FORD, John Peter 1933 – 2014. It is with much sadness that the family announces the passing of John on February 28, 2014. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. John was a wonderful husband to Joan (53 years), a proud and loving father to Bob (Shirley) and Don, and a terrific grandfather to Katie. He will be sadly missed by his father George (102 years old), his younger brother Gerry (Sylvia), his sister-in-law Connie and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Annie, his younger brother Bill, his sister-in-law Valerie and his nephew Jeffrey. John was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he lived until his graduation from the University of Manitoba in 1956. He then began his 36 year career with Imperial Oil Ltd. serving in various management positions in Edmonton, Calgary, South Africa and Toronto. He retired in 1992 as President of Atlas Supply Company of Canada Ltd. In 1994, he and Joan moved from Toronto to White Rock to enjoy their retirement years. John’s love of sports began in his younger days when he played football, baseball and hockey. In retirement, golf became his passion and he so enjoyed a game with his family and friends. One of the highlights of his life was the trip he took in 2005 with his two sons to play golf at Pebble Beach. At John’s request there will be no funeral service. To celebrate his life, an informal reception will be held at Hazelmere Golf & Country Club (18150 – 8th Avenue, Surrey, BC) on Sunday, March 16th, from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (Pancreatic Cancer Research), or to the Peace Arch Hospice, where John received exceptional care.
Special thanks to Dr. C. King, Dr. M. O’Brien, Dr. Johal and Dr. Joshi and the kind and caring nursing staff for all their support during this difficult time.