John Esau died July 28, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Mar. 6, 1927 to Jacob and Anna Esau. John faithfully served his Lord and Saviour as pastor at County Line, Prince George, Queensborough, Squamish, Keremeos, B.C., and at Clearbrook MB Church, Abbotsford, B.C. He was also director at Grace Mission in Vancouver for 12 years, assistant at Woodlawn Funeral Home, and leader of many Bible study groups, camps, and evangelism teams throughout B.C. John loved animals, especially horses and dogs, but most of all, he loved to tell people about Jesus. His friendly spirit, quick laughter, and easygoing ways endeared him to everyone he met. Predeceased by 1 brother, John is mourned by Eva, his wife of 60 years; children Lorraine Thompson, Grace (Ken) Stickland, Ellie Pelletier, Len (Heather) Esau; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 8 siblings. The memorial service was Aug. 1 at Clearbrook MB Church.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.