Obituaries

Jack Western

Friday, 20 July 1923 - Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Death Notice

Born in Bradford W York England July 20th 1923.

Jack passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 5th 2017 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia, Ontario surrounded by his family. Jack was married to his war bride, Barbara Western in 1944, and stayed together for 72 years as soul mates, partners and best friends. Together they faced many challenges both during the war and after. Jack was many things in his lifetime. In England his work experience included a Cycle Mechanic, Factory & Mill worker, Messenger Air Raid Precaution Service and Airman in the Royal Air Force. He was AC2 to Warrant Officer First Class: Operations with A Flight 153 Squadron Bomber Command, RAF Station Scampton Lincolnshire, UK as Rear Gunner and Police Officer. They arrived in Canada in 1953 and he was eventually employed with the London Township Police Force. Later they moved to St. Mary’s where he became Chief of Police. Unfortunately cancer took that career from him and he worked as a Radio operator for the Ontario Provincial Police, then became a Court Room Clerk, Court Supervisor and Court Administrative Person. Then his job took him and Barbara to Sarnia, Ontario, where he was the Clerk of the County of Lambton Family Court and Justice of the Peace. It was during this last job as a JP, that he began performing Marriage Ceremonies.  That eventually brought about Bluewater Weddings Marriage Services which he started on his retirement. He performed Marriages as a Minister for over 15 years in Sarnia. Jack was the founder of Bomber Command Association of Canada, and the War Veterans Club. He was the Director of the Sarnia Disaster Relief Organization for 6 years. He was a member of Canon Davis Memorial Anglican Church, Ontario, Civil Service 25 Year Club, Branch 62 Royal Canadian Legion, Legion of Honour and the Canadian War Plane Heritage Club. Jack was a long-time Mason. He was a member of Liberty Lodge No. 419. He was also a member of the Royal Arch and achieved high rank in that order. He enjoyed being a Noble through Mocha Shrine. He enjoyed the fellowship in the fraternity as well as its charitable aims. He was a founding member of the International Police Association, his membership number was 3. Jack & Barbara had 3 Children, David, Jackie, and Barbara and their spouses Pearl, Curt & Larry. They have 7 Grandchildren, Peter & Randi, Carey Ann, Curtis and Tara, and Shawn & Trina. And 4 Great Grand Children: Kristen, Ryan, Mattias & Taylor. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday the 27th of May, 2017 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with family & friends being received one hour prior to the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Bluewater Health - Palliative Care unit (cheques only at the funeral home please). Jack’s family would also like to express their gratitude to all the nursing staff at Bluewater Health Palliative Care as they were simply fabulous in their care.

Visitation

Family and friends will be received on Saturday, the 27th of May, 2017, at Smith Funeral Home, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Service

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday the 27th of May, 2017 at Smith Funeral Home.

Donations

In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Bluewater Health - Palliative Care unit (cheques only at the funeral home please).

9 Condolences

  • Eric Bezanson May 27, 2017 05:31am

    i first came to know Jack when he moved into the res. on the St. Clair.
    We became instant friends. We shared our Mason stories with each other.
    As a Mason hailing from Pnyx-Baldoon #312 Wallacebuurg and Past Master
    I wanted to be at the Memorial.

    My heart and prayers go out to Family and friends.

    Jack I will see you in the Grand

    Lodge above someday.

    Eric Beanson

  • Brydges Family April 12, 2017 06:17pm

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with the wonderful family and close friends of Mr. Western. Our life began together the day we said " I do "
    Thank you for the fondest of memories. No words for the way we felt about you Mr. Jack Western.
    RIP ... you more than deserve and earned your wings Sir.

  • Bill Lill Alonzo April 12, 2017 10:24am

    David & Pearl & Family

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad, grandfather. He lived a long and full life, one to be proud of. You and your family are in our prayers.
    Always
    Bill & Lill

  • Ann lambert April 11, 2017 08:16pm

    Jack was a great man One son was married by him and because he was a loving man many followed no matter where you run into Jack he always had a kind word and a lovely smile. R.I.P Jack you will be missed by so many and good memories.

  • Jennifer Watson April 11, 2017 09:21am

    I didn't know Jack very long, but he left quite an impression on me. He called me one day regarding massage therapy and I would visit him weekly for the next several months. We shared a lot of laughs and I always looked forward to seeing him. He introduced me to Paint by Number and he joked that he would have to finish my first project for me. I will miss his sense of humour and his bright outlook on life. He would always talk about his family and I knew how important they were to him. Please accept my condolences on your loss and may his "jottings" and poems give you comfort as you remember a wonderful man,

  • gloria castro April 10, 2017 10:56pm

    To Jack's family

    The boys and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. May his memories and legacies live on. He was a wonderful man and your parents were great neighbours.
    Gloria Castro..Ronnie,Gary,Michael, and Jason Chicoine.

  • Marion LaFond (McDonald) April 10, 2017 09:51pm

    My condolences to the Western Family. Jack was a wonderful man who loved to have a joke, he was a serious but funny JP. Keep his love and memories close to your heart. Jack will be sorely missed by all those who knew him. ...RIP Mr. Western.

  • Julie Whitely April 10, 2017 11:42am

    On behalf of Hospitable Toastmasters, meeting at Residence on the St. Clair, our condolences on Jack's passing. He visited with us briefly, but left a lasting impression. A copy of his last speech "And Then it is Winter" has been kept, it shares his wisdom and love of humanity.

  • Phil Nelson April 10, 2017 11:25am

    On behalf of the Sarnia Police Service Board and the Sarnia Police Service please accept our condolences for this great man. I started the police service in 1974 and at one time or another I shared many a conversation with Jack, as did many. A father, grand father, great grand father, that family can be proud of.

    Phil Nelson
    Chief of Police
    Sarnia Police Service

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