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.