Jack Easton, 67, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Thursday, June 21, 2007 with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.
John Blair (Jack) Easton was born in Fort Frances on Oct. 13, 1939 to Stewart and Ila Easton. He was united in marriage to Alfreda Woods on Aug. 14, 1965.
In his youth, Jack worked in the mining and forest industry. Later on, he worked as a bartender and bar manager, and then as a labourer in the construction industry for many years.
As a young man, Jack was an avid hockey player; he continued to carry that passion on by attending his son Blair’s games and practices, as well as watching Hockey Night in Canada.
He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards, and listening to country music.
Jack was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 and a member of the Labourers International Union of North America. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and visiting with his friends in the gazebo.
Jack leaves to mourn his wife of 41 years, Alfreda; son, Blair (Leisha); grandchildren, Andrew, Courtney, and Kylee; and great-grandchild, Kamryn.
Also surviving are his brothers, Donald and James Easton of Fort Frances, Ont., and George (Ruby) of Didsbury, Alta.; brothers-in-law, Jerry Woods (Cathy) of Winnipeg, Man., Robert (Ann-Marie) of Thunder Bay, Ont., and James (Laura) of Prince George, B.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Stewart and Ila; and sister-in-law, Barb Easton.
A celebration of Jack’s life was held Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances. Pastor Brian Keffer officiated, followed by interment in the La Verendrye Columbarium at the Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
The pallbearers were Gordon McQuarrie, Chris McKinnon, Doug Perusse, George Coulson, Roy Mills, and Jim Fowler.
The honourary pallbearers were Jack’s grandchildren, Andrew Easton, Courtney Easton, and Kylee Mainville, and great-grandchild, Kamryn Singleton.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Tamarack House c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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