After 92 fantastic years John Hairsine (aka Jack) has boarded his final flight. Jack served in the RCAF in WW2 and flew 13 missions in Western Europe. Jack had an uncanny ability to survive against the odds. He survived 2 emergency bailouts by parachute from a downed aircraft, 14 months in a prisoner of war camp in Europe, a diagnosis of tuberculosis prior to the advent of antibiotics, and the antics of his children.
Jack was born and raised in Vernon. He met the love of his life, Gwen in 1955 and they spent the next 58 years as soul mates, enjoying travel, great friends, family and adventures together. Jack loved to ski, hike and fish. He was a past president of the North Okanagan Naturalist Club, a 33rd degree Mason, and volunteered for many community organizations.
Jack had a wonderful sense of humour, exemplified kindness and passed on to his family the values of hard work and integrity. He appreciated health and freedom and a nice glass of wine. He was proud of his prize in the Armstrong Fair for his Riesling. Jack and Gwen were renowned for their annual New Year’s Eve parties and were blessed with many great friends.
Jack was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed. Jack’s biggest fan club are his wife Gwen, and his children and their families, Kathleen and Jeff Ward of Victoria (Hillary and Cameron), Susan Hairsine and Ian Pengelly of Canmore (Leah and Jack), Carla and Brian Springinotic of Victoria (Erin and Ross), David and Shannon Hairsine of Vernon (Cole and Ella) and his nephew Robert Elsie and Stephan of Berlin.
In lieu of flowers or cards the family requests that you pay a favour forward to someone or a charity of your choice. No service is planned at this time. A celebration of Jack’s life will be arranged.
And as Jack used to say during take off in a Halifax aircraft, “I’m off in a cloud of horse shit and small stones”. We are certain he will enjoy the journey.