Margaret’s death in 2005, John developed multiple myeloma. In 2007 John found love again with Lucie Gaucher and the two were married in 2009. John is predeceased by Margaret, his wife of 36 years, and his father Jim, of North Vancouver. He leaves behind his wife Lucie in Sidney, sons, Michael(Heidi) in Vancouver, and Jeffrey in Victoria, and daughter, Emily Leyh(Aaron) and infant grand daughter Rebecca in Nanaimo, mother, Rebecca, in Horseshoe Bay, brother Jamie(Helen) in Chemainus, sister Moira Zealand in Sechelt, together with many devoted nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews throughout Canada and the U.S. John’s family offers thanks for the compassionate, professional care received at the Victoria Cancer Clinic and Royal Jubilee Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations are recommended to Victoria Hospice (Stadacona Centre, 1510 Fort Street, Victoria, V8S 5J2) and/or the B.C. Cancer Foundation (Suite 600-686 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1G1). A memorial service will be held at Sooke Baptist Church, 7110 West Coast Road, Sooke, B.C.(250-642-3424) on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at 1400 hrs.