We Remember

ELLIS, John Gerard

January 29, 1949 — July 13, 2022

It is with broken hearts that we say goodbye to our Johnny.

John Ellis died peacefully in his sleep. He was predeceased by his father, Roy Sr. John was a loving husband to Joan; father to Jonathan (Arleth) and Anissa; stepfather to Justin and Chrystelle; proud “Papa” to Jaedyn, Charleigh, Autumn, Valeria, Sebastian, Calleigh, and Justin Junior. John was the eldest of six siblings Gary (decd.), Roy Jr. (Vicky), Marilyn (Jim), Keven (Wendy), Don (Eva); and he was uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Born and raised in Hamilton, ON, where (as a young man), John was an accomplished hockey player with aspirations of playing for the Boston Bruins. He worked at the Ford Motor Company before venturing out, buying a dump truck, and starting Ellis Haulage. He relocated to BC, settling in Kelowna, where he raised his family. Many years later, John returned to his home town and created a successful roofing company with his brother, Gary. A few weeks prior to leaving BC and while enjoying his passion for golf, he met the love of his life, his “Sweetie”, Joan. They maintained a long-distance romance for many years, until John sold his business, returned to BC, and married Joan.

John loved riding motorcycles and was a member of the North Wall Riders Association, Steel City, along with his brothers Roy and Keven. John and Roy shared a special brotherhood and travelled extensively throughout North America on their motorcycles. John also rode with the Canadian Army Veterans (CAV) as a supporter. Along with his son Jonathan and brother Keven, John was a soldier of Christ in the Knights Templar.

GBNF Ride in the wind!

While no formal service will be held, you are welcome to honour John by sending memorial donations to the Kelowna Hospice House.

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