John “Jack” Kenneth Walter Pridham, also know as “Grandpa Jack”, “Pops” and “Gramps”, was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, December 29,1932. Jack passed away on his own terms, October 28, 2015.
Jack was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, and attended Glebe Collegiate. He lost both parents by the time he was 15 years old. He signed up with Canada Steamship Lines at the age of 15, and travelled with them around the East Coast of Canada and the U.S. His relatives include Fenian Raids, WWI and WWII participants. His son, Norman Benjamin Pridham, CD, SSM, was a former member of the Canadian Air Force and retired after 21 years of service in 2001. Jack married Rose Kovacs, and raised two of three children in Hamilton, Ontario, where most of Rose’s family resided. His youngest daughter Carrie, was raised by a different family in Thunder Bay, Ontario, after Dad and Mom separated when Carrie was six months old.
Dad spent most of his time in Toronto, Ontario, working with Sooter Photo Studios. He operated different Sooter Photo locations in Canada, where he met his second wife, Marjorie Diaz, of Caracas, Venezuela. Dad and Marjorie spent the remainder of his later years living with his son Benn, in Cumberland, British Columbia. Marjorie and Jack separated back in 2009, and he continued living at his son’s house until May 3, 2015, under Benn’s care, before moving to the Comox Valley Seniors Village in Courtenay, BC. Jack lived in Cumberland, BC, for 20 years.
Jack’s grandchildren: Sarah, Luke, and Tim Romanec, Coral Pridham , Victoria and Gloria Hall, knew him as “Grandpa Jack” and was the only “Pridham” grandparent they knew. His lineage will be passed down in the family “History Chest”, which resides at his son, Benn Pridham’s residence, in Cumberland British, Columbia. For all those that knew him, found he was quite a character and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed by all.
Jack is survived by his daughters Bonnie Lousie Hall, Carrie Romanec, son Norman Benjamin Pridham, estranged wife Marjorie Diaz Pridham, and grandchildren.
We thank the Comox Valley Seniors Village and VIHA care workers and case managers for their fantastic assistance. Without them, dealing/assisting with our aging father would have been very stressful. Their care and compassion was very appreciated.
A wake hosted by his son Benn, will be held tonight, Thursday, November 19th, at The Waverley Hotel in Cumberland, from 7 – 10 pm. All are welcome.