Sept 26, 1922 – July 8, 2005
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, came to Fanny Bay in 1925, later to reside in Parksville and Lantzville. John passed away July 9, 2005, after a
lengthy battle with cancer. Recently predeceased by his wife Josie, who also lost her life to cancer, his first wife Dorothy, his parents Peter and Jemima Robertson, sisters Mary Saunders, Mima Davis, brother Peter Robertson and his stepson Ron Haseltine.
John leaves to mourn with so many loving memories his daughter Marion (Dean) Hodgson of Comox, son Bruce (Sandi) Robertson of Nanoose, stepson Peter (Heather) Haseltine of Vancouver, brother Duncan (Peg) Robertson of Nanaimo, eight grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
John was a hardworking, stubborn, often outspoken Scotsman with a compassionate heart. He generously worked to serve his community and the organizations he belonged to. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Worked for Craig Reid Butchers, established his own butcher shop in Parksville later expanding to the grocery business which became, Robertson’s Red and White.
John contributed to his community as Mayor and Alderman for six years. He was the past president of the Chamber of Commerce, Merchants Association, Kinsmen Club, Parksville-Qualicum Shrine Club, Past Master of Concord Masonic Lodge #79 and Grand Steward of Grand Lodge British Columbia/Yukon. In 1969 he was one of the original founding charter members of the Arrowsmith Lodge. A life member of the Royal Canadian Legion Mt. Arrowsmith Branch #49 Parksville and in 2005 became a life member of the Gizeh Shrine.
John was a true Scottish butcher who loved to celebrate and make haggis for Robert Burns Day. He had a passion for the sea and spent many hours on his boats, the Vat 69 and the Highland Fling. In the later years of his retirement he took up croquet and went on to win the Senior Division of the World Championships with his team the “Rusty Nails”.
Dad/John — as we raise our glasses with a wee dram of Scotch — Beannachd Dia dhuit
(blessings of God be with you — Scots Gaelic)
We are so proud of you.
Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at 3:00pm at Yates Funeral Home, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, B.C.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 1299, Qualicum Beach, BC V9K 2S8.