John Douglas Auchterlonie

Born February 28, 1939 in Cumberland, passed away on December 24, 2012 after a difficult struggle with cancer.

Left to celebrate his life are his two children and their families: Susan, Harvey, Spencer and Zoe (McDougall) and Bob, Tammy, Michael and Fraser, his sisters Nonie and Fran, brother Peter, sister-in-law Jan, nieces and nephews and friends.

Predeceased by his wife Roberta (2009) and his brother Wib (2010).

John worked in the family bakery for over 50 years, starting at a young age, until his retirement in 2003. He was known for his donuts, butterhorns, butter buns and always-fresh bread.

Also active in the community, John was a member of the Kinsmen Club, a volunteer with the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, and then upon retirement, with the Fire Safety House. In 2004, John was made an Honorary Captain in the CVFD.

John’s life revolved around his family. He was especially proud of Bob’s career in the Royal Canadian Navy and spent most days in recent years with Susan’s family either driving them to their activities or very recently, in the passenger seat, teaching Spencer how to drive. His favourite times were watching his three grandsons play hockey in arenas across Canada and the USA, watching Zoe perform either on stage or in the pool, travelling to Hawaii to lie in the sun, drink a few Chi-Chi’s and swim in the surf, and spending time on his boat. Deep Bay, Tribune Bay, Henry Bay, Desolation Sound, and Jervis Inlet are awash with memories.

Thank you to Dr. Woldnik for the care he provided, the home care nurses and especially to the nurses and staff at the Comox Valley Seniors Village for their care and compassion in Dad’s final days.

No service by request. Instead, Dad’s ashes will be spread at the mouth of Tribune Bay one perfect day next summer, to join Mom’s. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Island College Foundation to support aspiring bakers or the BC Cancer Agency to help find a cure.


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