Johnny was born October 12, 1950 in North Vancouver, BC to Janet and William Manifold. John left us April 26, 2017, aged 66, in Salmon Arm, BC.
Gone before him were his brother Donny, father William and his mother Janet.
Johnny leaves the love-of-his life Patricia; son Marty; daughter Sandy (Blaine); stepchildren Candice, Matthew (Kim) and Christien (Robyn); grandchildren Astrid, Carson, Wyatt, Nate, Zach, Avie, Hayden, Ryder, Silas and Ella. He also leaves brothers Billy (Jean) and Robbie; sisters Barbara (Randy) and Dianne; and several nieces and nephews.
John, after high school, joined the military where he acquired his trade as an electrician. He moved from Surrey to Tappen when his family was young. He was recently a member of the Tappen/Sunnybrae Volunteer Fire Department.
John was definitely “one-of-a-kind”. He always found humour in every situation. It was a great way to cope with life. Whatever it was he managed to get through it by laughing at it and getting you to laugh. He took his fashion cues from no one—feeling “dressed to the nines” in his grey wool long john sweater and work boots.
Most of all, John lived for his time with family and friends; boating and playing on the Shuswap, adventures with his buddies riding their Harleys or hunting; trips with “his Patricia”—canoeing, kayaking, fishing, family camping, happy hour around the campfire, good food and watching grandchildren enjoy themselves. He was a kind, compassionate and helpful friend with an infectious laugh and whistle.
Many thanks to the “hands on” girls in Oncology at SLGH—Phyllis, Iris and Jean; our palliative care nurse Janine, our health care support team and first responders for their gentle care. Thanks also to our loving family and many wonderful, supportive friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held later this spring. In lieu of gifts or flowers a donation in John’s name may be made to the Tappen/Sunnybrae Fire Department or Shuswap First Responders would be appreciated.
John had a wonderful life and thanks all who made it so.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Share memories and condolences through John’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.