John Camden Broatch

Broatch, John Camden “Jack”

Born in Vancouver, July 5, 1918, Jack passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Comox, on August 31, 2003.

Predeceased by his sister, Beth, and his first wife, Ida, Jack is survived by his wife, Dorothy (”Jo”), and by his children: Michael Clee (Carolyn) of North Vancouver, Maureen Swift (Richard) of Comox, and David Broatch of Vancouver, and by his grandchildren, Dr. Susanne Clee and Christopher and Michael Swift. He is also survived by his sister, Margo Harris (Sid) and by nieces and nephews. After a long career with the Canadian Fishing Company, and terms as president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and the Medical Services Association, Jack and Jo retired to the Comox Valley. From their windows overlooking the marina, Jack watched the fishboats come and go – and nothing gave him more pleasure than watching his grandsons grow up, fishing from the docks, and boating on the bay. Jack was devoted to Jo and, together, they saw the world – much of it from the balcony of a cruise ship. Jack loved his family, the west coast, and the fishing industry. He took his greatest pleasures from the smallest things; a single blossom, a perfect tomato, a ripe apple. A gentle, thoughtful man, Jack’s strength, dignity and courage in meeting the insidious ravages of cancer and diabetes are an inspiration to all who knew him. Cremation arrangements entrusted to COMOX VALLEY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, 1101 Ryan Road. No service. Pour yourself a drink, and think good thoughts of the fine man we have known. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jack’s name to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 15 Toronto Street, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario M5C 2E3, would be appreciated.

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