(1929 – 2011)

John Walsh Walsh Sr of Qualicum Beach passed away Aug 19, 2011 in palliative care at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital after several years of battling chronic health problems.

John was born Sept 23, 1929 in Cedar, BC where he grew up. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Frank, sister Joyce and first wife Arlene. John is survived by wife Eva, sisters Eileen and Donna as well as his children Donna (Kim) Hay, Lynn (Kerry) Davison, John ( Susan) Walsh and 8 grandchildren (Aaron, Jocelyn) (Jenna, Emma) (John, Zachary, Maggie, Samuel). He also leaves Eva`s children, James, Carrie, Heidi and granddaughter Delainn. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all his family and friends.

John was a very talented finishing carpenter and craftsman in his earlier years – much of his work still in the Nanaimo area. He went on to build and develop his dream of Echo Valley Farm north of Qualicum where his son continues his legacy. John was a progressive farmer and ahead of his time. He served on many agricultural boards that provided the foundation for the building of the farming industry in BC. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family throughout his life as they always came first. He was a man of integrity, honour and generosity, giving many a hand up to those who needed a little help to get back on their feet. He taught his children the values of pride in a job well done, honesty, fairness, compassion, to work hard and always do your best.

John always had a dog beside him and in earlier years loved hunting and fishing. He always had a boat of some kind and his heaven was relaxing on the water with a rod out. Born with a green thumb, he grew some incredible dahlias and gladiolas. John loved hockey and was an avid Canuck fan from their inception. He played both hockey and ball as a young man. During these last years his greatest enjoyment was sitting on the deck in the warm sun listening to birds, admiring the flowers in the yard with Eva by his side. John and Eva enjoyed many trips in the motor home to the Yukon, throughout BC and the States and spent many winter months in Hawaii. They also shared many memorable cruises.

John was an active member of the Parksville Masonic Lodge and Shrine Club. He spent many hours volunteering flipping pancakes and riding in the motorcycle brigade to raise money for children`s hospital.

John was very proud of his children, their achievements and of each one of his grandchildren.

We will miss him immensely – just hope the big fish are biting and the sun is shining for him now.

There will be no service at this time – a family Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

No flowers by request. If you wish, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Sands Funeral Chapel ~ Nanaimo


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