John Bernard Dick died Aug. 4, 2009. He was born Apr. 11, 1925 in Hepburn, Sask. to Bernhard and Gredel Dick. Soon afterward, the family moved to Coaldale, Alta. At 9, he gave his life to Christ and in his teenage years was baptized at Coaldale MB Church. During WWII, he served as a conscientious objector in a lumber camp in Alberta. After a year at MBBC in Winnipeg, John went to university and medical school. In 1954, he married Hilda Ediger. He practiced as a family physician in Steinbach, Man., where he also sang in the choir and served as deacon at the MB church. He served with MCC in Vietnam from 1959–1962. In 1975, the family moved to Ontario, where John set up a practice in St. Catharines, served as a deacon and elder at Vineland MB Church, and sang in the Niagara men’s chorus. Later in his life, he went on several short-term medical mission trips to India, Zaire (DR Congo), the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Haiti, and spent two years in Jamaica. In 1986, Hilda died after a courageous fight with cancer. On one of his mission trips to Central America, John met Joy Knowles, a nurse from California, and they married in 1988. Predeceased by Hilda, and 1 sister; John is mourned by Joy; children Allan, Cameron, Harold, Marlene; 8 grandchildren; 6 siblings.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.