Record bids farewell to Johns

The Comox Valley Record bids adieu this week to an employee who has been a behind-the-scenes mainstay of its many successes over the past 23 years.

Production department stalwart Mark Johns' last day at the keyboard is March 28. His keen eye for detail and devotion to detail has been a guiding light in making the Record an award-winning newspaper.

Johns began his career in 1973 with Queens Printers in Charlottetown, PEI. "I was doing camera work and plating," he recalled.

A move to the West Coast in the mid-1970s saw him working on a local shopper publication in Langley. He began his newspaper career in the production department at Langley.

Moving to Vancouver Island, he joined the Comox District Free Press in 1977 and was there for two years. A brief stint in Parksville and a return to school (Vancouver Vocational Institute) to hone his skills was followed by a 14-year stint as a self-employed photo-typesetter with massive Compugraphic equipment in his home.

The affable 62-year-old says one of his many career highlights in his 22 years with the Record was working with former Record reporter Susan Quinn, as her page layouts were exemplary.

Looking ahead, Johns says he and partner Mandy plan to travel (including a cross-Canada excursion). He also will have more time to devote to playing hockey, biking, camping and canoeing.

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