Jack passed away peacefully at Eagle Ridge Hospital after a brief stay unrelated to Covid 19. He is loved and will be missed dearly by Sandra, his wife of 63 years, daughters Susan (Barry) Agar, Shelley (Grant) Sahaydak, Jacquie (Mark) Steele, grandchildren Heather (Erik) Michelsen, Teresa (Brandon) Knee, Laura (Aaron) Broomfield, Lindsay (Al) Rhodes, Scott (Kate) Sahaydak, Spencer (Lucie) Steele, Davis Steele, and great grandchildren Danika, Karina, Cooper, Wesley, Blake, Callum, Camryn, Grace, Charlotte, Myles, Rose, and Elle. He also leaves behind many relatives and friends around the world. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Brian and Beatrice and his brother Gerald.
Jack was born in Red Deer, Alberta and then moved to BC with his family when he was a child. At the age of 19, Jack went to work for Wawanesa Insurance, and then the Commerce Group before opening his own Koch Insurance in 1968 at Como Lake Village in Coquitlam. Jack sold the business and retired in 1980.
Jack and Sandra enjoyed many years vacationing in Hawaii. Jack loved building sand sculptures and sand walls with personal messages on Waikiki Beach, one of which was a marriage proposal requested by a fellow tourist on vacation with his girlfriend. Jack’s creative side expanded into his garden and flowers. He always looked forward to spring when he could make his beautiful garden planters for onlookers to enjoy. He loved tinkering with clocks and watches and searching garage sales for treasures.
Jack considered his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren his greatest accomplishments on more than one occasion reminded everyone he was the reason they were all here.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Foyer Maillard for the wonderful care they provided over the last 3yrs and the staff at ERH for their comfort care. No service by request.
"Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear".
Enjoy flying your kite Dad and Great Papa.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation.