John Atkinson

Died April 24, 2016 in his 83rd year.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce (nee Glanville), his sister Lois Olson, sister-in-law Mary, and by his children Philip (Andrea), Carolyn (Peter), Lynette (Norm), Edward (Leanne) and 11 grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Caroline (nee Mott) and his brother Basil.

Jack was born on the home farm, Section 34-1-27 Coulter P.O., Manitoba, as he would proudly tell anyone who asked.  There he had an idyllic childhood and graduated as valedictorian of his class in Melita.  He left the Coulter area to work in Alberta. While in Calgary he met Joy; they married and started their family.  They moved to Duncan in 1967 where he worked at BCFP Crofton until retiring in 1994. 

Family was always very important to Jack: he would load the family in the Oldsmobile and head ‘home’ to Manitoba whenever he could.  He and Mom enjoyed many holidays to Mexico and  Arizona.  He loved his grandchildren, gardening, sunshine, and outdoors.  He was generous, and had a unique sometimes reckless sense of humor, all part of the legacy he has given his children. 

A memorial service will be held May 14 th at 10:00 am at St. John’s Anglican Church, 486 Jubilee St. Duncan. Many thanks to the Doctors at Alderlea Clinic and the kind nursing and care staff at Cowichan District Hospital. In leiu of flowers, a gift could be made to St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, Duncan.