RUSSELL-BAKER, John (Jack)
February 2, 1920 – June 11, 2006
On June 11, 2006 Jack died peacefully in White Rock, BC after a wonderful 86 years of living. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 32 years Rita, his 5 children and their families. He also leaves to mourn, his sisters as well as numerous other family members and friends. Jack was born in North Bend, BC and spent most of his childhood there. He graduated Kitsilano High, Class of ’39. In 1940 Jack joined the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served overseas until being honourably released in November 1945. Shortly after that he began his career with Russell Food Equipment which lasted 43 years. During that time he spearheaded the company’s early expansion and came to be known as one of the finest salesman in the industry. His loyalty, integrity and honesty were his finest attributes. Many deals were closed with a handshake. In 2003, Jack was inducted into the Foodservice Equipment Hall of Fame. Despite failing health over the past several years Jack maintained his optimistic outlook. He was never more happy than when telling stories or cracking jokes.
He often reminded us that “Life is short so make sure you enjoy everyday.”
It was JRB’s wishes that no funeral service be held.
He was always concerned about the less fortunate, especially children, so in lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to a charity to benefit the young.
Cremation has taken place.
The family would like to thank
Dr. E. Deernsted
and the Caregivers at the
3rd Floor Finlay Pavilion
who provided Jack with great care
during his stay there.