Jacob (Jack) Block

October 5, 1923 – March 30, 2016

A man of faith, devoted husband, family man, educator, investor, farmer, adventurer, visionary & leader. Born in Russia to John & Helena Block, he lived through 92 years of change. In 1925, the family moved to Saskatchewan and 11 years later to Yarrow. At age 20, he joined the Army Medical Corps, served in Europe and returned 3 years later.

Jack & Lena (Janzen) married in 1947 and had 3 children. Jack was a high school principal in Coquitlam. He enjoyed camping, water skiing, snow skiing and motorcycling. He had a pilot’s license, ocean sailing and power squadron certifications, an air brakes certification, and at age 78, a road motorcycle licence. He liked flight simulators, remote control helicopters, woodworking, travel, reading and computers. Jack’s moral compass and actions were guided by Christian principles. He rooted in the Mennonite Brethren Church, was active in many charities and often provided significant leadership. He lived a full life, enjoying his family and friends. He was a determined, disciplined man of integrity. He is mourned by his loving wife, 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 3 siblings.

Memorial Service: Bakerview MB Church,

2285 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford on April 18 at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stillwood Camp, Columbia Bible College or Mennonite Central Committee.

See also http://www.arbormemorial.ca/en/valleyview/obituaries

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