John was very proud of his family and was a loving father and husband. Those left to treasure his many loving memories are his beloved wife Lynn; Johns four children; Donna (Paul) Hoffmann of Missoula, Montana, Gerald (Suanne) Meaden of Surrey, BC, Brian (Rosalie) Meaden of Prince George, BC, David Meaden of Kelowna, BC and step-son Cory (Angelea) Enns of Enderby BC. Nine grandchildren; Dustin, Dalton, Jordan, Rylan, Nathan, Jennifer, Krissi, Christian, and Kash: and niece Lorraine Johannsson.
John Evan was born August 20th, 1928, in Edmonton Alberta. John was the youngest of the four children , of Ernest and Hilda Meaden. As a young man, John began a banking career starting in Brooks, Alberta. John then met Barbara Jean Rutherford to whom he married in 1956. John and Barb soon moved to the West Coast where they started a family, eventually having four children. During this time John switched careers to sales which eventually brought the family to Prince George, BC in 1966. In 1991 John retired and moved to Vernon, BC.
John was pre-deceased by his mother Hilda, father Ernest, sister Muriel, brothers Raymond and William and his first wife Barbara.
In life, John was very outgoing and enjoyed being with friends and family, so much so he built a cabin on Cluculz Lake for all to enjoy. For over twenty years many of John’s fondest memories were spent at the family cabin. John also enjoyed a round of golf, boating, building and flying RC airplanes, and especially driving his Class A motorhome to his favourite spots.
John touched the lives of many people with his smile and hard work, and maintained his trademark sense of humour all the way to the end.
A celebration of his life will be held at Trinity United Church on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 1:00pm with Bob Thompson presiding.
The family appreciates your continued prayers and support and In lieu of flowers, family and friends may make donations to the North Okanagan Hospice Society at 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4