Our beloved Father passed away peacefully at Victoria General hospital the morning of August 25 from complications of a large stroke suffered a week earlier. Jack was born and raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England where he apprenticed as a machinist and fitter, eventually serving with the British Merchant Marine as Engineer Officer on various ships during WW2. He returned to work in Leeds with various large industry organizations after the war, and he married our dear mother Anne at Middleton, Leeds in April 1949. In 1963 Dad and Mom decided to leave England and immigrate to Canada, resulting in Dad flying out to Ontario to take up a position with Babcock Wilcox. The rest of the family arrived by CP steamer, the Empress of Britain, 6 months later. In 1967 we moved from Ontario to BC where Dad took a position with the then Victoria Machinery Depot. After serving his final working years with Yarrows and Versatile Shipyard he retired in 1990 to play golf with his friends at the Royal Colwood Golf Club, and enjoy his magnificent garden. Dad and Mom lived out their retirement years at their beautiful East Sooke home where we all spent many happy years with them. Sadly, our Mom passed away in October, 2009 leaving Dad alone in their home of 30 years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him especially his immediate family, sons John and Neil (Rosemary), Daughter Beverly and her husband Darrell, Grandchildren Clint (Nelly), and Christina. We would like to especially acknowledge the outstanding nurses and Doctors of Victoria General who made our Dad’s last days as comfortable as possible.
A celebration of his life will be held at First Memorial tea room, 4725 Falaise Drive on Saturday September 4th at 2 p.m.