John Harold “Jack” Huntley, 75, of 739 King’s Highway, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
He was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Hazenmore, Sask. to the late Isiah and Ethel Huntley.
At the age of eight, Jack moved with his family to the Bergland area, and then in 1949, he moved to the Fort Frances area. On June 23, 1958, he began working for the Lands and Forests, now known as the Ministry of Natural Resources. He worked there until he took early retirement in Jan. 31, 1986.
He also had worked as a mechanic at a number of garages in Fort Frances.
He enjoyed running his hobby farm, fishing, camping, and spending his summers with his wife, Irene, at the Lake of the Woods Provincial Park. His family was special to him, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jack was united in marriage Oct. 27, 1950 to the former Irene Izzard, who survives along with their four children, Arthur (Karin) of Ignace, Linda (Dan) LaRocque of Devlin, Jane Hayes of Fort Frances, and Gordon (Lorraine) of Miscampbell Township.
Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Teressa, Laurie (Gordon), Brad (Cheryl), Jason (Angela), Christopher (Michelle), Candice (Lee), Amber, Graham, Angela, and Tyler; five great-grandchildren, D.J., Jonelle, James, Meagan, and Kaillian; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Isiah and Ethel; brothers, Percy, Morris, Frank, Walter, Chester, and Norman; and sisters, Muriel Bylund, Florence Nixon, Bessie Bennett, Hazel Larson, Elsa Wrolstad, Jean Lundquist, and Gladys Armstrong.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Pastor Ken Johnson officiated, with interment in Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Friends visited Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Green Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Dennis Huntley, Gerald Rousseau, Bob Rousseau, Bill Plumridge, Lawrence Larson, and Harold Huntley.
Honourary pallbearers were Clarence Bujold, Jack Smeeth, Dwayne Sletmoen, Stan Calder, John Reader, and Allan Jewell.
In memoriam donations may be made to Riverside Foundation for Health Care for Dialysis, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.
As children, we can’t comprehend
or fully realize
The meaning of our father’s love,
how tender and how wise
His patience and his guidance,
his helpful, caring ways,
The special, thoughtful things he does
to brighten up the days.
Years go by before we know
the depth of his concern,
The love in his protectiveness–
it takes so long to learn.
But as we grow, we understand,
for we look back and see,
Through older eyes and wiser hearts,
his love and loyalty.
It’s these and many other things
that make him grow more dear,
More admired and more appreciated with every passing year.