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HULBURD, John “Jack” William

April 25, 1929 — May 6, 2020

It is with great sadness that we finally say goodbye to our father who lived a long, and full life. Survived by his beloved wife, Mary, and their 8 children Nancy (Larry), Jeffrey (Sherri), Barry (Cheryl), Cathy (Roddy), Connie (Bob), Gary (Hiromi), Lori (Nelson), and Jennifer (Midford); his grandchildren Allison (Rob), Jessica, Logan, Alisha (Sheldon), Dylan (Tracy), Tess, Matthew, Sylvie, Kyle, and Marina; 8 great-grandchildren; and his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by baby, Nora.

Dad was a generous individual and everyone in our small town of East Farnham knew him. His dream was to join the paratroopers during WWII, however his young age prevented him from doing so. Before mom entered his world, he was a drummer in a small-town band “The Yamaska Five”, but the dancing and jiving wasn’t enough to quell the adventurer in him. At the tender age of 20, he set out on a newsworthy journey across the country with his best pal, Bill Hunter, in their 1922 Model T Ford jalopy. Radio and newspapers in Canada and the United States caught up to the pair, and they were interviewed several times during their adventure to the west coast and back.  Henry Ford himself welcomed the duo at the Ford plant in Detroit. Eventually, dad settled down with mom, and in 1953, while they lived in a small flat in Cowansville, QC, dad rode his bicycle each night after work the 6 miles to East Farnham and back, where he spent more than a thousand hours building the family home, which still sits proudly today. Over the years, dad managed a sawmill for the now-defunct Vilas Furniture Company. He and mom eventually left Quebec for Ontario in 1978, and years later travelled west to settle in the Okanagan Valley of BC.

Dad was a devoted caregiver for many years after mom was diagnosed with dementia. But, despite the challenges the disease brought to them both, they still loved camping and jazz festivals, and together they travelled thousands of miles in their little camper, seeking the sound of music, and the quiet of the woods.

Our dad was an honourable man, who had a crazy sense of humour, and no shame in making fun of himself. He would do anything for a laugh. He had a surprising talent for writing stories, and poetry, and his spirit will live on in all of us. We will miss you, daddy.

Dad will be cremated and interred in Riverside Cemetery, East Farnham, Quebec at a future date. The family would like to thank all the staff at Spring Valley Care Home for their ever-lasting patience, and loving care. We respectfully request no flowers, but charitable donations to the War Amps, www.waramps.ca, would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Faye Taylor faytaor says:

    Condolences to the family, may Jack rest in peace. Hugs to everyone

  • Maria, James, Jason Raposo & Evangelina DeMelo says:

    To all the Family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your dear Dad and Grandfather.

  • Robin Wells-Langlois says:

    My condolences to your family. Lori shared the news with me yesterday. My thoughts are with all of you during this time.

    • Lori says:

      Thanks Robin, Dad loved being silly and goofy around all my friends, so that he could get us giggling, as small girls will do.

  • Kim Page says:

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends. Cherish memories.

  • Ross Lee says:

    My sincere condolences to the Hulburd family. I had some great memories visiting the Hulburd’s.

  • Margaret Barrand says:

    My sincere condolences to the family, I remember Jack as he served as a councillor for the Village of East Farnham during the time my mother was Secretary Treasurer, he often communicated with her during the last years of her life. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Marilyn Musgrove & Gord Jones says:

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Mary and all of the family.
    We still live in the family home that Jack built so many years ago. And we love it so much. The house sits on land that the Hulburds have had for at least 4 generations and Jack will rest nearby at Riverside.

    • Lori says:

      Thank you Marilyn and Gord, for your kind message, and for keeping the homestead all these years. It was very difficult to leave our home, but someday he will return with mom, and rest peacefully at Riverside.

  • Roland Horner says:

    My deepest condolences to all the family. Jack and I worked together for several years at Vilas. He always had a great story and we shared many good laughs. We lived in East Farnham also and often on the weekends Connie would come and babysit our boys.

  • Heather Musgrove says:

    My sympathy and condolences to Mary and my cousins at this sad time. I have many fond memories of childhood times in East Farnham. Wishing courage and peace as you celebrate Jack’s life and love.

    • Lori says:

      Thanks Heather. Mom and dad really appreciated seeing you at their anniversary party. It was a special time for all of us. We will all miss dad.

  • Liz & Terry Hall & Family says:

    Our sincere condolences to the Hulburd family. We have had many great memories visiting Jack and Mary (Mom) over the years. Jack was always able to make us laugh with his take on life and how things have changed. He was loved by all and will be missed so much. xoxo

  • Don and Nancy Helm says:

    Don and I would like to send our condolences to all of you. We didn’t know him all the well but knew him for a very long time. He was a very sweet man. Our thoughts are with you all.

  • David Roffey says:

    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I never had the privilege of hearing Jack’s cat calls while he skied on mount Sutton
    with his Saturday ski buddy’s. It was always of interest to have a visit with Jack and Mary while they lived in the Cobourg area or while they visited Bea and Dave on their trips east. Thinking about all of you with warm thoughts. David Roffey.

    • Lori says:

      Thank you so much, David. Your message made me smile. I loved skiing with dad on Saturdays, but I didnt hear catcalls. He was too busy pushing me to ‘bend my knees’ and pole properly! Give a hug to your mom!

  • Joyce Bailey says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. R.I.P Jack. I worked with Jack at Vilas in 1962.

    • Lori says:

      Thank you, Joyce. I wish dad could see these comments from colleagues at Vilas. It would have brought him a lot of happiness. Thank you for sharing.

  • John Hulburd says:

    How wonderful to discover a namesake online, and I offer my condolences to the Hulburd family for his passing. Our line of the Hulburd’s also had a John “Jack” Hulburd, who was a WW2 pilot and later a commercial airline pilot, who lived in Pennsylvania. Too bad they never met, as they would have gotten along famously. One day I hope to visit East Farnham and pay my respects.

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