1920 – August 10, 2008
After a brief illness John’s big heart gave out in the early hours of Sunday, August 10th at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
His sharp mind and ready wit were with him to the very end and his last thoughts were devoted to Joan, his lovely “British war bride”.
Born in 1920 in Killam, Alberta, but raised in Vancouver, John was predeceased by his parents and brother, Ronald, who died as a bomber pilot over Germany.
John joined the RCAF early in World War II and served with a night fighter wing in Britain. He had a full career with the Air Force, retiring as a senior flight engineer. Later he became the Fleet Safety manager for Canada Post in Vancouver. Throughout his life, John had a passion for cars, travel and sailing.
John will be dearly missed by his daughter Norma Sweet (Chuck), son Raymond, grandchildren Shannon and Craig Sweet and two great-grandchildren.
It was John’s wish that he be cremated without fanfare.
The family wish to thank Dr. David Bowler for the care provided and the staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital for their professionalism and courtesy at the end.
We hope that John’s loving dog, Charlie, was waiting for him to arrive for one last walkie. if you share John’s love of dogs, kindly consider a donation to the Comox Valley SPCA or to the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation in lieu of floral tributes.