John WALLS

John WALLS

Walls, John (Jack)

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Jack Walls, at the age of 73 on March 29 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife of over 50 years Irene, daughters Lisa (John) Stout, Katie Walls, Jenny (John) Newell, grandchildren Luke, Owen, Liam, Johnny, Ella, Olivia, Kate, Sophie and Anna, brother Robert and sisters Margie and Mary, as well as extended family and friends. Devoted to his work until days before he died, Dr. Jack was known by patients as the “Whistling Dentist”, who came alive at his practice, setting all at ease with his legendary jokes, cheerful whistling and singing, and poignant stories and opinions that always enthusiastically and intelligently conveyed his well-informed perspectives. For fifty years, he dedicated himself to his work, creating an extended family among patients and staff, and felt blessed to be able to do daily that which he truly loved, striving to live by a favourite motto, “the humblest task, rightly done, is noble”. His tireless work ethic, dedication and integrity were cornerstones on which he built a successful lifelong career and reputation that was widely respected and admired. Passionately devoted to his family above all, Jack dedicated his earlier years to his daughters, coaching them in sports, spending countless hours shuttling them to activities and supporting them every day of his life. He continued this support with his grandchildren, and spent later years at numerous hockey rinks, soccer fields, and recital stages, particularly enjoying the many treasured hours spent with his grandsons on the golf course. Jack deeply celebrated life and believed in commemorating special occasions by creatively engineering songs, poems and limericks; entertaining family and friends by adeptly playing the guitar and singing with his melodic voice, bringing life and festivity to every gathering. When not working or participating in family events, Jack was a voracious reader, golfer, pilot, stage actor, barbershop quartet singer, and putterer who took pleasure in the smallest details and working in his yard, often seen happily on his Ride ‘em lawnmower. His deep faith in God pervaded every aspect of his life, conveyed often in his reinforcing of values to his children. In twilight years, Jack and Irene treasured their time on the golf course together, especially on their frequent road trips, enjoying the simplicity of the sport and the open road, their dog Piper, and peaceful time together. The family extends deepest, heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Danescu and the dedicated and compassionate ICU doctors and staff at the Abbotsford Hospital who made Jack comfortable during his short, fierce battle against illness. Sincerest appreciation for the unwavering dedication, loyalty and years of service of Denise, Bernie, Silvio, Debbie, Angie, Jacquie, Amber and Carolee for Dr. Jack. Both their patients and the staff continue their dedication with Dr. Catherine. Prayers will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Ave, Abbotsford, BC. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 11:00 am at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Musselwhite Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations made to St. Ann’s Church Building Fund, or the Canuck Place Abbotsford Dave Lede House will be gratefully accepted. Tributes and condolences may be left at: www.hendersonsabbotsfordfunerals.com

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