Peacefully on January 15, 2013, John went to be with his Lord, following a lengthy struggle with dementia. He leaves to grieve his loving wife Sandra, son Cliff (Karen), Joan (Ian) and grandchildren Alec, Bruce, Madeline, Spencer and Alex, two sisters Geraldine and Judy (Don) and brother James (Sandra), John will also be missed by his sisters-in-law, Gloria and Marina, and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by son Michael and parents Gerald and Helen.
Son of a mining engineer, John lived in several parts of the world before coming to Winnipeg to attend United College in 1958. It was here he met Sandra and established many lifelong friendships. After graduation he quickly found that teaching was his true calling. He taught and was later a principal in St. James-Assiniboia until his retirement in 1994. He worked on many projects during his career, and was President of the Manitoba Association of Principals. His career was marked by his immense warmth and caring for children. At all of his schools he coached one or more sporting teams and derived great satisfaction from his interactions with young people. John's care and attention to all of his students helped inspire and, in some cases rescue, those on the wrong path. His work to develop a football program at Sturgeon Creek (now Sturgeon Heights) led to his being placed in the Manitoba High School Football Hall Of Fame in the builder category and there is an annual award in his name at Sturgeon Heights.
John's life was rich and full, with his innate energy, optimism and zest, which led to a wide variety of interests. He loved sports, was an avid curler and golfer, and was a season ticket holder for the Bombers for 25 years. For John the glass was always half full. He loved to meet people, eat a good meal, work in the garden, read a good book, or have a good discussion. His time at the cottage at Falcon Lake was special, and he loved to share the accomplishments of his sons and grandchildren. While never parading it, he was a tireless worker at Grace Bible Church, and was underpinned with a strong foundation of faith.
The last few years have been difficult for John and those around him. With Sandra always at his side, he succumbed to the relentless path of dementia. However, his warm smile, gentle manner and optimism never faltered.
Family and friends all have wonderful stories about John, especially his funny escapades, but they are always marked by the love and respect everyone had for this fine man.
A service celebrating John's life will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Grace Bible Church at 366 Oakwood Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C OX4 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsonfuneralchapel.com
Saturday January 19, 2013
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