John Koop was born in southern Russia on March 5, 1925 and passed away in Comox, BC on July 9, 2012. He was pre-deceased by his wife Lily in 2000, granddaughter Kristie Lynn and an older sister in infancy.
He is survived by his loving family Bob (Paulette) Koop, St. Catharines, Ontario, Kathy (Ernie) Klassen, Black Creek, BC, Peter (Darla) Koop, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario and Marie Koop, Comox, BC. His grandchildren are Jeremy, Michael (Karen), Josh (Anna), Carmen, Sam, Cassandra, Emily and Joshua. His great grandchildren are Bella, Jared, Olivia, and Olivia.
John arrived in Canada at 6 months old and grew up in Manitoba. At age 13 he moved with his family to Ontario. He began full time employment at E.D. Smith nurseries at age 16. He started his carpentry career in Alberta, moving back to Ontario to marry Lily Penner in 1950 and then back to Alberta to apprentice as a carpenter. After a few years he moved to Ontario and worked as a cabinet maker until 1968. In 1969 he taught woodworking until retiring in 1986. In 1989 John and Lily moved to Comox where he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, quilting, being part of the Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church and having coffee and visits with friends. In the last few years he reconnected with his teenage friend Eleanor Wolverton and enjoyed spending time with her.
Many thanks to the staff at Berwick, Dr. Anderson and the nurses on the 1st floor.
A memorial service will be held at the Black Creek Mennonite Brethren Church on Saturday, July 21 at 2pm. If friends so wish, donations in John’s memory made to L’Arche Comox Valley 1744 England Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2P6 would be appreciated.