John Harms entered hospital December 15, 2002 suffering from a massive internal injury. In keeping with his character, John made a heroic effort to survive and was able to spend some weeks with his family. John unexpectedly and peacefully passed away January 5, 2003 in oneness with his family who sang him to the light. John was born April 29, 1925 in Battleford, Saskatchewan to John Laird and Helen Haubeck a woman of Cree descent. John was adopted and raised by Helen and John Harms Sr., Dutch Mennonite migrant farmers. John is predeceased by his first wife of 35 years Donna Bell Spencer, 1928-1985, and his sister Mary Corn. John is survived by his family: Jack, Michael (Maggie), Catherine, and Susan. Grandchildren: Andrew, Leah (Owen) and Catherina. His wife Germaine Helie and her son Bobby, and daughter Louise (Ken). Grandchildren Joelle (Rob) and Justin. Great grandchild Mackenzie whom John called “Precious”. John was a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1943-1945, and then a forward for Kansas City Playmores when he met Donna. John was a member of a number of hockey teams in B.C. and was captain of the Vernon Canadians bringing the team to an Allan Cup championship in 1956. John was inducted to the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. In addition to his hockey career, John was a long time employee of BC Hydro which he retired from in 1984. Our Dad loved the earth and had a profound sense of wholeness when outside. He spent many days on the golf course and many hours creating beautiful landscape watercolours. He was dedicated to us all. We will greatly miss his quick humour and strength.A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11, 2003 at the Schubert Centre at 2:00 pm.Donations may be made to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation in gratitude for the professional and compassionate care provided to our father.
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