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JACK, William

JACK, William

William Jack was born in Toronto, Ontario on September 23, 1920 to William Jack and Anna Lindsay. A brother, Alan, and a sister, Helen  were born subsequently. He received an excellent education in the Etobicoke schools and entered the University of Toronto at the age of 17 planning to study medicine.  After completing an arts degree and two years of medicine (during wartime) he enlisted in the army and was assigned to manage the army  dental corps clinic at Petawawa, Ontario. Because of this work experience his working life was subsequently  largely in the area of management and administration – medicine was likely his mothers dream for him! At the end of World War II he chose to be discharged at Mewata Armouries in Calgary  as he wanted to see the ‘West’ and attend the Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, Alberta.  There he met his future wife, Siri Wallgren through her sister Judith whom he had met previously in Toronto The Wallgren family were farmers in the Edgerton area of Alberta and had immigrated from Sweden. After three years of study and some summer pastoral work (in the Edgerton area!), Will applied to go  to Brazil with the Unevangelized Fields Mission to teach in a Bible School near the mouth of the Amazon River and the city of Belem. He was accepted and began his time there studying Portuguese. Siri joined the same organization and came to Brazil in 1949. They were married in 1951 in Brazil. They had a son-William Daniel in January, 1953 and another – Richard Wayne in January, 1955. They returned to Toronto for the birth of the second son and Will took a management job with a small company manufacturing the pressed board backs of television!. Dad explained  in later years that the mission was poorly managed and that his health suffered in the heat at the equator. In the summer of 1958 they moved to Edmonton where he was an office manager for a commercial construction company.  His only daughter – Sharon Elaine - was born in January, 1959. In the late summer of 1960, Will was hired by Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills to  an administrative position. His youngest son – Nathan Dwight was born there in October, 1961. He worked there until the end of June, 1973 when he left to  manage the office of Laurel Agencies in Three Hills, a  real estate company in Three Hills owned by an old friend – George Reed. He later purchased the company and then sold that company  back to George by 1981. During these years he was elected twice (six years) as a town councillor in Three Hills.  In 1981 he was hired as the village administrator for Linden, Alberta – ‘the rural industrial capital of Alberta’ – as it calls itself.  In 1985 he retired.  He and mother continued to live in Three Hills till 1989 when they moved to High River. They had travelled extensively before retirement with their holiday trailers, and continued to do even more until about 1999. They usually spent time in B.C., Washington, and Oregon. Will had been a golf caddy at the Islington Golf and Country club in his youth and returned to golf in the mid-60’s – introducing all his children to the game. Trochu was at that time the closest course and dad made two holes-in-one on that course over the years. He was a Maple Leafs fan and had attended Leaf’s games in Toronto in the thirties – he saw players like Syl Apps play the game. Skating and hockey were another part of his legacy to his children. He played the piano and organ for pleasure and was still doing so this past year at the Beverley Care Centre in Midnapore, Calgary when they moved back to the Three Hills area in 1999  they first moved to the Linden Lodge and subsequently other  seniors facilities in Three Hills including the Chateau until February,2008. At that time, they moved to the Prince of Peace Manor at the east edge of Calgary. Siri passed away there on February 1, 2011. Will continued to live there till his most recent move to the Beverley Care Centre where he passed away on Thursday morning – January 15, 2015. He is survived by his brother - Alan Jack and Alan’s son Timothy and family – of Ontario.  One sister-in- law – Fay Wallgren of Wainwright, Alberta and her five children (Elva Graham, Warren Wallgren, Wanda Church, Robert Wallgren, and Dean Wallgren) and their families survive him. One niece, Gloria Ziccardi  survives him in Salem, Oregon, USA. Another niece, Maura Bryan of Ajax, Ontario also survives. Will and Siri had four children – all married with children. Dad always kept track of us – he could always tell you more about his children,  grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. They are listed below: Dwight and his wife Joan and their three children – Olivia, Nathan, and Kyle; Sharon and her husband Hugh Caldwell and their three children – Will and his wife Lori and their daughter Mia, James and his wife Robyn and their daughter - Madeline, and Laura. Richard (Rick) and his wife Janet and their two sons – Nevan and Keiran; Daniel (Dan) and his wife Marguerite and their two daughters – Charis and her husband Nathan and their three  children – Katherine, Dakota, and Taylor-  and  Bronwynne. In sum, William Jack was a devout Christian, a Canadian, and a gentleman of strong character.  Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Linden Mennonite Brethren Church.  Interment was held in the Three Hills Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to One Hope Canada, Three Hills, Box 234 , Three Hills, AB  T0M 2A0.  Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds entrusted with arrangements 403-507-8610  www.heartlandfuneralservices.com

 

SMANDYCH, George

SMANDYCH, George

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Smandych. He was born and raised in the Smokey Lake area north of Edmonton. After serving in World War II, he and his wife Mildred, settled in Calgary. His loves included gardening, camp...

KAISER, Helen Emma

KAISER, Helen Emma

April 23, 1924 - December 31, 2014 - Helen Kaiser of Olds, Alberta went to be with her Lord and Savior on December 31, 2014 at the age of 90 after a gallant fight with cancer.  Helen was born in Hubbard, Saskatchewan on April 23, 1924. She was t...

BROCKMOELLER, Walter

BROCKMOELLER, Walter

January 27, 1928 - December 28, 2014 - Walter Brockmoeller passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the Three Hills Hospital at the age of 86 years. He will be dearly remembered by his wife Yolanda;  five children Hans (Rebecca) of Strat...

HENKEL, Philippina (Phyl)

HENKEL, Philippina (Phyl)

Philippina (Phyl) Henkel passed away peacefully at St Mary's Health Care Centre on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at the age of 86. Phyl was born in Tera-Verda, Romania on July 18th, 1928, the youngest of 4 children. The family immigrated to Canada se...

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