It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the passing of John Radu on January 8, 2014 after a very short stay at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital at the age of 99 (just 1 ¼ months short of his 100th birthday). John was born on February 14, 1914 in South Wellington, just south of Nanaimo. He grew up in South Wellington, Victoria and Cassidy.
John married Mary (nee Daye) April 26, 1941. Mary predeceased John in February 2007. John and Mary lived in Lantzville for several years and since 1955 resided in Nanaimo. John remained in his home until the end and until recently looked after himself. Only recently at the age of 99, did he appear to “start” to show his age. He was always alert (with some opinions) and always happy to see friends and neighbours.
During World War II, while John was in the Navy, both Mary and John lived in Victoria.
John was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting on Vancouver Island. John entered and won numerous trap and skeet shooting competitions over the years. His working career was mainly in the logging industry up and down Vancouver Island. In the early years, living in logging camps and falling trees with hand falling saws. In later years he lived closer to home but still worked in the logging industry. Upon retirement he and Mary embarked on numerous holidays to faraway places, including annual extended stays in Hawaii.
John is survived by nephew, Ted Hamilton (Diane) North Vancouver; grandnephew, Tyler Hamilton North Vancouver; niece, Dee Dee Hodgson (Jim) Nanaimo; nephews, Wayne (Linda) and Larry Radu, Nanaimo and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.
In John’s own words, “I have had the best of everything. I have no regrets.”
John’s family and friends would like to express their appreciation for the dedication and kindness of caregiver, Christine G. of Elder Life Advocacy & In Home Care, drivers and staff of Meals on Wheels, and medical staff at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
John is gone; gone to a better place; gone to be with his long time love, wife Mary, always remembered, never forgotten, until we meet again!
At John’s request there will no service. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or charity of your choice.