Jacob John Fast died July 7, 2009. He was born Apr. 12, 1929 in Gnadenthal, Man. to John and Elizabeth Fast. At 13, he moved to Yarrow, B.C., with his mother, 4 sisters and 1 brother; he attended Upper Sumas School for a short time. Jake became a professional truck driver in 1953, picking up milk at farms throughout the Fraser Valley for more than 30 years. He was quietly proud of his perfect driving record, but probably more proud of the many friends he made. Jake married Katie Kornelsen in 1953. They moved to Langley, B.C., later Greendale, B.C. He was a member of the Greendale MB church. He enjoyed travelling, building, and repairing anything, then became imprisoned by Parkinson’s disease. His final years were spent at home in Sardis surrounded by his family and friends, with frequent visits by his loving grandchildren. He was pleased he could meet his great-grandson before passing on. Predeceased by 2 sisters, son Robert; Jake is survived by Katie; children Cliff, Wendy; 4 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; 2 sisters.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.