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Thursday February 21, 2013

John Jay, 77, of Windsor, NS passed away peacefully on February 20th 2013, surrounded by members of his immediate family. He was born on January 1, 1936 in Pisquid West, PEI to the late Malcolm B. and Jessie M. (Buchanan) Jay. He is survived by his wife and best friend Della Marie, his children John Fitzgerald (Laila) of Toronto; Elizabeth (Dr. Simon Walling) Halifax; and adored grandchildren Jessie, Jackson, Jonah and Malcolm; his sister Gloria M. Fullerton Cornwall. PEI; his brother Brian G. (Marion) Halifax, his first wife Joyce (Mason) Jay and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother in infancy. He attended Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Technical College graduating with a B.Eng in Civil Engineering in 1959. He was a Consulting Engineer for 46 years until retiring at the age of seventy- five as the Chairman of Novaport International Consultants Limited. As the managing director of Canadian Plant and Process Engineering, Canplan Consultants and Novaport he traveled the world from Bangladesh to Belize and from Yemen to Guyana. A compulsive volunteer he gave his time and resources to many organizations including: The YMCA where he served as Chairman of the Halifax Y, Chairman of the International Development Committee, Representative at the World Alliance of YMCA's in Uganda, and was an Honourary Trustee at the time of his death. He served on the Board of Pine Hill Divinity Hall and The Atlantic School of Theology. John had an abiding interest in tall ships as a youth training and skill development initiative. He was the Vice Chairman of the Tall Ships 2000 transatlantic race for which he received the Robin Duchesne Memorial for best tall ships venue. He was a member of the Board of the Nova Scotia International Tattoo Foundation. Of particular interest to John were matters relating to the Royal Canadian Navy. He was an active member of the Naval reserve, attached to HMCS SCOTIAN for sixteen years, retiring as a Constructor Lt. Cdr. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration in 1964. A Member of the Royal United Services Institute and a Life Trustee of the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust which he recently served as Chairman. John was a trustee of Windsor United Church at the time of his death. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at Windsor United Church at 2:00 PM on Monday the 25 of February, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust, in his memory, would be appreciated. (P.O. Box 99000, Stn Forces, Halifax, B3K 5X5).

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