Nov. 14, 1934 – Oct. 1, 2007
Jacob Sawatsky peacefully drew his last breath in the presence of our Lord, surrounded by his family at 4:00 pm, October 1, 2007 at the age of 72 years. His funeral mass was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on Friday, October 5. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Marguerite; 2 children: Pamela (Adam) Ellis, David (Suzanna) Sawatsky; numerous foster children including Jeanine Moffatt and Kathy Ainsworth; 5 grandchildren; 3 sisters: Mary Savoy, Elizabeth Bell and Martha Penner as well as 2 brothers: Neal and Hank Sawatsky. Jake surpassed all medical expectations throughout his 3 year battle with cancer, because as he put it less than a month ago, “I still have work to do”. Jake worked all his life. At the age of eight he started on the family farm. He had many varied professions; from working as a telegram messenger boy, cab driver, milkman, labourer on the DEW Line inside the Arctic Circle, as well as many other exciting expeditions, leading to his 33 year career with the Canadian National Railway. After retirement Jake pursued his dream and developed a well received hobby, “Sawatzky Designs”, building trophies and engraving. Although work was always important, Jake’s true passion in this world was his charity and his commitment to helping others. He accomplished this through various community and religious channels including service on Parish Councils, Presidency of “Happy Child Foster Parents Association” through Catholic Charities, but primarily through the Knights of Columbus, of which he was a member for 43 years, holding numerous important positions such as; District Deputy #7; achieving the prestigious “Star District Award”, Grand Knight, Faithful Navigator and District Marshall. Jake was also instrumental in spearheading many councils and was directly responsible for forming both the 3rd degree council #8248 in Mission as well as the Fourth Degree Assembly #2057, serving the Fraser Valley. Jake was known as a great humanitarian, a walking encyclopedia and a great conversationalist. He knew a little something about everything. He will be greatly missed by many. May he see our Redeemer face to face, standing in His presence forever, may he ever be united to Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
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