John Lewis

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LEWIS, John

On December 19, 2016, John of Fort Saskatchewan Passed away at the age of 76 years after a battle with cancer.

John is survived by two sisters, Ann (Gord) Marshall and Lola (Mike) Scott all of Ontario also numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Audrey Lewis late of Fort Saskatchewan; sister Darley Evans and brother-in-law David Evans of Horse Hill.

Respecting John’s wishes cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his life will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Serenity Funeral Home, 9914-103 Street, Fort Saskatchewan.   John’s final resting place will be in the family plot at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in memory of John may be made to a Charity of One’s Choice.

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9914 - 103 Street Fort Saskatchewan AB T8L 2C9 CA

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Ann Marshall

John was born in Ottawa and lived in the Hogs Back area close to the Rideau River. He and his sister Ann often fished there The river was controlled by a dam and the level was lowered in the summer. One day they found a large live muskellunge caught in a pool of water, and they hauled it home for all to see.

In 1953, when John was 13 years old, he moved to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta with his family. He attended Fort Saskatchewan High School.

John had a way with animals and he befriended a beaver family across the street from his new home. He also tamed a magpie which travelled with him on his bicycle handle bars

While in high school, joined the Sea Cadets, and during one summer sailed from Victoria, British Columbia

Upon high school graduation, John sailed by “tramp steamer” to Australia, stopping at Hawaii and Fiji on the way. He drove a bull dozer on the Snowy Mountain Dam project for five years. In 1965 he travelled back home by ship via the Suez Canal and visited Europe and England, stopping in Ottawa to visit his sisters Ann and Lola, before buying a car and driving to the Fort.

John worked for a time at a Uranium Mine at Uranium City, Northwest Territories, being flown in and out in a World War II Spitfire, complete with bullet holes, received over Europe. He then began working for an Edmonton based construction company and worked on road building, various construction sites around Edmonton and at the Kananaskis, Alberta Olympic site. The last few years of his work life before retirement he worked at the Fort McMurry, Alberta oil sands project. John retired in 2002 and continued with his two passions, gardening(raising most of his vegetables) and raising gold fish in his backyard pool and indoors in winter in many tanks.

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