John Irving

Born September 9, 1920

IRVING, John R September 9, 1920 – October 6, 2013 John passed away peacefully on October 5 in Chemainus, British Columbia. He was 93, the last survivor of a large Calgary family of 5 girls and 3 boys. He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 67 years, Trudy (Gertrude Macmillan), and children Joan (Jim), Kathy (Rob), Barbara (Tim), John (Mary) and Doug (Wendy) as well as 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. John graduated from Western Canada High School, Calgary, and attended the University of Washington but left in 1942 to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He served on a mine sweeper and a destroyer, and was aboard ship in Northern Ireland when World War II ended. His naval career was the start of a lifelong love of boating and coastal exploration. John co-founded and -managed successful businesses in Calgary and later on Vancouver Island, where he and Trudy moved their young family in 1967. After an early retirement, he took up painting, working first in oils and later in watercolours. He befriended mural painters and totem pole sculptors, among others young and old. Known for his generosity and openness to strangers, John volunteered for many organizations. He especially enjoyed his years as a Cub leader but was also active in the Rotary Club (Calgary), Naval Officers’ Association of Vancouver Island, the Chemainus Sketch Club, and Chemainus United Church, which he attended for more than 45 years. It is at this church on October 19 at 2:00 pm that the family will welcome friends to celebrate John’s memory and sing a song for a life well lived. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a donation to the Salvation Army or the charity of your choice. Trudy and the rest of the family wish to thank the caring staff at the Chemainus Health Care Centre for their smiles and gentle attentiveness with John.


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Joan Simonton

November 2, 2013

Trudy and family. Sorry to hear of John's passing. I have such fond memories of visits to your place in Chemainus when we were all much younger. take care

Peggy (O'Rourke) Williams

October 31, 2013

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, he was a wonderful person. Healing thoughts and prayers to each of you.


October 29, 2013

Condolences to Aunt Trudy and family. Remembrances of family Christmases and get togethers.
Couty Mackid & family

October 18, 2013

Trudy and family
As you gather to celebrate John's life, we are sure there will be tears but also many smiles. May your memories of more than 65 years and the presence of so many family and friends be a comfort to you at this time.
David and Alison

Sydney Johnson

October 17, 2013

Uncle John - what a great man, he will be greatly missed!

October 16, 2013

Love you always, John Irving jr. and family