John and his parents came to Canada as refugees in 1930. He taught in and administered many schools throughout B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, and Nova Scotia. He became a federal civil servant, arranging training for many Caribbean countries. John and Gertrude loved to travel, especially to visit grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They faced life together as partners and friends. John enjoyed telling jokes and found joy in the everyday. After Gertrude died in 2007, John moved to Hearthstone community, close to his sons, daughter, and youngest grandchildren. Every day after Gertrude’s death, he sang “He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater” for comfort and strength. John taught his family to savour life, love deeply, and pray daily.