June 10, 1926 – October 25, 2021
Sunrise – June 10th, 1926 – Aberdeen, Scotland
Sunset – October 25th, 2021 – Kamloops, B.C.
Captain John set sail on his final journey on a sunny afternoon with the clouds behind him and his daughter holding his hands. A loving and generous Gentleman he will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his love of dancing, his ever-ready willingness to help anyone, his gentleness and his dapper well-dressed appearance. Son of William and Jane (Liston) Kininmont and one of six children, John outlived them all by keeping fit and taking care of himself.
As a youth, John joined the Sea Cadets in his hometown of Aberdeen and at the age of 14, boarded a ship to begin his working career in the Merchant Marine Corps striving for a career at sea, which he loved. In 1952, John arrived at Nanaimo Harbour, fell in love with the West Coast and made it his home. Starting as a crewman, John worked and trained to become better qualified and therefore better paid so that he could provide a good home and lifestyle for his family. Vancouver became his home port and after many years, he became a ship’s Captain and traveled up and down the West Coast of British Columbia for the last 30 years of his working career.
In his later years of retirement, Dementia and ill-health began to wear him down and despite being double vaccinated, John contracted COVID in September 2021 while living in his LTC residence in Kamloops. Although he recovered from COVID, his body was exhausted and too overwhelmed to recover completely and over a period of a couple of weeks, John’s health declined quickly. His daughter and son were able to spend precious time with him in his final days and nights.
Sincere Thanks goes out to the fine, loving staff at Overlander Care Home in Kamloops, Dr. Andrew Wynne and the friends and family who have been available to offer comfort and strength to the family during this sad time. Dad had a wonderful life filled with adventure and beauty, music and dance. He will be well remembered and loved by all who knew him. Dad, we know that you are already dancing up a storm with all of your loved ones who went before you!
Captain John, son, brother, husband, Dad, teacher and Grandfather is survived by his two children and their families, Daughter Lori Kininmont (Bob Attfield), Grandson and Granddaughter Ian and Cassia Thieves, Son Bill Kininmont (Emily Han), Grandchildren, John, Leana & Emily Kininmont, ex-daughter in law, Shelley Kininmont and ex-wife Olive Kininmont. I Love you, Dad.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.firstmemorialkamloops.com
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