August 16, 1941 – January 30, 2019
Born August 16, 1941 in Vernon, B.C., passed away in Ottawa, Ont. January 30, 2019
Survived by his wife of 35 years Mana of Ottawa, sister Betty Lou (Jim) of Vernon, brother Ted of Kelowna, niece Janet and nephew Willie and their families. Also survived by cousins David, Jeanette, Linda, Fran, Gayle, Christine, David, Eva and Joe (AKA “The Everitt Clan”) and their families and many great friends he met along the way.
Predeceased by his parents Ruby (nee Everitt) and Charles Roy.
While enjoying his time in the Army Cadets including several summers at the Vernon Army Cadet Camp John found his calling of service to his country, he left school at 17 and enlisted in the Canadian Army in the Signal Corp. John transferred to the Canadian Foreign Affairs communications department. After 38 years of service John retired at 55 in Ottawa. John’s time in the army and foreign affairs took him to every continent except Australia including postings to the middle east, the Congo, Sweden, England, the Philippines and Thailand.
John had a great sense of humour, enjoyed life accumulating many stories that he loved to tell and nicknamed his buddies and family names like Peaches, Gumboot and the Brat to name a few. He will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of John’s life will be held later this year in Vernon, date and place to be announced when determined.