April 6, 1940 – April 6, 2021
It is with our deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved Jack in the comfort of his Nanaimo home on April 6, 2021. Jack was born in Marwayne, Alberta of Evelyn and James Martin Johnstone and was the younger of two brothers (Jim and Gary).
Jack is survived by his loving wife Diana of sixty years, three sons John (Lori), Danny, Darin (Susan) and daughter Jody (Greg), five grandchildren Jordan, Jenaya, Kurtis, Jamie, and Dylan.
Jack joined the RCMP in 1959 and retired as Staff Sgt. Administration NCO in 1989 in Nanaimo, BC. He served in Saskatoon, Eston, Biggar, Regina (Small arms and drill instructor), Hope, Victoria, Shawnigan Lake, Golden, and Nanaimo where he retired and then worked for 10 years known as the “Happy Singing” School Bus Driver for SD68.
During Jack’s career in the RCMP, he was a distinguished marksman and had the honor of riding in a special exhibition presented to Queen Elizabeth in 1960. Jack was a past President of the Nanaimo Gyro Club where he and Diana made many wonderful friends. He was made an honorary member when ill health made it impossible for him to attend meetings. Jack was a competitive sportsman, loved curling, and enjoyed boating, fishing, and camping with his friends and family.
Jack will be fondly remembered as a kind and loving man who despite many years of battling sickness, always maintained his cheerful disposition, sense of humour and love of music. He was companionate and cared for others, always asking, “How’s the Family?”. Jack was a very “Special” person who touched the lives and hearts of all of those who were fortunate enough to know him.
“Special” is a word that is used to describe something that is one-of-a-kind-like a hug or a sunset, or a person who spreads love with a smile or a kind word or gesture.
“Special” describes people who act, from the heart, and keep in mind the hearts of others no matter what their circumstance.
“Special” applies to something that is admired and precious and which can never be replaced.
“Special” is the word that best describes you – Our beloved Father, Husband, Grandpa, Uncle, and Friend. We will forever hold you close to our hearts and are grateful for the many laughs, smiles, songs, and wonderful memories that we have shared. May you rest in peace.
Thank you to the caring team of VIHA homeworkers and especially to his compassionate Dr. Uchman (Duda).
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to be made in Jack’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society or the BC Cancer Foundation.
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