MCPHERSON, John James ( Jake )
June 5 1945 - January 11 2011
It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the sudden passing of Jake McPherson on the 11th January 2011. He leaves behind his wife Heather and daughter Kelly ( Terry ) and grandchildren, Ashley, Corbin and Amelia.
Jake was born in Winnipeg MB June 5th 1945 to James and Georgina McPherson. He is survived by three sisters Edna of Inwood MB, Donna of Richmond B.C. and Betty of Coquitlam B.C.
Jake joined the Navy at an early age and served on many different ships. After a few years he decided to try a different occupation which was a driver for Pepsi Cola. It didn't take long for him to figure out that seeing the world was a lot better than delivering pop to little places like Yale and “downtown” Spuzzum. Jake quickly rejoined the Navy.
In 1971 he remustered to the Air Force, spending time with 407, 443 and 423 Squadrons and making lasting friendships on both coasts. After serving many years with these Squadrons he then was posted to Headquarters in Esquimalt as an Area Cadet Adviser for the Air Cadet Unit of B.C. With this position he travelled to all the Air Cadet Units in B.C. This was his last Military posting.
Upon retirement he joined the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires and worked in Victoria until moving to Courtenay in 2004. He continued with the Corps until his passing.
Around 1996 Jake and Heather discovered the joys of travel and cruised to many ports around the world. Jake enjoyed his home and spent many hours with its care. His walks with Myah ( faithful family pet ) were a daily part of his life.
Jake was a wonderful man who made many friends and will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.
The outpouring of kindness has been overwhelming. Special thanks to Harvey and Jean Copeland, Marilyn Wickes, Linda Cluett and to Fred Mason for all his support.
Memorial Poppy Service will be held in the upper hall of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 in Comox B.C., Padre Neil Parker officiating. Service will be January 25th 1:00 P.M. Reception following.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Fund or Charity of your choice.