John (Jack) Kenneth Sr. De Kock

DE KOCK, John (Jack) Kenneth Sr.

October 11, 1943 – June 21, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jack. He put up a great and courageous battle with cancer and we thank all of those people who helped him fight that battle. Jack was a very intelligent, smart, witty man, a devoted husband, and an inspiration to his sons.

He was proud of his sons and his home and it showed. His journey started in Winnipeg. He lived with his father Lou De Kock in Vancouver for a short while, where he met his stepmother Clara (Spear) De Kock and stepbrothers. His family then moved to Nelson where Jack loved growing up on Kootenay Lake boating, fishing, stock and drag racing.

In 1962, Jack and Pam first met and on September 21, 1963, they were married. They started their family in Nelson. In 1968, they moved to Campbell River where they built their first family home in 1970. Jack loved to tinker with cars. He worked for a GM dealership in Nelson and Cruise Motors in Campbell River. Jack then worked for MacMillan Bloedell Kelsey Bay & Menzies Divisions. Campbell River was also the nurturing ground of Jack’s passion, hockey. He was a founding member of the CR Minor Hockey, a respected and honoured President of CR Minor Hockey, and zone director for BCAHA (Hockey of BC) of Vancouver Island for several years until 1990. In the summer time, Jack loved to take the family out boating and camping. Jack is predeceased by his father Louis and stepmother Clara; and stepbrothers: Bob Spear, Lee Spear. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife

of 52 years, Pam; sons: Jack Jr. (Tracey), Rob (Cheryl), Jayson (Reba); 11 grandchildren; and many friends.

Jack was an orchestrated person, possessed good judgement, his plans were concrete, and he supported other people’s ideas and opinions. His work ethic was second to none, a confident man who strongly believed in honesty, integrity, and commitment. His spirit and values will live on through his family and others who he touched. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. By Jack’s request, no service will be held. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

Cremation arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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