October 11, 1920 ~ January 5, 2005
Passed away surrounded by his loving family.
Born London, England.
Returned to Nanaimo with his parents at the age of three.
John enjoyed his youth hunting fishing and boating which he continued for the rest of his life. He became a journeyman finish carpenter at an early age. He joined the navy as a shipwright and sailed on north Atlantic convoy vessels for five years. After discharging fro the Navy he married June (the love of his life for 59 years) They settled in Campbell River in 1945. A building contractor for over 30 years while raising 4 children. His building career covered all aspects of the trade. Commercial, residential and working as a shipwright in the local fishing fleet.
John’s second love was his boat, the “June Wind”. he built this vessel in the back yard and launched her in 1961.
The vessel traveled the coast from Seattle to Alaska numerous times. In later years it was commonly seen throughout the Northern Gulf Islands.
John will be especially missed by his immediate family who enjoyed a life time following his lust for life. He continued living life to the fullest until the end. The laughter will remain with us for our lives.
John is survived by his loving wife June, daughter Viven Appleby, sons Jock (Carol), Eric (Marie) and Rory (Jane). Eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sister-in-law Isabelle Stewart of Campbell River. Sisters Mary (Reg) Briginshaw of Nanaimo, Sheila (Jack) Elgie of Nanaimo, Brenda (Herb) Forbes of Cobourg Ontario and brother Frank (Irene) Palmer of Nanaimo. Also will be sadly missed by many long time friendships made during his 60 years residing in Campbell River. Predeceased by his parents. There will be no service by request. A private family celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.