March 7, 1926 – February 22, 2017
Jack was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and was the youngest child of four. He grew up with two brothers and a sister, Dot Lepp, who resides now in Campbell River. At the age of 17 Jack lied about his age to join the navy and started his military career in Vancouver. He stayed in the military until 1946 when he decided that since he was not sent overseas during the war he would try civilian life. He was the proverbial “jack” of all trades. He sold cars, pots and pans, drove a taxicab, and sold life insurance until he met the love of his life, Priscilla, whom he married in 1951 and subsequently rejoined the military in the RCAF. His life in the military saw him rise to the rank of Warrant Officer and he had a distinguished career as an air traffic controller. Being in the military gave him and his family postings to France, Labrador and other provinces in Canada with his final posting to Edmonton. Jack retired in 1972 from the military in Edmonton and started P&J Ceramics with Priscilla, his sister Dot and brother in law Ray. 1976 brought a move to Campbell River and even though Jack was retired he could not sit still. He started the first video rental and tv rental business in town. That and many other sideline jobs made for a busy life. He and Priscilla travelled worldwide and enjoyed fishing and their summer home on Cortes Island. Travelling in their motor home brought them great joy as well. Jack was an active member of the Shriners and belonged to the Go Kart club with them. In 2001 his life was drastically changed when his wife Priscilla had a massive stroke. He was a determined, focused man though and he gave her a high quality of life at home for the next 8 years. He will be dearly missed by his sister, Dot Lepp, and his three daughters and their husbands: Debbie Brodie (Dave), Donna Hazelaar (Harold), Darlene Bentley (Eric); Grandchildren: Daryl Brodie (Cheryl), Dennis Brodie (Sara), Chris Johnson (Kristy), Casey Johnson (Jessica), Corey Johnson (Kendall), Jeff Wasylciew (Jessica), Kari Crowe (Silas), And numerous Great Grandchildren. The family would like to thank Dr. Meckin for his compassionate care and the staff at the Campbell River Hospital. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.