January 22, 2019
On January 22, 2019 John Haughton, gently slipped away from us. He left with grace and calm. John was an amazing husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, son and friend.
While the loss is immeasurable, we are at the same time grateful for every single moment we all had John in our lives.
Born in 1932, John grew up in Wolverhampton England surrounded by the chaos of World War II. Shortly after leaving school he enlisted into the Royal Air Force, just as his father had, to pursue his passion in aviation.
In 1953 his family immigrated to Ontario, where John immediately began working as an appliance repairman.
Soon after, John re-engaged into the Canadian Armed Forces where he once again pursued his passion as an Aircraft Electrical Technician. John was then posted to Cold Lake, Alberta where he met and married Lily. After several global postings and the addition of four children (Nadine, Alistair, Kevin and Corrine) they settled down in Comox. John’s entrepreneurial spirit drove him to open his own company, Alpha Electric Appliance Repair. This, in addition to working full-time in the Armed Forces, fulfilled his desire and passion of all things mechanical.
Together, John and Lily fostered 25 children over 20 years in addition to raising their own. After he finished with the C.A.F., John took position as the President of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association-888 Wing in Comox. Here he continued to share his love of aircraft with those peers, colleagues and friendships he had cultivated over the years. Additionally, John was treasurer for the 386 Air Cadet Squadron-Comox where he took great pride in supporting the cadets.
John showed us all that we should treasure every moment with those we love. This man showed endless love and pride in his family. We are very grateful we don’t have to say, “we didn’t get a chance to say all those things we wanted to,” because we did.
Our deepest gratitude, love and respect to Dr. Susan Hunter whose care and compassion over the years has never failed to amaze us. To all the amazing staff at Cumberland Lodge, we truly appreciate and thank every one of you for the excellent care and attention you provided to John.
Please join us at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association-888 Wing at 2 pm on Sunday, February 17 for a celebration of John’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cumberland Lodge Special Care Unit are greatly appreciated.