John Refeen was a crossing guard at White Rock Elementary for the past decade.

John Refeen was a crossing guard at White Rock Elementary for the past decade.

White Rock Elementary crossing guard remembered

Celebration of Life will mark the passing of John Refeen, also known on the Peninsula as a psychic, and an actor in community theatre

A familiar face to many with children in White Rock Elementary has passed away.

John Refeen, 74, who had been a crossing guard at the school for a decade, died July 30 at Surrey Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

For those with longer memories, Refeen, known for his psychic abilities, was familiar in the 1980s as a frequent guest – often with fellow-psychic Ralph Hurst – on the South Surrey-based Shaw Cable community access show Date With Destiny, hosted by Pat Kilt.

He was also involved with community theatre, as a volunteer for White Rock Players Club and as an actor for the Candelighters and the Langley Players in the mid-1980s, including productions of There Goes The Bride and I Never Sang For My Father.

Others knew him as a one-time boating enthusiast and a fan of old British car makes who had once owned MG and Triumph sports cars.

But it was as a crossing guard that he was best known in recent years, said his son, Adrian.

“He loved the kids – he really got a lot of joy out of seeing the kids’ smiles every morning,” he said.

“That was his big reward.”

Born in London, England, he had studied as a draughtsman before emigrating to Canada at the age of 23, but subsequently went into a career selling store fixtures.

He, and his ex- wife, Marion, have two children, Adrian and Natalie, and three granddaughters – with another grandchild on the way.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at White Rock Community Centre.