McCall Gardens

John passed away peacefully September 29, 2017 with his family by his side, after a long fiercely fought battle with cancer.  John was born October 22, 1937 in Oliver, BC into a pioneering orchardist family. He is survived by wife, Karen; daughter, Jennifer Stuart (Doug); son, Michael (Wendy); five much loved grandchildren; sister, Lorna Mays and an extended loving family.

John graduated in Geology from U.B.C. in 1965.  Based in Vancouver, his profession took him throughout BC, YT, NWT’s as well as explorations in AK, AZ and Mexico.

The family would like to thank Dr. G. Sayad, Dr. M. Szeto and Dr. S. Rossi for their care and support.

A Tea of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 1pm – 3pm at the Recreation Centre, 4318 Emily Carr Drive in Victoria, BC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in memory of John to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Anna Wagner
    October 16, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Deighton’s passing. I always remember him as a great and gentle man. My thoughts are with you during this sad time. Sincerely, Anna Wagner

  • nadene McCoy
    October 11, 2017

    Dear Karen and family,I send my condolences in your loss of John.As an avid Times Colonist reader I learned of his loss.I remember lots of fun talks about you and John back in the Langara days. My thoughts are with you.
    Nadene McCoy

  • John Boone
    October 9, 2017

    It was so sad to read that John had passed away, and I offer my sympathy and condolences. We both grew up in Oliver of pioneering families, we both were active in Boy Scouts, and we crossed paths from time to time at UBC. John had a fine and positive disposition and I recall him as one whose cheerful nature was always welcome. To all of the family: my deepest sympathy.

  • Robert E. Gale
    October 6, 2017

    As a geologist who worked with John I will always remember him as a very good geologist who was always cheerful and positive about his life and his work. He did an excellent job in his work, was always reliable, and I considered him my friend.

    i know that he was a great Husband, Father and Grandfather and I am very sorry for your loss

    Sincerely, Bob Gale

  • Elizabeth & Bill Hulbert
    October 5, 2017

    Dear Karen, Jennifer and Michael,
    It’s hard to realize John’s long painful ordeal is over.He always had such a warm smile greeting us regardless of how he was actually feeling in these last years. You have lost a very caring humble husband and father who loved you all so much. I do not have the words to express how empty the world is to know of his passing.John had a special spark that could always leave you feeling a little brighter. He will be genuinely missed by all of us.
    Love Liz and Bill Hulbert

    ( regretfully we will be unable to join you on Sunday as we are out of town)

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