John Joseph Würth

5 July, 193323 October, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of John Joseph Würth on October 23, 2021 at the age of 88 years. John joins his dear wife Margaret who predeceased him in 2019. John will be be lovingly missed by his son Dan (Paula), his daughter Cathy Locher (Chris), his adored grandchildren; Sarah (Mike), Zac, Sam and Maddy, and his treasured great grandson Jovin (Sarah & Mike). He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by many friends and relatives including those of his cherished Luxembourg Family.

John was born on July 5, 1933 in Dippach, Luxembourg. He was the youngest of Joseph and Catherine’s (nee: Howald) four children; Louise, Susanne, and Francois. In 1945, at the age of 12 years, John attended a private Catholic College in Differt, Belgium. He studied there for seven years under the direction of his uncle, Father Wurth and in 1952 he received a diploma in German, French and Music. John was intellectually gifted and during his studies he became fluent in seven languages; Luxembourg, German, French, Flemish, Latin, Greek, and English. In 1952, John became a Reserve Officer in the Army of Luxembourg and completed three years of compulsory service.

On August 18, 1955, John set sail alone on the Franconia of the Cunard Line, landing in Montreal, Quebec. He made his way west to British Columbia where he began five years as a surveyor for Underhill & Underhill. While surveying, John took electronics courses via correspondence through the DeVry Technical Institute and then moved to Toronto to complete the final year of his electronics degree. John returned to work in Vancouver before moving to Powell River, BC. While working as an electrician at PR Television, he met the office secretary, Margaret Toll, who became the love of his life. They were married in May, 1964 and eventually they became a family of four. In 1966, John started his job with BC Tel and he retired 30 years later in 1996. He began as a central office person and retired as BCTel Mobility Cellular’s first Microwave Technician responsible for south and then central cellular sites on Vancouver Island.

In 1997, after 42 long years, John took his first trip back to his homeland of Luxembourg with his wife Margaret. He ventured back on his own in 1999 and again in 2005 with his children Dan and Cathy. John returned to Luxembourg one last time with daughter Cathy in 2009.

Over their years together, John and Margaret moved their home from Powell River to Victoria, then to Nanaimo and eventually they settled in North Vancouver. John’s priorities were always family first. He was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. John was a well respected, kind and honest European gentleman. He endured much over his lifetime but never complained or spoke ill of anyone. John was a quiet man who offered advice only when asked and he never faltered in his love and support for his family.

Our family would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the staff at Amica Edgemont who lovingly welcomed John as one of their own and cared for him with amazing kindness.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you please consider making a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in John’s memory.

Messages of condolence, thoughts and tributes are warmly welcomed and can be posted to this page. Our family would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the staff at Amica Edgemont who lovingly welcomed John as one of their own and cared for him with amazing kindness. A service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at the Boal Chapel, First Memorial, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver, BC.

Messages of condolence, thoughts and tributes are warmly welcomed and can be posted to this page. To view the Memorial Service in North Vancouver via livestream the link is found here:


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Anat Schwartz

6 November 2021

Cathy I will miss seeing you and your dad walking together in Edgemont village. It was always such a treat to bump into you two, he always had a great big smile and a story or two to share. Even though you were the one getting all the cardio, he always really seemed to enjoy the interruption in the walk and chat for just a little bit longer. I always enjoyed the stories.
Condolences to the entire family. So sorry for your loss.

Susan Wessel

6 November 2021

My heart goes out to all the family and friends of Uncle John. He was such a kind, caring and fun-loving man who will be dearly missed. His smile, laugh and wink will be in my heart forever. For those who had the pleasure of being around him at dessert or treat times, he’d always sneak us kids extras and give us a wink after saying “don’t show Mom (as in Auntie Margaret)”. We’d feel so sneaky as we’d run off trying not to get caught. Thank you, Uncle John, for always being a wonderful and fun uncle. I love you!

Sandra&Nico Wurth-Stoltz

6 November 2021

Dear Uncle John.
The memories of your visits and your hospitality will stay forever in our hearts.
Your Family from Luxembourg will never forget you.

Léiwe Jängi.
Mär warten di léiw Gespréicher mat där vermëssen.
Du bleiws fir ëmmer an eisen Häerzer.
Rouh a Fridden.


Lynn Barnes

5 November 2021

John was always so interesting to chat with at Wurth - McKinley family gatherings and celebrations. He was such a nice man and a proud Popa! Missed him when he moved to Vancouver. After when Covid protocols let visitors come to the complex . Paula and Dan took a picture outside the building of John. He was so Happy to see them. That is the picture I will always keep in my memories of John♥️♥️♥️♥️

Scott deBoer

2 November 2021

Uncle John will be dearly missed. I have so many fond memories of our vacations in Powell River, Victoria and Nanaimo visiting family. We are sad to see him go, but at peace knowing he is with Aunt Margaret once again.

With love,
Scott & Family

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