December 15, 1932 – March 9, 2012
“He has slipped the surly bonds of earth … and touched the face of God”
At rest in the arms of God, Jack was welcomed home at heaven’s gate on March 9, 2012.
He leaves on earth the grieving and broken hearts of June (nee Mullin), his devoted wife of 57 years, and children John (Mary-Anne), Jo-Anne, Paul (Karen), Steven (Ann Bray), Ron (Lisa), Angela (Tony Gagnon), Janice Peters (Kevin), and Jerry (Tanya).
Jack was the cherished grandpa and papa of Virginia, Allison, Ian, Adam, Shayne, Cassandra, Chris, Veronica, Jared, Martina, Jonah, Abigail, Kathryn, Aiden, Paige and Lily. He was beloved great-grandpa to Aurora, Peyton, Ariannah and Marie-Eve and special step-grandpa to Ryan, Loxley, Brayden and Devyn.
Jack will be grieved and dearly missed by brother Bill (Ruth), sister Joan Hewitt, sister-in-law Jan Gibson and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by parents Herb and Annie, brothers Reg and Bob, and granddaughters Christina and Cynthia.
Jack was a gentleman in every sense of the word and lived life to the fullest with integrity and honour. His life was devoted to his sizable family and shared with a multitude of friends, all of whom will miss him deeply. He was a man of many interests, a motorcyclist, custom framer, animal lover, innovator, Lion’s Club member, woodworker, camper and, above all, Jack enjoyed a lifelong passion for flying aircraft of any kind, big or small.
Jack was employed by Ontario Hydro for 40 years as a lineman and customer serviceman, and spent many years as Divisional Chairperson for CUPE Local 1000. After his career with Hydro, Jack turned his considerable talents to volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, hobbies, and giving to others.
As his health started to fail him, Jack’s quiet determination and “never give up” attitude carried him through, but unfortunately it could not conquer his final battle with liver cancer.
He will be missed by all, but leaves many cherished memories.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Lions Club service was held on Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m.
Funeral Service was held at the Winchester Wesleyan Church on Wednesday, March 14th at 11 a.m., with Rev. Thurland Brown officiating. Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.
Pallbearers were John Gibson, Paul Gibson, Steven Gibson, Ron Gibson, Jerry Gibson, Tony Gagnon, Kevin Peters and Rob Horton.
In memoriam donations to the Winchester Wesleyan Church Building Fund and the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.