John was born in Barrhead, Alberta where his parents homesteaded.
With his parents and sisters he later moved to Vancouver where he resided for quite a number of years. He worked alongside his father in the shipyards, and moved to a short career in logging after the passing of his father.
John enlisted in the army in 1944 until his honourable discharge in 1946.
After his discharge, John went to hard rock mining in Fairview, earning his blasting certificate. He was working at the Bluebell mine in Riandell until the strike of 1954. He then went back to logging, driving gravel truck.
In 1957, John met his wife, Agnes Anne Marshall, whom he married March 17, 1959. John went to work for Celgar as a tugboat captain until his retirement in 1981.
John and Agnes lived their lives in the Arrow Park area, raising cattle and loving their gardening time together. John had a passion for both hunting and fishing, spending many years doing both with various family members, friends, and neighbours.
John served as President of the Rod & Gun Club in Nakusp. Also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #20.
John joined the Masonic Lodge in 1983, and served in many capacities.
John lived a wonderful life. He was blessed to have many friends. John is remembered for his charm, wit, and his positive attitude.
After a brief illness, John passed away at Arrow Lakes Hospital in Nakusp.
John was predeceased by his parents, parents-in-law, and his 2 sisters.
Left to mourn is his loving wife of 57 years, Agnes, brother in-law Stan Hampton of Vernon; nephews he spent lots of time with; John (Irene) Carachelo of Barriere, Bart (Linda) Hampton of Strathmore. Also grandchildren Jason (Sonia) Peters, Candice (Charles) Harder, and great grand-children; Riana, Kailey, Liam and Jayden, all of Edmonton. Also many other nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held at the United Church in Nakusp, on April 22, with arrangements by Valley Funeral Home.