John grew up Victoria, moved to BC Molley on Alice Arm and on a trip to Terrace at age 19; he met his future wife of 43 years, Beverly McClellan. They moved to Prince Rupert where John worked first for Lindsay Transport and then the Department of Highways driving truck. Always wanting to be a boss, John moved to Terrace when promoted to Foreman 1.
At 20 Mile John and Bev raised their four children, forever fishing, camping and hunting.
In 1987, he took a Foreman 2 position in South Side Francois Lake and in one year he made Foreman 3 in Houston. After privatization, John worked for LDM in Smithers for 8 years and 1 year with McElhanney.
In 2007 John retired to homestead on the family’s property on Buck Flats Road, gardening, preserving, cooking and cleaning house for his wife who owns The Pleasant Valley Restaurant.
2014 was supposed to be a year of fishing every lake in the area with dear friends Ric and Marilyn Berglund. John’s diabetes did not allow this.
Predeceased by father Pat and mother Sylvia.
Left to mourn and deeply missed by his family: Wife – Beverly, Daughters – Tracy (Ian) and Lori, Sons – John and Tom. Grandchildren – Trent, Troy, Sydney, Jailene, Mackenzie, Brook, Mariah, Brianna, John Conner and Emily. Brothers – Steve (Regina), David and Sister – Patty (Roy) and his special friends – Tanner Wiley, Hunter and Sam.
John was soon to be a Great Grandpa – besides his family and friends, fishing and hunting were his great loves. Fish On John. We will miss you.
A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, July 5th at 2:00pm
at the Houston Senior Centre.