John’s family immigrated to Canada when he was 6 months, settling near Jansen, Sask. When he was 10, they moved to Preston, Ont., and 5 years later, to Hespeler, Ont. At 15, John began working at Dominion Woollens and Worsteds Ltd. His mother died when he was 16. While cutting grapes on the farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., John accepted Jesus as Saviour. He met Agnes at his father’s wedding in 1946. Their first 5 years, John and Agnes lived with his parents and constructed his lifelong home on the family farm. John was a 40-year employee of Blenkhorn and Sawle and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He worked his beloved farm for 60 years. John enjoyed camping in summer and table games in winter.