Mar 28, 1951 (Jasper, Alberta) – Mar 8, 2013 (Comox, B.C.)
John passed peacefully at home surrounded by love, with his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 40 years Sharon, daughter Jennifer Nelson, and brother Bill Gerrie by his side. Sister Bonnie Emmerson was also present by iPhone.
Even when John was first diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in July 2012 and told that he could have as little as 30 days to live, John said that he had lived a full life. And that he did. He was always known as the daredevil that would do and try anything. He loved flying his Cessna, diving from the highest cliffs, riding his motorcycle, scuba diving, water and snow skiing,and golfing.
John was the proudest grandpa to Jennifer & Steve’s two boys Jake and Brady.
Predeceased by his father William (Bill) MacDonald and sister Jeanette Teague, John is survived by his wife Sharon, daughter Jennifer (Steve) Nelson, mother Betty Williams, sisters Bonnie (Gary) Emmerson, Shelly (Peter) Penner, Leslie McMillan, Evelyn (Charlie) Van Tassel and brother Bill (Edna) Gerrie. A Celebration of John’s Life will be planned at a future date. Donations may be made to a charity of choice in lieu of flowers please.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Dr Konway, Dr Wiens, the Home and Community Care nurses and Home Care Workers for their support which enabled John to be cared for and to die at home – which was his wish.