Jack missed so much school because of illness that he had to repeat Grade 1, but worked so hard, he skipped Grade 2. He attended Coaldale Bible School for 2 years, and graduated from Lethbridge (Alta.) Business College with honours. Vehicles became his passion, and a life-long career developed as bookkeeper, salesman, credit manager, and fleet sales manager for car dealerships. Jack helped many immigrants from Paraguay and Germany with loans to buy homes. He managed the Golden Rule Credit Union 14 years. Jack served as auditor, treasurer, finance committee member, and boys brigade leader. At Willingdon, Jack and Margaret were care group host couple for 8 years, and served 10 years with the Gideons. His travels included Japan, Germany, Belgium, the Holy Land, Greece, and Egypt. Jack enjoyed his grandchildren’s recitals. Jack had valve replacement surgery in 1998. Congestive heart failure and Parkinson’s disease took their toll. He is remembered as hard-working, kind, patient. Jack opened the car door for Margaret as long as he was able.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.