John “Jack” Ayer

John "Jack" Ayer

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our father Jack. He was predeceased by his mother (Wilhelmina), brother (Fred) and the mother of his daughters (Dawn).

Jack is survived, and lovingly remembered, by his daughters Kimberly and Kathryn (Melvin), the best grandsons ever- Nathan and Nicholas (whom he adored and spoiled, as well as attended nearly every game they played), his “sister” Betha, brother-in-law Lawrence (Susan), as well as nephews and nieces (and their families) in Canada and the U.K.

After spending the war years in an orphanage in the U.K., 11-year-old Jackie made a turbulent (he said he tossed his cookies every day) journey by ship to B.C., entering Fairbridge boarding School in 1946. Upon arrival into Canada, his work ethic was evident, and he always helped others, never expecting anything in return. He was a very strong, giving, forever stubborn, man. Despite having 2 strokes Mar.28, 2018 – and to the surprise of the medical staff- he fought back and managed to recover a lot of his speech and the ability to walk. Prior to the strokes, in his 82nd year, Jack was still climbing ladders to clean gutters, hiking, using a chainsaw and taking care of gardens, etc. Into his last days, he maintained his smart assedness and cheekiness, leaving us with a smile and a thumbs-up, while taking his last breath.

He will be sorely missed, and much-loved, by his family and friends. There will be no service, just a small family tea, as per Jack’s wishes.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.

Cowichan Valley Citizen

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