CARDIFF – John Abel
October 21, 1923 – December 27, 2010
Jack passed away on Monday, December 27, 2010 at the age of 87, after succumbing to a lengthy debilitating battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his loving wife Mary of 60 years, his children Joan and Darrell, and his grandchildren Elizabeth and Erik. Jack blessed our planet with his stewardship, leadership and commitment to the well being of humankind. He was a remarkable statesman for all those who he came into contact with as he humbly journeyed through his life work helping others. During WW2 Jack joined the RCAF at 18 years of age as a pilot and wireless air gunner.. He flew with Bomber Command, Squadron 77 whose main targets were the heavily fortified Ruhr Valley in Germany. He flew 40 Tour Operations, which suffered heavy casualties and he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his courage and bravery. Born in the town of Govan, SK, Jack worked for Farm Credit Corp. for 30 years, retiring as regional manager in BC in 1986. He was a 65 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, serving as Legion Provincial Command in Saskatchewan and president of the Kelowna Branch. He was also very involved in Habitat for Humanity, Kiwanis and the Military Museum. Most of all he was an amazing father and husband who could be counted on at every turn of the road. It is with heavy hearts that Jack’s family and friends wish him adieu and a safe and painless journey to his new home. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Interior Alzheimer Society, 211 – 1889 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5V5 or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.