In 1925, John’s family immigrated to Canada, travelling with 12 Mennonite families by train from Quebec City to Colonsay, Sask. John worked on the farm – a difficult existence in the 30s, but his family persisted. At 15, John accepted Jesus as Saviour. At 20, he attended Tabor Bible School, Dalmeny, Sask., for 3 years: the highlight of his youth. John moved to B.C. in 1940 to find work. He became a CO in a forest camp on Vancouver Island. John and Helen raised chickens and raspberries in Abbotsford until their retirement in 1976. Caring for his farm, family and community fulfilled John. John and Helen served as deacons in South Abbotsford for 25 years, opening their home to many guests. In retirement, John visited relatives, volunteered to build or fix things and supported numerous causes. He was humble, gentle and wise.