John Allan Dawson
April 7 1954 – May 25 2016
Our beloved John has passed away peacefully at home in Sointula B.C. surrounded by his family and dear friends. He will be survived by Evelyn, his loving wife of 40 years, Son Jay, Daughter Aili, Mother Dolores, Brother Gordon and his wife Shana Dawson, sister Cheryl and her husband Don Cameron, father in law Richard Michelson, Lorraine and Randy Williams, Ross and Sheila Michelson, Gayle and Stewart Marshall along with all of his nieces, nephews and their families, each holding a special place in John’s heart. And of course who could forget his faithful little malti-poo, Jozee.
Born in Edmonton Alberta, John developed a strong enthusiasm for skiing, hiking, camping, fishing and farming. At the age of 18 John made a move out west and began logging the wild coast of British Columbia. It was during this exciting time that John and Evelyn met and started their life together. Evelyn’s strong fishing heritage born out of Sointula B.C., meant that John was immersed in the rich fishing culture of that community. He soon learned the craft and within several years became a sought after skipper and respected member of the commercial fishing industry. It was on the ocean where he found his true calling and forever more became a man of the sea.
John lived his life with passion and gusto, was always connecting, making plans, and working hard to support his family. He was a man of endless energy, extremely driven and always faced challenges head on. His enormous bravado was matched only by his long list of achievements in the wide range of undertakings he set his mind to. John was deeply connected to nature and especially the west Coast of B.C. John became a passionate defender of the Wild Salmon.
Many of John’s fondest memories were made in powerful natural spaces such as Hadai Gwaii, the far reaches of Knight Inlet, Northern B.C and the Yukon. It was in these landscapes and on his properties, first on Headquarters Road in the Comox Valley then later at his beautiful property on the southern tip of Malcom Island where he connected with his family and with himself.
John will always be remembered for his incredible zest for life and his boundless love for his family and friends. He dreamed big dreams, did things his way, and had great vision. We know that his spirit will be soaring with the Eagles, watching over us all. May we all live large for him today and always.
John’s family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Armogam, Brittany and staff at the Port McNeill pharmacy, and to nurse Maggi of Sointula. There will be a celebration of life held at #22 Lands End Road, Sointula, B.C. on Sunday, June 19th at 3pm