PETTITT, John Henry
January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970
Jack Pettitt passed away peacefully with his family at his side after a brief battle with cancer. John Henry Pettitt was born at his grandparents home on July 16, 1935, in the Municipality of Silver Creek, Manitoba. Jack grew up in the home his father built in Russell, Manitoba. He was predeceased by his parents Harry and Vera, his sister Sandra and her husband Wayne.
Jack is survived by his loving soul mate Lynn Poitras and his children Ken (Marg), Karen (Gord Oliver), Darcy (Tammy), Shannon (Jim Daniels). Grandpa/Papa was proud of his grandchildren Steve, Trevor, Curtis, Kristen, Jeffrey, and Evan. Jack was proud of his stepchildren, David and Terry Poitras, and was Grandpa Jack to Colton and Aidan Poitras. He is also survived by his two brothers, Roy (Lynn) and Brian. Uncle Jack had many nephews and nieces to love, joke, and laugh with.
Jack worked in the grocery industry his whole career starting with delivering groceries on his bicycle in Russell, Manitoba. Later he moved to Calgary and married Claire. Three kids (Ken, Karen, and Darcy) in tow they moved to Prince George and finally to Kelowna in 1968 and added one more child (Shannon). Jack spent most of his career working for Carnation/Nestles. After many years of safe driving (and surviving teaching his kids to drive) he was awarded a ruby and diamond ring for 35 years from his Carnation/Nestle employer.
Jack enjoyed the outdoors and all the activities the Okanagan had to offer, skiing, fishing, boating, golfing, camping, and relaxing at the beach. As much as he loved home he also loved to travel, especially to see family in Alberta and Manitoba. Jack had a world map with pins in the many countries he had visited. One of Jack and Lynn’s favourite places in the world is Maui. They visited there numerous times and were looking forward to their next holiday.
Jack loved to laugh and make others laugh. He had a dry and often sarcastic sense of humour. He loved to smile, instigate trouble, and pull your leg, and all the better if he could get a rise out of you.
Jack and Lynn wintered in Mesa, Arizona where they golfed and enjoyed the company of many good friends. Jack loved to drive and even better if he was pulling an RV. They had fun and shared many great stories from their “Loonie” RV group. He loved to visit friends and made many trips to Three Hills and Kimberley.
Jack died at home surrounded by the love of his family on September 19, 2013. He died as he lived with dignity, humour, and love.
A memorial will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday September 28 at Springfield Funeral Home in Kelowna. There will be an opportunity to share stories, memories, and feelings during the ceremony.
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