He was born at Kayville, Saskatchewan and joined the RCAF in 1941 serving overseas from 1942 until 1945. He farmed in the Tilley-Brooks area until retiring to Brooks in 1973 but continued an active life working, square dancing and travelling.
John married the former Mona Schlossberger on March 30, 1948 in Tilley.
He was a life member of the Elks and the Legion and had served as secretary of the Tilley Rural Electrification Assn. and the Alberta Gas Co-op, served on the board of the Brooks Co-op and was a member of the palliative care support group.
He was predeceased by his mother in 1925, his father in 1974; two brothers Bill and George in 1955; four sisters, Agness in 1933, Edna in 1987 and Mary and Flo in 1991.
Surviving are his wife Mona; four children, Donald (Robbin), Patricia (John) Douglas, David (Dianne) and Sharon; eight grandchildren; two brothers Nick and Peter; two sisters Sophia and Lena; numerous nieces and nephews and many special friends and relatives.
Prayer service was held on Sunday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Smith’s Memorial Chapel and Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Keith Sorge celebrant. Interment followed in the Brooks Cemetery.
Fraternal service was conducted by members of the EID Legion.
Honorary pallbearers were Joe and Jacqueline Hajash, John and Liz Buday and Bill and Margaret Tell. Active pallbearers were Brad and Mark Schlossberger, Joe Hajash Jr., Ed Voroney, John Douglas and Ed Buday.
If friends desire memorial donations may be made to the Brooks Health Centre Palliative Care or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.