John William Braithwaite

March 5, 1930July 4, 2019

On July 4, 2019, a truly remarkable man passed away suddenly. A loving and well-loved family man, his is mourned by his wife and best friend, Lorraine, his 5 children and their spouses - John (Mary), Kevin (Kelly), Michael (Tracy), Janis (Larry Bissonnette) and Joan (Mark Paul). John was so proud of his 11 grandchildren and their spouses and his 8 great-grandchildren. As an only child, John was amazed by his ever-growing family.

A graduate of UBC (class of 1956), he began his career in Corrections in B.C. where he became Warden of the Haney Correctional Institute for 9 years before becoming Correctional Planner in the newly formed Solicitor-General's Department in Ottawa, later appointed as Deputy Commissioner of the Correctional Service of Canada. He retired in 1985 to continue to work as a consultant in the field and a lifelong volunteer in service of promoting a humane criminal justice system.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to donate in his memory to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation (, the John Howard Society of Victoria or to the charity of your choice.


8 August

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm

First Memorial Funeral Services

4725 Falaise Drive
Victoria, British Columbia

A reception to follow.


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Jack Cutbill

July 12, 2019

John would often drop by my office, in Ottawa, for a chat. I always enjoyed talking with him. I admired John's generosity of spirit and his true compassion for all people. I feel blessed for having known John. Norma joins me in sending our condolences, to you Lorraine, and your family. Our hearts go out to you in sympathy. Jack

Don Page

July 9, 2019

" John was an icon in Corrections, a great man, a true friend and a mentor and inspiration to so many. His contributions to our profession were invaluable. He shone a searchlight on humane and progressive corrections. His optimism and his ability to get things done were a great lesson to me personally." Our thoughts to Lorraine and family and our thanks for sharing him with us. It was an honour to know him and to work with him."

Charles Ponee

July 9, 2019

Dear Lorraine and Family,

Diane and I were deeply saddened to learn of John's passing.

My recollections of John go back to the seventies. He was , for certain, a major force in Canada's Criminal Justice System and his positive and impactful work on behalf of others lives on. Intelligent, forthright and compassionate, he was a true and inspirational leader.

Lorraine, Glenn Wolfson and I often fondly recall the times we three worked together in Ottawa and we send out to you and your family our warmest regards at this difficult time.

As ever,

Charles Ponee.