Jean André HOGUE

It is with great sorrow we announce the sudden loss of a well loved and respected man. Jean André Hogue, born September 15, 1968, died very suddenly and tragically on June 21, 2007. Jean will be sorely missed by his wife and best friend Cristina, his best buddy and son Josh, his parents Eugene and Marie, sister Colette (Corey), brother Michel, parents-in-law Joe and Tina Simoes, brother-in-law Frank (Tracey) and five wonderful nieces: Amanda, Kristin, Michelle, Emilee and Kaylee. He will also be missed by his extended family, a legion of friends, colleagues, members of the Fraser Valley agriculture community, and the many more who came in contact with him.

Jean graduated from Summerland Secondary in 1986. He completed his BSc in Agriculture at the University of British Columbia. For the next 16 years he played an active role in the agricultural industry, beginning with the Cloverdale Soil Conservation Group (1991-1993), and since then with TerraLink Horticultural Inc. There, he was a sales consultant for a number of years, before assuming a new position as marketing manager. He was a board member of the B.C. Blueberry Council Disease committee and a frequent presenter at the Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association Short Course. But the above doesn’t reflect his devotion to promoting sound agriculture, and to providing individual farmers in the Lower Mainland with his time, expertise, and care.

Jean was a man of many passions. He was an avid fan of baseball and football; he spent many hours coaching community football, and was an active participant in his son’s baseball league. He was dedicated foodie who took real pleasure in eating and preparing food. He was always searching for the perfect recipe and when he couldn’t find it, would make up his own version. Jean was not born in the water but spent as much time in it as he could, beginning with the backyard pool as a child, and Okanagan Lake as a teenager. As an adult, he was a certified scuba instructor and taught many people how to dive in the local waters, and spent many Saturdays and evenings either in a pool or on one of the ocean beaches. He was a voracious reader who spent every spare moment immersed in the pages of a wide range of books. Jean’s latest passion was photography; he had a real interest in using his digital camera to chronicle their family trips, his son’s life, and just capturing unique moments.

The common thread that united his disparate passions was his commitment to helping and teaching others. Those who knew him will attest to his generous approach to life and the ease with which he engaged others. He will be remembered for his easy smile, off-beat sense of humor, quick laugh, ability to put others at ease, his willingness to help anyone at any time, and for the love of his son.

There will be a viewing at Henderson’s Funeral Home on Thursday, June 28, 2007 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. There will be a mass to celebrate his life on Friday, June 29, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford (33333 Mayfair Avenue). In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Heart and Stroke foundation can be made in his memory.

Henderson’s Funeral Home

604-854-5534

www.hendersonsabbotsfordfunerals.com