Dec 6, 1930 – Feb 5, 2018
It is with deep sadness that the family of John Fredrick Hughes announces his passing on February 5th, 2018 at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. John was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on December 6, 1930.
John is survived by Elaine wife of 59 years, children Rob, Marie, Julie, Hal, Brian, and grandchildren Justin, Caitlin, Mitchell Hughes, Mathew and Nathan Yanagiya and Noah Hughes. He is also survived by brothers Bill and Roy Hughes.
John is also fondly remembered by his cousin Fern Lloyd of Prince Albert, Sask. Predeceased by siblings; Pat Hughes,Margurite Glen, Chuck Hughes, Theresa Dayton and Joan Metcalf.
John lived a full and interesting life, living in various communities on Vancouver Island as a young man. He worked many different jobs, including commercial fishing, before starting his career as a Journeyman Plumber and Sheet Metal Worker. John was self-employed most of his life, as a Plumbing and Heating Contractor and employed many people through the years. John was a generous person who helped his friends and family at every opportunity.
John made many contributions through his 87 years, involved with amateur sports and the community. He was one of the founding members of the group who started the process to build the Kids Arena in Fort St John, after the original arena was lost in a fire. John firmly believed in giving children the opportunity to participate in sports of all kinds and worked hard to keep his own children active throughout their childhoods.
John and Elaine met in Chilliwack and a few years later moved to Fort St John, where they spent the next 30 years, operating their business and farming. At 60 years old John and Elaine moved to the Salmon Arm Area to start their retirement business. In 2008 they sold their property in the Salmon Arm area and moved to North Vancouver. John and Elaine spent the last few years spending summers at their cottage in the Shuswap, and Winters in Tofino.
A celebration of life will be held this summer at their cottage in the Shuswap.