John Cuthbertson Fleming, better known to his friends and family as Jack, passed away Monday, May 27th, 2019 at the Tofino Hospital. Jack was born February 16, 1950 in Chilliwack to Jack and Dora Fleming, now both deceased.
A cherished husband, father and papa, Jack leaves behind his beloved wife, Katharine; children, Jason Fleming, Elizabeth Redmond, David (Terresa) McKenzie and Rebecca (Dan) Coulter. Jack also leaves grandchildren Jack Jr, Devon, Grace, Beth, Brooke, Keira, Hailey and Aidyn as well as siblings-in-law Winton (Barbie) Williams , Elizabeth (Gord) Tarras, and Andy (Karen) Williams along with many nieces and nephews.
Friday night barbecues at Ryder Lake with the family were sacred to Jack. Jason was known as ‘the BBQ Chef’ in the family making Jack very proud and leaving us all full after Jason’s perfectly cooked steaks. He had many lifelong friends including Rick Bergen, Neil Peters, Ron Jarvis and Stu Jones, affectionately known as the ‘Thursday Nighters’, Gene (Gladys) Martel, his friend and domino teacher and his ‘brother from another mother’, JC (Sue) Smith.
Jack loved his lifelong work “pulling wrenches” as a heavy duty mechanic and semi truck driver, first working at Country Freightline for his Dad and for the majority of his
working life alongside one of his closest friends, Norm Chambers, at Edenbank Trading Co.
In 1990, Jack and Katharine turned sod and began to build their convenience store with Paul Brown who would go on to become his friend. In 1992 they began operating Fleming’s Corner Store in Sardis where he first met his dear friend Gene who painted the store’s interior.
In 1997, Jack happily returned to pulling wrenches for Norm until he retired in 2011. Jack and Katharine enjoyed numerous trips travelling throughout Europe and the Caribbean over the years and Jack spent many lazy afternoons after retirement playing dominoes with Gene.
Their family and friends especially meant everything to Jack, and he and Katharine hosted many legendary "get togethers" at their home in Ryder Lake and a few in Ucluelet, where they relocated in 2013. Never to be still for long, Jack chose a plan to build a beautiful beach house. In 2016, Jack and Katharine moved into their house on the beach which Jack contracted. Once in Ucluelet, he quickly developed friendships and enjoyed his many visits with Misty, Travis, Jennifer & Collin, Jay & Leslie, Martti, Brent & Sandra, John, Mary, Rebekka & Rick, David & Sarah, Craig, and Lindsay.
Jack defied many life expectancy predictions, choosing his own time to depart. We will always carry his amazing memory in our hearts. There will be a celebration of Jack’s life at 1:00 pm on June 15th at Ryder Lake Hall, 49285 Elk View Rd, Chilliwack, luncheon to follow. Plans for Ucluelet friends will follow at a later time. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Jack's memory may do so by making a donation in his name to The Tofino Hospital Foundation - for Palliative Care Room 9 and the Patient’s Family lounge, Box 190, Tofino, BC, V0R 2Z0