January 26, 1927 – October 17, 2016
John was born in Wellington, Somerset England. He spent much of his youth in Portsmouth with brief stays in Gibraltar and Derby. During WWII he lived in Yeovil, Somerset.
Following the completion of an Engineering apprenticeship at the age of twenty-one, he joined the Merchant Navy that saw him visit ports around the world.
In 1958 he immigrated to Canada where he settled on the British Columbia coast. He was employed by Island Tug and Barge which included working on the well-known Sudbury II towing liberty ships across the Pacific to Japan.
In 1960 he joined the BC Ferries on their inaugural run from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen. He later transferred to Nanaimo and spent the rest of his 33 year BC Ferry career as Chief Engineer on the Departure Bay/Horseshoe Bay run.
John was a dedicated and kind hearted family man – known as Doody at home. He was loved by everyone who was fortunate to have known him.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years Bess, son Tom, daughter Diana (Dan), and grandson Jonathan.
To honour his request, there will be no service.