HALL, John Herbert July 21, 1937 - March 17, 2017 It is with great sadness that we announce that John left us on March 17, 2017. He was born in London, England prior to the Second World War. Tenacious from the start, he survived his house being bombed, throwing him, crib and all, some distance from the explosion, yet he came away unscathed. At age 18, he immigrated to Canada, with only $20.00 in his pocket. Once again, his survival skills served him well. Shortly after arriving in Vancouver, he obtained his airplane wings. He also found employment working as an auto mechanic. He met Sheila Derbyshire, who would soon become his first wife. They settled down in Surrey and had two children together, Karen and Sandra respectively. John later secured a job with the forerunner company of BC Hydro, starting as a meter reader and through night school and hard work, worked his way up the career ladder. Despite so much of his time necessitated to advance his education, and soon becoming the primary financial income supporter, John never failed to spend time with his children. When Hydro later developed a natural gas division, and after further night school to train in Engineering Technology, John transferred his career into the natural gas industry, first working for the forerunner company of Westcoast Energy and then later changing companies to a subsidiary, Pacific Northern Gas. Again moving up the corporate ladder, he became the engineering department manager of Pacific Northern Gas. As a result of much support from his wife Sheila, and John's tenacity, John was able to retire from work at age 47. John remained very civic minded, as evidenced by volunteering time to the conservation organization the Pacific Salmon Society as well as the local ratepayers association, then later continuing on to do so when he moved to Gabriola Island. John also was very benevolent, constantly assisting friends any way he could, doing odd jobs, fixing computer problems, or doing virtually anything else that would help other people. Indeed, all who knew him would agree that John's greatest pleasure in life was doing things that would make other people happy. While still working before his retirement, over a 10 year period, John built a catamaran sail boat in "his spare time" with a dream of sailing off and travelling to faraway lands. Prior to this, John first obtained education from Power Squadron's courses and guidance from his membership in the BC Multihull Society. After selling his home in Surrey, John spent the first few years sailing locally. During this time, he met Donna Kadar, who became his second life partner. He was blessed to then acquire another daughter, Donna's daughter Julie Kadar. Over time the idea of distant sailing lost its appeal, so he and Donna settled down in a house on Gabriola Island, where John lived for the next 20 years. During this time, he met and married his third wife, Joyce Shaver. Sadly, despite his dedicated wife's continual and selfless nursing care, they only shared 6 years of marriage together before John succumbed to Multiple Myeloma. John is survived by his loving family: his wife Joyce, his sister Iris Budd, his daughters Karen Jones and Sandra (Sandy) Hall, as well as Julie Kadar, his granddaughter Karianne, her husband Patrick, John's great-grandchildren Kaylee and Lucas, and his grandson Kirk. In lieu of a memorial service, at John's request a small celebration of life was held by his family. John was lovingly sent on his final voyage by his wife, sister and daughters into the waters off his favourite place, Gabriola Island. Flowers gratefully declined, however donations are welcomed to the BC SPCA.
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