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John “Jack” Rose

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John “Jack” Rose

Place of birth: Toronto, Ontario

Jack died peacefully while in hospice care in Kamloops. He is survived by his wife Bonnie, children Santanna (Elizabeth) and Caelin (Brian), step-children Kathy, Ron and Debby, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Jack lived a full 94 years, was married twice and had 3 children.  Little John, his first son, didn’t survive kidney disease and died at the age of 3. Married to Anne for 27 years, they lived primarily in Calgary while Jack worked in sales at Dowell, an oil drilling company that thrived in the oil boom of the 1970’s. Jack was a member of the RCAF and after retiring from the air force, flew small craft planes then later flew commercially for Air Canada. In the 1950’s, Jack and his Dad leased a property on Little Shuswap Lake and renovated the existing simple cottage which was to later become the summer destination for “The Five Roses” (Papa included).  In 1980, he married Bonnie Cleveland, and they set out building a retirement home beside the existing cottage. During the 60 years at Shuswap Lake, Jack was a “fixture” where his sense of humour and hospitality entertained friends and family members over the years. Jack’s love of his beloved home at the Shuswap was demonstrated many times over; he would not leave it despite fire, flood and high tax burden. Although Jack’s wish was to spend his final days in his home on Little Shuswap Lake, the practical nature of his care led him to the beautiful hospice in Kamloops where he died with Bonnie holding his hand.  The family extends a special thanks to the staff at the hospice for the loving care they provided Jack over the eight weeks he spent there.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the Royal Canadian Legion, Chase, BC, or to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice in Kamloops (72 Whiteshield Cr, Kamloops, BC, V2E 2S9).

2 Responses

  • Marie Gravesande On

    In hopes of comforting the loved ones of Mr. Rose in your time of sorrow, on the loss of your cherished loved one. I could but only envision your agony and distress. Within your grieving and recovery, please, fall into the hand of God, for his mercy is great. 2 Samuel 24:14

  • Sarah Fleury On

    Of course I am thinking of all the times my family and other of Caelin's friends spent summer days at the cabin and the open-hearted welcome we always received. So many lovely meals shared, the dominoes and cards, the continuous joking, the abundant garden and berries and, in the past few years, the live music--Jack and Bonnie have done everything to make us feel like part of the family. I won't soon forget the impromptu sing-a-long on the front porch last summer. I feel lucky to have known Jack and I will miss his great smile and wry humour. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sarah Fleury


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