In his twenties, John moved to Vancouver, where he met Agnes. He was a jack-of-all-trades who built his own home. He started his own plumbing company in Ladner, B.C., which he handed over to his partner, his son Lawrence. Once retired, John and Agnes enjoyed touring in their RV and spending quality time with grandchildren. In his later years, John turned to his passion of woodworking. From making furniture and candleholders to being the apartment handyman until he was 80, John kept busy. The family will miss his twinkling eyes, his warm smiles and his heart-felt hugs.