With much sadness and immense gratitude for a long life well lived, we announce that Jack/Dad/Grandpa/Great-Grandpa Davies passed away peacefully with his wife Stella by his side on August 29, 2015 in his 90th year.
Jack was born April 25, 1925, immediately following his twin sister Nancy, who he always claimed he had kicked out of the womb first. He was the youngest of seven children to parents Lewis and Mary Davies of Port Alberni, BC. Following a very happy childhood, Jack left high school at the age of 17 1/2 to join the Navy with his mother’s permission. He proceeded to go to university for fourteen months and became an electrical artificer. He toured the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans during WWII. When the war ended he returned home to Port Alberni where he put his electrical skills to use to help build houses. When the Government postal service came to Port Albeni, Jack jumped on board to become a mail carrier and had the honour of delivering the first letter to the mayor. After a short time Jack returned to electrical work with the BC Power Commission and eventually BC Hydro for the remainder of his career.
Jack met his wife Stella at the age of 21. After a two-year courtship they were married May 15th, 1948 in Port Alberni. They moved into their first home together in Sproat Lake and began building their family. First came daughter Diane, then son Keith. After seven years in Sproat Lake, they made their first move of many to Vernon BC, followed by Prince George, Alert Bay where Jack was promoted to district manager, then on to Nakusp, Invermere, and Courtney, until finally putting down permanent roots in Salmon Arm in 1974. Jack retired from the Hydro business in 1985 and began to focus on his other interests and hobbies.
Throughout his adult life, Jack was involved in the Kinsmen and Rotary clubs, where he participated in community projects, and was also involved with the Cancer Society as a volunteer. He was very active with the BC Power Pioneers. In addition to his humanitarian work, Jack also loved to work with his hands. He loved woodworking best and built homes, toys, and furniture, among other projects, and had a tool collection that would put your local Home Hardware to shame. Jack was generous with his talents and time and was quick to help his family, friends, and neighbours with their own projects.
Above all else, Jack was a family man. He was a devoted and loving husband, a wonderful father to his two children, and an adoring, proud grandfather and great-grandfather. Family always came first for Jack, and he welcomed every opportunity to gather them together, whether for holidays, summer vacations at the lake, or just a simple family dinner. His wife Stella was the apple of his eye for 69 years and the greatest love of his life.
Jack was a quiet, private person with a quick wit that bordered on mischievous and a heart of gold. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by wife Stella, daughter Diane (Brian), son Keith (Leslie), grandchildren Melanie, Erik, Angela, Roslyn, and Ashley, and all 8.5 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at the United Church, 450 Okanagan Ave SE, Salmon Arm, BC, on Friday September 4th at 11am. Reception to follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, please give a donation to the charity of your choosing.
On line condolences may be sent to Jack’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.