Released into peace, Jack passed away June 30th at Duncan, BC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He passes on to join the love of his life, his wife Hazel (nee Millett). He will be mourned by his children Murray (Leeann), Bee, Leslie, and Joni (Doug) and his cherished grandchildren Jakki and Michelle (Sean).
Jack was known for his whistling, love of life, optimism and devotion to family. His affection and curiosity knew no bounds—neither did the depth of his heart. His childlike sense of humor made all around him laugh often.
The only child of W.A. “Al” and Rowena “Reenie” Greenway, Jack was raised in the village of Acme, Alberta. On his father’s farm, he developed his love of animals and care for the land. His love of music stemmed from their home resonating with music, for his mother gave piano lessons at home. An excellent athlete, he was a member of the Alberta Provincial Championship hockey team at a very young age; and was the Western Canadian Junior Horse Jumping Champion.
After graduating from Veterinary College at Guelph, during his internship in Calgary, Jack was introduced to Hazel, a chemical engineer, by mutual friends. They moved to Acme, where Jack opened his own veterinary practice that served the community in 50 miles any direction. Hazel and Jack grew up valuing service to other—a trait that defined their lives. Jack and Hazel gave freely of their time to help others. While Hazel led choir and youth groups, Jack was on town council and served as President of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. Jack’s enquiring mind led him to build a laboratory in their yard, and commence his efforts to reduce the incidence of diseases in swine.
In 1967, the family moved to Guelph for two years, so Jack could complete his Masters focused on Parasitology. Subsequently, they relocated to Abbotsford, BC where Jack took a position at the provincial veterinary laboratory. Here Jack enjoyed his service as a Chapter Dad for the Demolay boys’ group.
After retirement, Jack and Hazel made their home at Qualicum on Vancouver Island, where they putted in the yard and welcomed family and friends. Jack loved throwing pucks into the swimming pool for children and grandchildren to retrieve. Jack spent many happy hours volunteering at the Marion Baker volunteer Salmon Hatchery. His retirement was among the happiest periods of Jack’s life—enjoying the continued warmth of family gatherings, the companionship of the Saturday ‘work bees’ and continuing to pursue knowledge and answers to various scientific challenges.
Jack’s family would like to thank the many dedicated, loving people who eased his path during the recent years. You made Dad’s life easier as he struggled with the challenges of Alzheimers.
Jack’s family invite friends to join them at 2 p.m. Saturday July 9th, at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 138 Hoylake Rd, Qualicum to celebrate his life. Tea to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Marian Baker Salmon Hatchery, Parksville.
Online condolences may be offered at hwwallacecbc.com