February 7, 1916 – June 6, 2015

John was born and raised in Nanaimo, the youngest of four boys (Wallis, Hubert, and George). He served in the Lake Superior Army, Company “A.” during WWII from 1942-1945. He was deployed to England and then France to fight through Holland, Belgium and Germany.

Upon returning to Nanaimo he married Dolly (McKenzie) in 1953 and moved to Victoria where he worked as a postman until his retirement in 1980. John and Dolly enjoyed travelling during their retirement making frequent trips to Reno and Hawaii.

When Dolly passed away in 2006, John returned to Nanaimo to be closer to his family. He lived independently and enjoyed being amongst the wonderful people at Longwood (Stonecroft) Condominums and volunteering at the Nanaimo Military Museum until his sudden passing just 8 months shy of his 100th birthday.

John was a gentle and kindhearted man who enjoyed spending time with his family, having fun and laughing during special occasions, cheering on his favourite sport teams including the Nanaimo Clippers, the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Red Wings as well as the Vancouver Canucks.

John will be greatly missed by many friends that he made over his long life, especially Jim and Isabel Holmes, his niece Donna (Waide) Stennes, great-niece Kayla (Nathan) Robinson, great-great-niece, Lily, great nephew Scott Stennes, nephew Murray (Kim) Anderson, sister-in-law, Kay Sharpe, brother-in-law Rod McKenzie, and many nieces and nephews from the extended McKenzie and Fogden families.

A Celebration of Life will be held in his honour on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Longwood Condominiums Clubhouse in Nanaimo.

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