When he was 10, John’s family moved to B.C. He attended Mennonite Educational Institute, Abbotsford, B.C. In 1965, he graduated with a BA and teaching certificate from UBC. John’s first teaching job was in a high school in Williams Lake, B.C. In 1977, John and Karen moved to Quesnel, B.C., where he realized his goal of becoming a speech therapist for the school district. Their family enjoyed canoeing, hunting, fishing, golfing, curling. After teaching 30 years, John retired to golf and travel with Karen. Kind and generous, John always welcomed others into his home. He loved time with his grandchildren. In his last years, he faced several cancers with strength, courage and dignity.