We regret to announce the passing of a dear husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather, Jean Joseph (Jake) Vachon who died after a long struggle with deteriorating health.
Born to John & Alma Vachon in Sudbury ON, at 3 months of age he & his mom traveled back to their home in Fort St. James, thus becoming the first white baby to arrive there. He passed away at VGH on April 7 at age 87.
He met his future wife Mary in Vanderhoof, when she arrived to be the first nurse at the hospital. His greatest wish was fulfilled, that he would live and be there for his wife of 65 years, Mary. Mary passed away August 4, 2007.
Jake retired at age 78 from Coldstream Auto Parts, where he was a heavy duty mechanic. Jake, Mary & family lived in many BC locations. One being Lumby, where he worked for Dycks Garage & Ohashi Bros.
From 1942-46 he served overseas with the 85th Bridge Company as a mechanic during WWII.
Predeceased by his wife Mary, his parents and only brother Jiggs.
Dad will be missed by his family, only daughter Maureen (Joerg) Glaus, 5 sons, Rene (Merle), Leslie (Dorothy), Gerry (Louisa), Bill (Linda), Lance (Beth), 14 Grandchildren & numerous great grandchildren.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the staff of Vernon Restholm, Gateby 3rd floor (his Gateby girls), and to Marilyn Marcioux, for their faithfulness to Dad & Mom. All whom came to see him his day of passing.
Prayers will be held on Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church on Monday April 14 at 11:00 a.m.
Following the service, a tea will be held in the Church Basement.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Gateby Complex, 3500-31st Ave. Vernon B.C., V1T 2G5, would be greatly appreciated.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Dignity Funeral Home