John Green

May 20, 1938 – August 21, 2016

A kind man who loved his family, swimming in the ocean and eating Chinese food. That’s how we are remembering Dr. John Taylor Green.

He was born in Victoria on May 20th, 1938 to Ivan and Kathleen Green. He grew up with his brother Fred and sister Helen.

He started his love for sports as a young man, Fred says the two of them were the track stars of Saanich in their day.

They were also put to work at a young age, cleaning chicken coops and sent out as young teens to blast tree stumps and clear land! The three remained close all their lives.

John attended Victoria college and studied dentistry at the University of Toronto. John married Zenith Mawdsley in 1965 and they had three children, Andrew, Peter and Lydia.

In 1979 he married Margaret Brown in Victoria, but they soon began exploring small towns across the province. From Lantzville to Nakusp…ever heard of Edgewood? Along the way Madeline, Nigel and Jonathan joined the family.

John faced a number of struggles with his health, but always maintained a sense of humour. John and Margaret returned to the island in retirement, settling in Sooke. John appreciated many family picnics, swims at Sunset Beach and regular adventures with Margaret.

He was a regular at the Sooke pool and IMAX theatre. John made friends wherever he went, many remarking on his kind and generous nature. He loved to walk but in recent years was also content to enjoy the view from his Sooke home.

John leaves behind Margaret, his six children, five grandchildren (Daniel, Jake, Dest, Oliver and Arthur) and a large extended family.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday September 3rd at 1pm at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Rd Sooke.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to SEAPARC leisure complex or to a charity of choice.


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