Cairns, John David

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.