A resident of Lakeshore Drive, Morrisburg, for the past 37 years, John “Jack” Adlington passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, following a brief illness. He was three days short of his 97th birthday.
Jack was born in Tempo, Ontario, on October 9, 1918, to his parents Percy and Alice Adlington (nee Marshall).
Raised on a farm, Jack attended high school in St. Thomas and joined the RCMP before the second world war broke out.
Granted permission to leave the Force to join the military in 1942, he subsequently joined the RCAF where he became a wireless air gunner on a B24 Liberator bomber.
While in training he met and subsequently married his life long partner, Ruth Robinson, who was also training in the RCAFWD at the time, of Morrisburg.
Jack was sent to various training centres in Canada for flight training. He eventually flew across the Atlantic to the Middle East and ended up in India and Burma. While in India, his flight crew was seconded to the RAF where they flew out of Burma to patrol the Indian Ocean for Japanese shipping, convoys and submarines.
After the war, Jack returned to Windsor, Ontario, where he was hired by the Windsor City Police as part of group of returning veterans. His three children were born in Windsor.
Jack left the police department to become a claims adjustor and he eventually ended up as claims supervisor at Dominion of Canada General Insurance in Ottawa, where he worked until he retired in 1984.
From that point forward, Jack spent his retirement in Morrisburg, surrounded by family. He watched his grandchildren grow up and did all those wonderful things grandparents do to help them become the terrific adults they have become.
He often said the biggest compliment a man could get was that he was good neighbour. He was that and much more helping neighbours in any way he could.
Jack is survived by his wife of over 72 years, Ruth Adlington (nee Robinson), and by his children Jim (Connie) of Morrisburg, Cathy Adlington of Morrisburg and Tom (Dorothy) of Morrisburg.
Jack will be fondly remembered by grandchildren John, Michael (Anne), Lisa Lunn (Steve), David (Tara), Andrew (Alix), Richard, Amanda (D’Arcy) and great-grandchildren Miles and Evan.
He was predeceased by his sisters Ella Patterson and Ruby Blondin and brothers George and Harry Adlington. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg (613-535-2339), on Friday, October 16th, from 6-8 p.m.
A private family funeral service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Mariatown.
Donations to C.H.E.O. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.
Jack received wonderful care from the outstanding ladies of Assisted Living, Dr. Geoff Peters and the Perley and Rideau Veterans residence and the family is grateful to Veterans Affairs and the Morrisburg Legion for their support.