CAIRNS – John David Cairns beloved husband of Doris Cairns of Brooks, passed away in Brooks on February 26th, 2003 at the age of 83 years. John was born in Saskatoon on July 1st, 1919 and received his education there. During the Second World War he served two years as a Gunner with the Royal Canadian Artillery. After his discharge, he went back to University receiving his Bachelors of Art and Education and except for his thesis, completed his Masters in Education. His teaching career began in Saskatchewan. John worked for Indian Affairs as Superintendent of Saskatchewan Indian Schools both in Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. In SpiritRiver (Peace River area) he was Assistant Superintendent for two years before coming to Brooks in 1962 and it was here that he and Doris raised their family. John was Principal of Central Elementary School for 22 years retiring in 1985. He was very committed to his community and had been active with the BrooksUnited Church, the Royal Canadian Legion – EID Branch, the BrooksMuseum and the early organization of COMACT. John was able to be at home for the past ten years; however those years were very difficult for him because of health complications. He was admitted to the Brooks Health Centre – Long Term Care in the spring of 2002. John will be remembered as a loving husband and father for his devotion and service to the church based on a strong faith in Christian ideals and ethics and for his commitment to education and the community. John was predeceased by his parents John and Jean ; sister Violet Harper and step-mother Edna. He is survived by his loving family, wife Doris; daughter Jean (Mark) Henry of Lloydminster; daughter Patricia (Terry) Coderre of Okotoks and their children Justin, Eric, Sara and David; daughter Chris Cairns of Edmonton; sister Mary (John) Shadick of Victoria; nephew Stan Shadick of Saskatoon; niece Sylvia (Robin) Shadick-Taylor and their sons Cory and Jonathan of Edmonton; brother Bill (Edith) Cairns in Ontario; nephew Johnny and his children Cory and Jay in Ontario; nephew Robert of Ontario and cousin Janie Bignell in Scotland. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 1st from the BrooksUnitedChurch. Rev. George Edmonds officiated. Honorary Pallbearers were members of the (Royal Canadian Legion. Active Pallbearers were Cam McCune, Dempster Havens, Ozzie Schalm, Arnold Preston, Harry Hamm and Andy Barath. Interment followed at the Field of Honor, Brooks Cemetery. In memory of John, if friends desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Brooks United Church Memorial Fund, 507 – 3rd Avenue West, Brooks T1R OB2; Brooks and District Museum, Box 2078, Brooks T1 R 1C7; or to Newell Adult Support Program (NASP), Bag 300, Brooks T1 R 1B3. Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Home. Telephone 362-4636 or 1-866-362-4652.