December 22, 1928-September 30, 2014
On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, a gentle heart beat for the last time. John Victor Maximick, husband, father, “Pops” Papa, Great Papa and Uncle Vic, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Dad will be forever remembered by his son Steve, and daughters Marie, Jeannette (Lionel), Frances (Dan), Lorna (Dale) and Diane. Dad was a giving and loving Papa to Nicole (Tyler), Adam, Aaron,( Kaysie), Ken, Amanda (Franko), Jared, Robert, Cody, Kyle, JoAnn, Serena, and, great-grand baby Blake. Dad will be dearly missed by many nieces and nephews and his surviving sisters Mary, Genevieve, Josephine and brother Henry.
John was born in Coal Creek B.C., son of Stephen and Susan Maximick. The family later settled in Fernie B.C. where Dad began his passion of the outdoors from building boats to sling shots. Sports were a huge part of Dad’s life; hockey led him to the Yukon (Whitehorse) as a goaltender and baseball was played in the Comox Valley and outskirts.
Cumberland (Bevan, Puntledge) was home to Dad and his family where many fond memories were made. We loved listening to stories Dad shared; he would say “Happy times, hard times but good times.” In the early years, Dad worked in the coal mine then settled in Campbell River (1952) with his wife Pat, where he began work at the Elk Falls Pulp & Paper Mill until his retirement.
In addition to building houses, boats, fishing, hunting, curling, and Knights of Columbus, John dedicated many years coaching his son Steve and the kids of Campbell River. He supported the Minor Hockey League.
John lived a full life sharing laughter and adventures with many friends. Dad left a lasting impression on everyone he met. His work ethic, values, and morals coupled with his selflessness, warmth, loving, generosity and consideration of others will remain in the hearts of all he touched. He was loved by many.
The family extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Joe Nelson and the staff at Campbell River Hospital.
A Celebration of Life will be held in November 2014.