Day, John Russell. Feb 12, 1930-March 23, 2013. Surrounded by family, John passed away at home on March 23, 2013. A much loved husband, father, Grandfather and loyal friend, John leaves to mourn, his wife Rose, sons Rodney (Tom) and Brian (Bryan), step-children Fiona (Kent), Lorna, Ruth (Doug), Dawson (Elizabeth). Missing their Poppa are grandchildren Devon, Chris, Sean, Chelsea, Curtis, Jasmine, Thomas, Brandon, Daniel and Violet and great grand-daughter Brooklyn. Also grieving are Nephew Boyd (Lorraine, Jennifer), Niece Lesley (Al, Michael) , cousins including Leslie, Patsy, Richard, Colin (Christina) and Chris, John’s many friends and his dog Molly.
John was predeceased by his father Frederick, mother Joan and sister Sheila. John was born in Winnipeg. He completed his B.Sc (geology) at the University of Manitoba. Following his early career as a geologist (survey and oil field geophysics) John took teacher training at UBC. He found his vocation teaching high school math and science for over 30 years (3 years in Langley and then at Mission Secondary School). Special thanks go to Dr. Scott Bakker, Chilliwack Hospital staff, Home and Palliative Care services for their wise, compassionate care. Thanks also to dear friends El, Woody and Suzy who helped ease John’s final days.
Johnny-the-rock will be remembered as a loving, generous, smart, funny man whose interests spanned history, politics, geology and film. If so desired, donations in John’s memory may be made to the Chilliwack SPCA or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. A service of Thanksgiving for John’s life will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church, 46098 Higginson Rd, Chilliwack BC at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2013.