March 27, 1933 – May 2, 2008
John McEvitt Carswell (Mac) was born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan on March 27, 1933 and passed away May 2, 2008. Mac was taken from us by pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully at home attended by Norma, his wife of 54 years and his three sons. Mac was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Florence. He is survived by brothers: Bill (Lora) and Frank (Bev), Norma and sons: John (Judy), Bruce (Kim) and Rick (Jane); eight grandchildren: Ben, Alana, Derek, Bree, Kyla, Cameron, Clare and Alexa.
The Carswells settled in the Comox Valley near the end of the second world war. Mac finished growing up on the family farm on Guthrie Road which was then outside of Comox. He met the love of his life, Norma Jean Davis (Royston), at the end of high school and they settled in Comox to raise their three boys. Mac trained as an electrician and ended up working at the airbase for over 30 years, in the electrical shop and then as a foreman of the mechanical shop. Mom and Dad enjoyed 19 years of retirement where they continued inseparable as ever taking up golf and pursuing their love of camping and fishing in their motor home. They also crossed Canada to Newfoundland and spent several winters with the snowbirds in the southern States. Dad loved to help people and would often show up when he heard someone was fixing a car, building something or needed some wiring done. His sharp mind allowed him to solve problems others got stuck on. Many of us will have a hard time completeing jobs without him there to guide us. Dad (and Mom) got involved with everything their boys did and were both involved in the Boy Scouts for over 20 years. Dad eventually became the Assistant District Commissioner. He served as the equipment manager of the Comox Valley Minor Hockey Association for many years where he became well known for repairing goalie equipment. He had a love of the outdoors, did a lot of hiking, climbed many mountains and was a member of the Fish and Game Club. Dad had a way of making the most out of every situation and every day. He enjoyed life to the fullest and that is his gift to us. The family would like to thank Dr. John Fitzpatrick and the nurses and homecare workers for their compassionate and excellent care they gave to Mac. There will be a Celebration of Mac’s life at Piercy’s Funeral Home on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm.