John Paul Svoboda was born in Vancouver British Columbia November 17, 1944 to John and Emma Svoboda and Brother Ralph.
He spent many years in Tofino growing up where he became involved in the commercial fishing and crabbing industry. During this time he became married and had two sons.
His commercial fishing over the years took him from Alaska to the coast of Oregon where he left his mark and made many friends along the way.
Later on John took an interest in the commercial shellfish industry where he spent much time on Denman Island working and making many new friends.
John made his residences in Tofino, Sooke, Port Hardy, Comox, and finally settled in the Denman Island area.
John enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, cooking for family & friends, and helping out others whenever he could. He was an environmentalist at heart with a great love for nature.
A hidden passion few knew was his interest in art and writing.
His memory will be held in the highest regard by his family, friends, and co-workers as a loving and caring friend, husband, and father.