John grew up on a Manitoba farm beside a golf course, stirring a lifelong love for the sport. Times were difficult, so the family moved to Abbotsford. John accepted Jesus as Saviour at an early age. He worked in the poultry industry as a feed truck driver, bookkeeper, purchaser and salesperson. His singing career began in the South Abbotsford MB Church choir. In Menno Neufeld’s Bethel Choir, John learned the great oratorios and met Rita. He became a tenor soloist. John was so proud of the men his sons became: hardworking, creative and committed to Jesus. John and Rita enjoyed camping with family or friends. For the past decade, they were part of Trinity Masterworks Choir. A group visit to Music Mission Kiev stirred a passion: John and Rita joined the board and assisted wherever they could.