John (Jack) Lapointe
April 11, 1926 – June 3, 2015
We are sad to announce that Jack Lapointe, 89, of Ashcroft died June 3, 2015 with his family at his side.
Jack was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to John Arnold and Theodorus Lapointe. He left High School to enlist with the RCAF in 1943. It was there he received the electronics training that became his career path in life. After his discharge in 1946, he met his true love, Marjorie Lowe in Winnipeg and they married in April 1949. Combining their honeymoon with a move to Vancouver he worked as an Aircraft Radio Technician with CP Air for 15 years. After a brief time as a service station owner, he was offered a job by BC Hydro in Cache Creek. Pulling up stakes in Surrey, he moved his family to Ashcroft where he used his woodworking skills to build the family home where Jack and Marj lived for the next 50 years. A loving husband and father, Jack was a lovely gentle man with a quiet sense of humour and a quick wit.
Jack was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors all his life. Family holidays were spent at a favourite cabin on Timothy Lake, where wonderful, lasting memories were made. He loved golfing whenever he could and spent many hours on golf courses with his buddies. Computers were also a passion. Jack even built his own computer from scratch. His enthusiasm in turn generated a love of technology in his children and grandchildren who enjoyed many hours of gaming with Grandpa.
Jack is survived by his wife and best friend; Marjorie, his four children; Jill Bewza (Gordy) of Chase, Judy Klassen (Ken) of Ashcroft, Joanne Gerein (Dale)of Ashcroft, and Janice Dobson (John) of Salmon Arm. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two nieces. He is predeceased by his parents, one brother; Jerald and a sister-in-law; Lorraine.
A private family memorial service was held on Sunday, June 7 in Ashcroft. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the palliative care unit of the Ashcroft Hospital: Family Friends Society, Box 773 Ashcroft (earmark for Palliative Care) or Marjorie Willoughby Snowden hospice house in Kamloops. The Lapointe family wish to extend their deepest appreciation to the nurses and care-aides at both facilities who took such good care of them.