May 1, 1937 – September 1, 2007
It is with extreme sorrow that we announce the passing of Jack Johnson. He is survived by Joy, his devoted wife of 49 years, his daughters Valerie (Martin), Lori (Jack) and Lisa (Reid), as well as his grandchildren Shane and Anna who were the apples of his eyes. He also leaves behind brothers-in-law Robert (Elaine), Gerald (Betsy) and David (Pat) and sister-in-law Pat (Jim), as well as his nieces and nephews.
Jack was born in Port Huron, Michigan in the United States and he was raised in Brantford, Ontario.
Jack joined the Canadian Military in 1956, serving in Halifax, Shearwater, Montreal, Cold Lake, Trenton, finally arriving in Comox in 1982. He met Joy in Halifax in 1957 and they were married in October of 1958. They enjoyed their years in the military and have many lifelong friends as a result. jack was an avid sportsman throughout his career, playing football and volleyball for the Shearwater Flyers and hockey all throughout his career. He also loved golf and he started the Hartlens Point Golf Course at Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia and holds one of the original shares. He also belonged to Glacier Greens Golf Course at CFB Comox and Crown Isle Golf Course. He absolutely loved spending the last 10 winters at Outdoor Resorts in the Palm Springs Area and played golf there.
Jack was a kind and generous person with an extreme love for his family. He was the love of Joy’s life and they built a lifetime of beautiful memories together. Jack fought cancer with everything he had for four years, bravely battling for more time with his family until the end. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Jack will be deeply missed by those who knew him and loved him.
A special thanks to all the doctors, nurses and staff of the Chemo Unit in St. Joseph’s, and the nurses on the 3rd floor who treated Jack with such kindness and dignity. A very special thanks to Dr. Doug Anderson for his care and concern for Jack during his four year battle with cancer.
Another special thanks to everyone who travelled from out of town from Ontario, the United States and throughout B.C. Thank you to all our family, and local friends and neighbours who have been so kind, helpful and thoughtful as well.
A Service of Remembrance in celebration of Jack’s life was held on Wednesday, September 5th from COMOX VALLEY FUNERAL HOME, CREMATION AND RECEPTION CENTRE, 1101 RYAN ROAD with Chaplain Gordon Carter officiating. Entombment followed at Courtenay Civic Cemetery.
Should friends wish, donations in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, 102-1509 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 2K6 would be appreciated.