In loving memory of Ricard Earl Jack; aka Blackie. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Judy; son, Alan (Anna) Jack and grandsons, Ethan and Isaac; daughter, Glynis (Ken) Anderson and grandson, Riley and favourite granddaughter, Ellish; sister in laws, Islay Jack and family (Manitoba), Nita Jack and family (Qualicum Beach) and Mamie Marking and family (Port Alberni). He was predeceased by his brothers, Alex and Ron and brother in laws, Bill and Ritchie.
Richard was born and raised in the Alberni Valley, attended 8th Avenue Elementary School, ADSH, and graduated from Vancouver Island Technical College in 1960. He worked for MB Sproat Lake Division as a heavy duty mechanic for 44.5 accident free years.
Richard was a 28 year member of the Cherry Creek Fire Department where he enjoyed being the star pitcher for the slo-pitch team. He loved to coach Little League for his kids and continued to show up at the various fields to watch his grandkids playing ball, hockey, soccer, ballet, and horse shows. Nothing made him prouder than those grandchildren. He loved puttering in the shop with them making presents for their parents and their Nana.
A lover of classic cares, he enjoyed fixing up the Merc and volunteering at the Thunder in the Valley Races. His annual hunting trip to Pink Mountain (35 ish years) with the hunting group was the highlight of his year. Often coming home empty handed but full of stories of the fun and companionship. He also became known as one of the self-proclaimed "Geriatric Five" who could be found rain or shine walking the dyke, gossiping away.
Richard had an incredible sense of humor. He was well liked by everyone he met and loved meeting people and just starting a conversation with whoever was nearby. A literal "jack of all trades" and fixer of thinks. One who could stretch a nickel acquiring the right part. He loved gardening (reluctantly!) and you could often find him under the big maple tree with a cold beer around about 4:00 pm.
He is gone from his family far too soon and we will mess him dearly! Many thanks to Dr. Wendy Johnsen and the palliative care team.
There will be no service by his request. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated, perhaps the WCGH Emergency Room Expansion Fund.
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