It is with great sadness we announce the passing of John Anderson, a resident of Dawson Creek on July 17, 2021 at 83 years of age. A Celebration of John's Life will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 2:00 to 5:00pm at the Senior Citizen's Hall. Covid 19 precautiions will be followed. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of John to the Senior Citizen's Hall, 1101 McKellar Ave, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 2S2.
John Thomas Anderson, long time resident of Dawson Creek, passed away July 17th 2021 at the age of 83. John was born on December 25th 1937 in Consort Alberta, to Tom and Lizzie Anderson, he was their youngest child.
John was the rock of his family, with his calm presence he was always there to listen and offer his strength and advice (if asked).He lived his life with integrity and love, setting an exemplary example for his family. His humor and intelligence constantly shone through. John was generous and kind, not only to his family and friends, but to everyone that he met.
His early years were spent on the homestead in Consort Alberta with his family. At the tender age of seven his mother passed away and his sister Margaret helped to raise him for the next two years. He then moved to Elkton AB with his sister Edith and her husband Pete and became a part of their family for the next four years. John moved in with his dad when he retired to Saanich BC. Unfortunately, his dad was hospitalized shortly afterwards and John was on his own for about a year. A lifelong friendship with the Greenway family began when they opened their hearts to him, making sure he was supported and had a safe place to go.
John started his first job as a custodian at his school at the age of nine, followed by various jobs until he was recruited during high school by the Bank of Montreal in 1957, which brought him to Dawson Creek BC. Shortly afterwards he was approached to buy into McKay’s Insurance, where he continued to work until he retired in 1989. He came out of retirement several times to help with the expansion into Tumbler Ridge and the new mobile unit in Dawson Creek.
On a blind date in 1958, John met Florence Chamberlain, and as they say the rest is history. 56 years of marriage, 3 children, 4 grandchildren, 4 great grandsons and countless pets. A loving and strong marriage to be sure.
A lifelong passion for Bridge was John’s favorite pastime hands down. John shared his love of the outdoors with every generation of his family whether it was camping, fishing, hunting, berry picking, 3 wheeling, swimming or storm watching. John thoroughly enjoyed traveling and history, which he tended to combine on family vacations. He was particularly proud to be able to take 5 generations to Barkerville.
John was pre deceased by his parents, siblings, wife and two of his children Susan and Dale. He is survived by his daughter Kate, son in-law Darcy (Lana), grandchildren Brianna, Jenna (Marcel), Drayke and Aleah, his great grandsons Jordan, Keaton, Aidan and Zachary as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends.
Very Respectfully, Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium.