John a longtime resident of Abbotsford, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 7, 2008 at the MSA Hospital. Born in Nikoliapol, Ukraine, John was six when his family emigrated to Canada to settle in Morden, Manitoba. After service with the Canadian Transportation Corps in England and the Continent during World War II, he took up small fruit farming on Sumas Prairie and then a long career in construction, mostly with HB Contracting of Surrey. John was a charter member of the Ledgeview Golf Club and served one term as Alderman in Abbotsford. He will be deeply missed and remembered by his wife of 62 years, Lydia; daughters Lynda Hannah & Hildie Braun- Edwards; sons John R. Braun, Jamie Braun & Jerry Braun; 13 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; sisters, Kate Block and Erna Enns. John is predeceased by his sisters, Rita and Mary; son-in-law Murray Hannah and daughter-in-law Michele Cotner. A celebration of John’s life will be held at 1:30 pm, Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.
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