Martin John DUGGAN
June 22, 1935 – July 18, 2019
On Wednesday, July 18th, 2019, John Duggan, loving husband and father of four, passed away at the age of 84 at Chilliwack General Hospital. John was born June 22nd, 1935 in Morden, Surrey, England. On June 22, 1957, on his 22nd birthday, he married the love of his life, Anne Duggan at a London registry office. And thus began a most wonderful family life. Four children, Joanne, Jacqueline, Alec and Jeremy were blessed to have this man as their father. Childhood adventures with Dad included many holidays on a pleasure boat. Sunday drives to explore derelict old houses and buildings. As well as many seaside holidays spent playing in tide pools and jumping in the waves.
John was an avid handyman. He renovated two cottages, one in Wales and one in Tweed Ontario. He liked to fix up antique clocks and restore them to their original glory. His love of antiques led him to many auctions, he would return home with many treasures. Anne must have once mentioned that a particular teapot was pretty. He took that on board and began to collect antique teapots for her. I am not sure how many they have, now proudly "displayed" in sealed boxes under the stairs. There may have been 100 at last count.
His two sons (and son in law) would often join him in fixer upper projects. This was usually accompanied by robust (loud) discussion of the best way to accomplish the task at hand. His sense of humour and and outgoing personality, drew people to him. His friends were many and his family grew exponentially. And he was adored by all.
John was in the British Army and served some time peacekeeping in Cyprus. He later decided to start a career with the British Prison Service. Jan 7th, 1959 his career began as a prison officer at Wandsworth Prison. He later transferred to Brixton prison where he took the Civil Service Exam, this qualified him to attend a training staff course for 8 months. From there he quickly rose up the ranks. Assistant Governor at Gaynes Hall Borstal, a facility for young men. He was promoted at Gaynes to Deputy Governor. A lateral move to Manchester prison in 1969 was followed by a promotion to Deputy governor at Wakefield prison in Yorkshire a year later. During his time at Wakefield prison, the prisoners staged a sit in protest. They refused to move back to cells. The way that John successfully handled this protest, would be used as an example for training new officers in years to come. One of his tactics, was to provide lovely plates of fish and chips with malt vinegar for his staff to enjoy, while the inmates - who were hungry by this time - would surely appreciate the aroma.
In 1972 John, Anne and children packed up their life in England and travelled on a polish ship, in November, to their new life in Canada. His Canadian career began at Burtch Correctional Institute in Brantford, Ontario. He was promoted in 3 months after arriving in Canada to Brampton Ontario Correctional Institute as the Superintendant. From the prison level, he moved to the administrative level of Regional Director, Western region of Ontario. Then on to Toronto as Deputy Minister for Ontario Correctional Services. He would later join the Federal Correctional Services in a move which took him and Anne to Saskatoon as Regional Director. His last move of his career is the one which brought him to British Columbia as Regional Director.
At the age of 60 John retired and moved with Anne to the Sunshine Coast. They enjoyed 18 years of ocean front life. They travelled extensively and most of all, loved cruises. They moved to Chilliwack BC in 2013 and have loved it here.
John leaves behind Anne, his wife of 62 years, his children Joanne (Craig), Jacqueline (Carl), Alec (Sherri), and Jeremy (Cheryl). Grandchildren Tara (Clark), Ryan (Michelle), Devin (Ashley), Caitlin (Mackenzie), Kalli (Brad), Andrew (Janelle), Riley, Conner, Owen and Parker. Great grandchildren, Liam, Aiden, Ava, Eliana, Lennon, Zara, Ivy, Amalea, Lyndon, Tanner, Dawn, Samantha and Amy. He also leaves his sisters June, Joan and Ruth. Brother Peter (Mary). As well as nieces, nephews inlaws, honorary children and grandchildren and many friends.
It is difficult to encompass all that he was and all that he meant to so many people. He leaves a big hole. If desired, donations to Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation may be made in his honour at https://cpff.ca/donations/cpff-donation-form/
Celebration of Life to be held at Wednesday July 24th, 2019 at 4 pm at Henderson's Funeral Home, in The Tea Room
- Memorial Service Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Martin John DUGGAN
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July 30, 2019
Pat and I were saddened beyond words to hear today of the passing of our good neighbor, consistent friend, and oft times source of fun, jokes, puns, good wit and laughter...John Duggan...it was an incredible satisfaction to look down from the solitude of our home at Earls Cove and see the smoke rising from John and Anne's chimney...they were HOME! It seemed that John's entire life had been a trajectory of practical goodness, and we certainly witnessed this on the Sunshine Coast as the whole neighborhood benefited from the Volunteer Fire Department which John promoted, instigated, prodded, encouraged...and saw become a reality. Our hearts are with you Anne and your Family. Even in your unimaginable loss, may you discover unexpected joy and smiles each day.
July 29, 2019
I was the first person to meet the Duggan family upon their arrival in Canada in 1972. I actually picked them up at the train station in Brantford, Ontario. My wife Nancy & I immediately became close friends with John and Anne. We still enjoy such fond and humorous memories of our time spent with the Duggans. John and I became very close during our time together in the Ontario Correctional Services. Our hearts were so saddened to recently hear of his sudden passing. Our deepest sympathy to Anne and Family.I liked and respected John Duggan from the moment I met him. We shared some very special times together. He was a generous gregarious man who love life and his family. What I loved most about John Duggan was that he was my "FRIEND"
July 28, 2019
Spent much time with John and family.
He was a true friend and I shall miss him dearly.
July 24, 2019
I remember the first time Andrew took me to visit John and Anne's home, John took me into the den and told me a story for each thing/picture on the wall. He had done some truly neat things and met some pretty important people. His face showed so much pride. I loved every minute of it as he was so inviting and sweet. Even though our visits were few, they will not be forgotten.
July 24, 2019
John was my Dad’s best friend, a friendship that lasted approx 80 years. You don’t have to see your best mate every day to know what a fantastic friendship you have.
You only had to see the way they were together when they met up, it was as if they had never been apart, the laughs, the jokes, the pranks, they really were the epitome of true friends.
One of my fondest memories goes back to 1979 when Mum, Dad and I went over to Canada for a month to visit Anne & John. The five of us took a trip across the border and travelled down to Florida, stopping off in various states to see the sights. I particularly remember our stay in Georgia, John pulled into a lovely looking Motel, it even had hearts on all the doors, what a great place we thought. But it was not all that it seemed, when we were awoken in the early hours by a man knocking on the door wanting ‘service’…….. Yes, John had us booked into the local Motel of disrepute. How we laughed afterwards but, at the time, it was pretty scary and Dad and John sat ‘on guard’ all night protecting us ladies!
We have lost a wonderful man, a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and I feel so lucky to have known and loved him.
Until we meet again dear John
With love always
July 24, 2019
John was my dad Bill’s partner-in-crime growing up, best man at his wedding and my godfather. I don’t recall meeting John until early adulthood when mum and dad got back in touch with him. However, his absence as a godfather is in no way responsible for my atheism!
From our first meeting it was clear that John was a good guy to be around; he had that sharp sense of humour and endless supply of jokes and stories that made him easy to listen to and get along with. Listening to him and dad reminiscing on their formative years really made us laugh and I could see parallels with the same period in my life; hereditary perhaps?
One that sticks out is the story of them scrumping; now times must have changed over the generation as when we “borrowed” apples from the local orchard we just got chased and shouted at, but John and dad ended up being shot at! Gooseberries must have been worth their weight in gold back then! Somewhat ironic that he ended up in the prison service! I’m sure dad can share many more such tales.
We all have regrets in life and mine is that I did not see more of John over the years, but I feel so privileged that on the few occasions we did get together we picked up where we’d left off and had such a laugh. There are not many people you meet in life where the only memories are happy ones.
Sadly, we are not with you in person to celebrate John’s life, but Janette and I will raise a glass at midnight in the UK in his honour.
Our condolences to all,
Will and Janette Lipyeat
July 23, 2019
My Uncle John led a long and constructive life and has now sadly left us and will be sorely missed by many family and friends.
He was without doubt one of the nicest blokes you will ever meet in your life. He certainly influenced me when I was a young man as I am sure he has to many other people.
He always made you laugh whatever the circumstance and that is a great way to lead your life and is a true role model for others to follow. My children only met him a few times but all have fond memories.
As a kid I always looked forward to Anne & John visiting and even when I was older I looked forward to meeting up even though we were 1000’s of miles apart and didn’t do it very often.
I am sure that he will get many nice things said about him now that he has passed away and I don’t think that the right words will come to me to do him justice.
However he leaves behind his legacy. A Duggan tradition that he passed down to me and I have passed down to my children and they have in turn passed down to theirs.
Whenever the last person is going to get into the car make sure you drive a few feet forward so they can’t get in. Then stop and wait for them to catch up and try to get in again then move another few feet forward. You can repeat this as many times as you like and it is funny every time for all the occupants of the car!
My Granddaughter asks me every time that we are in the car– “can we drive off without Mummy?” and that is John’s legacy that he left for us all to enjoy!
Rest in Peace Uncle John you truly were a great man.
But before signing off I need to pose a final question – did he really beat the Jamaican Champion at table tennis?
Gordon and Marilyn McDonald
July 23, 2019
Our favorite memories of John include visiting John and Anne
at their home In Earl's Cove. where we played silly games, went golfing with John, went out for fish and chips and drives around the area.
One of John's favorite things to do is play jokes on people and Marilyn was one of his favorite guinea pigs. .
Our thoughts go out to all the family at this time..
John, you will be missed by so many .
Marilyn and Gord
July 23, 2019
Ever since I've met this man he's never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Sad to see you go John Boy, you'll leave a big hole in this family
Don and Claire Page
July 22, 2019
John was my boss, my mentor and my friend. He was a strong and decisive leader and a kind and thoughtful colleague to all who worked with, or for him. He was optimistic, energetic, and loved life. He had the ability and the personality to get things done and he contributed much to his profession. It was an honour to have known him.
Our thoughts and condolences to Anne and his family.
July 22, 2019
Dearest Anne and family,
Can’t stop thinking about you. I hope it brings you comfort to know that we celebrated John’s life by going to the Empress Hotel for a High Tea. It was either that or a pub and we felt the Empress was prestigious enough to honour him properly. He was a gem and we will miss him.
Our heart goes out to you and your family, can’t imagine the hole that has been made in the whole family.
Please know you are all in our thoughts and in our hearts.
Much love and big hugs
Sharon & Neil
July 22, 2019
Enjoyed many years working with my colleague and friend, John Duggan, as Deputy Commissioners in the Correctional Service of Canada. My condolences to his wonderful wife, Anne, and family.