BLAND, JOHN R.
April 29, 1936 – February 9, 2012
It is with great sadness that
we announce the sudden
passing of John Robert Bland.
John was born to Richard
and Alice Bland on Alice’s
mothers farm in Haileybury,
Ontario. They were delighted with their first born son.
Growing up in Ontario with
kind and loving parents and three other siblings, John grew to be a kind and gentle man.
In 1954 he joined the Navy. A highlight of his service in the Navy was cruising the Arctic aboard the ice breaker HMCS Labrador. After his discharge from the Navy in 1956, he married a lovely english girl, Mary Patricia Turner (Marie) in Windsor, Ontario on August 18th, 1956.
John and Marie had three children, Anita, Tina and John junior. When John received the news that his third child
was a boy, he was so excited that he jumped the
John and Marie and children moved to Kelowna in the late fall of 1963 from Windsor, Ontario. Saying goodbye to his family and his good friends the Talbots. It took the Blands 6 days to trek across Canada to their new home. During their years in Kelowna, John and Marie became full time care
givers of Chris Jiyobu (deceased) and Tom Falardeau. These two young men were a part of the Bland family for many years. Tom has many fond memories of John and
lovingly refered to him as “Mr. Fix it”. John was a real
handyman and a good carpenter. He loved to build things in his well equipped work shop. Among his many projects, he constructed bird houses and gifted them to many of his friends. John also loved the outdoors and was an avid
hunter and fisherman.
In the spring of 2006 John and Marie moved to Victoria to experience the island’s beauty and mild climate. During his years in Victoria John enjoyed lake and ocean fishing with his friend, Ryan and coffee times with his buddies at the D.Q. He also enjoyed creating beautiful wooden 3D pictures called intarsia.
John is predeceased by his parents Richard and Alice, his two sisters, Joyce French and Margaret Bottan. Survived and greatly missed by his dear brother, Richard (Yvette); his wife, Marie; his daughters, Anita (Paul) and Tina (Rory) and his son John (Chris). His grandchildren, Jerry, Evan, Ryan, April, James, Johnny, and his great grandchild, Zane.
We miss you Dad. Your warm deep voice and laughter. Your kind and gentle ways. You will be deeply missed and forever loved.