Sanderson, John Fergus

January 3, 1924 – October 9, 2014

It is with great sadness that we announce that John Fergus Sanderson passed away on Thursday, October 9th at Campbell River and District Hospital surrounded by his wife Betty and family. Dad is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Elizabeth (Deuchars); daughters Susan Sanderson (Gary)d, Wendy Telosky (Dan), Barbara Sanderson (Mike)d, and Roderick Sanderson (Dessia Kroeger); six well loved grandchildren Lauren, Cale, Heather, Jill, Derek and Trevor and 1 very new great grandson, Max; brothers Bruce Sanderson (Rose) and Wallace Sanderson (Ev) as well as 6 nieces, nephews and families. The whole family is grateful that dad was able to meet his first great grandson while he was still conscious and that they were able to celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary on June 30th, 2014 with the immediate family. It was a beautiful day in their garden. Dad was born January 3, 1924 in Lashburn, SK where his family settled and farmed. He enlisted in the Canadian Air Force in May 1943. In 1946 John’s parents and two brothers left the farm and moved to Honeymoon Bay on Lake Cowichan to work in the Western Forest Products sawmill. In 1947 John and Betty met at a ball game in Duncan and were married June 30th, 1949. In 1958 we moved to Campbell River to work in the new Crown Zellerbach, Elk Falls Sawmill. These were happy years raising their four kids in Campbell River. Dad and mom loved to fish, hike and work together to improve their homes. Dad was a very unselfish man, he would attend or try anything if he was with the family and he worked hard to keep us busy . . .

Mom and dad left the island on their Caribou adventure in 1973, fixed up another home and acreage. Upon retirement they settled in Abbotsford where they spent 15 busy years looking after grandchildren, playing bridge, lawnbowling and square dancing. The whole family wish to thank all the nursing staff on 3rd North (especially Marie, Nicole and Tom), Dr. Friderichs, Dr. Ness and Dr. Vandervene for their excellent care, and the Home Support staff and nurses. We could not have kept dad comfortable without your support and guidance. After a full and loving life it is time for dad to rest. We are going to miss you very much. Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 25th at 2 p.m. at the Anchor Inn, Campbell River. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to Betty and family at In lieu of flowers a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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