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On the evening of September 7, 2017, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend John (“Jack”) Woolford passed away after many years of bravely contending with the ravages of Multiple System Atrophy.  MSA could not touch the love, humour, wisdom and kindness for which Jack was best known.

Jack is predeceased by his mother Barbara, father Cyril, and twin brother Bill. Left to mourn and find comfort in his memory are the love of his life, his wife Linda, his children Glenn (Lorraine), Darlene (Mike), and Andrew (Jessica).  His adoring grandchildren Jenna, Matthew and Ella will miss him dearly along with his brother Don (Nonie), and his sisters, Thelma (Bruce), and Jean (Dave – deceased). Jack was born in Duncan, B.C. and attended Royal Oak High School and later joined the Navy in 1957. Jack and Linda were married in 1962 and he was drafted to Cornwallis, N.S. in 1968.

In 1969, he retired from the Navy and became employed by the Greater Victoria School Board as a custodian. He worked his way up to Supervisor of Operations and retired in 1995. He was a member of the Optimists Club, Chief and PO`s Association, Royal Canadian Legion and the Esquimalt Church of the Nazarene.

We wish to thank Dr. Peter Meyer, Veterans, and the staff of St. Elizabeth for all of the care and consideration given.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the First Church of the Nazarene on 4277 Quadra Street at 1:00 pm on Friday, September 15, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Doug & Lynne Milne
    September 26, 2017

    To Linda and family.
    Lynne and I just returned from a cruise to Alaska and back and were sorry to hear about Jack and sorry we were not there for his celebration of life. It had been awhile since I last spent time with Jack at home but I wanted to remember him as he was the last time I was there.
    Doug Milne

  • George & Myrna Billsten
    September 19, 2017

    The years pass and we lose touch, however fond memories remain. Jack was a positive fun-loving individual and it was a pleasure to be in his company. One hilarious memory was at George’s 50th surprise birthday, where one of the guests asked Jack what he did for a living and he told her he was a doctor, she was so impressed and long after the party she asked more about his medical profession; we have often laughed over his ruse. George met Jack through sales at the GVSD and as members of the Optimist Club. Our deepest sympathies to you Linda and all the family.

  • Martin Scott
    September 19, 2017

    On behalf of President Cathy Scott, and the Members of the Evening Optimist Club of Victoria, I wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Jack. He was a true Optimist, and a Friend of Youth throughout the community. He will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.
    Martin B. Scott
    Evening Optimist Club of Victoria

  • June Robinson
    September 14, 2017

    Hi Glenn
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. From the obit It seems he led a full and active life and was proud of his family. I hope you have a good visit to Victoria in consideration of the circumstances.

    June Robinson

  • Bernadette upton
    September 13, 2017

    Linda and family. I am very sorry to read of Jack’s death.I recall the happy occasions Keven and I spent with you our visits from New Zealand Keven was so glad to meet all his Canadian cousins and you made us so welcome. God bless you all. Love Bernadette

  • Fern Spring
    September 13, 2017

    Dear Linda,
    Very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. Sincere codolences to you and your family. I was a teacher at Braefoot School when Jack worked there. He was generous with his time in sharing his trampoline skills with a number of the staff. We would get together in the Gym after school while he taught and encouraged us how to use the trampoline safely.
    I always remember him speaking of his plan to retire early so he could spend more time with you, Linda. Looks like he was able to do that.
    Fern Spring

  • John Meredith and Leslie Kenny
    September 13, 2017

    We’re very sorry to see Jack go. Jack was a wonderful neighbour, a good friend, and a perennially cheerful and kind presence in the community. Jack’s departure leaves a very big gap on Jackson Street. He’ll be missed and fondly remembered.

  • Debra Thomlinson
    September 12, 2017

    We are saddened by the loss of a wonderful being. Our condolences to the family.

  • Jennifer Pagnotta
    September 12, 2017

    Dear Linda,

    I was saddened to hear about Jack’s passing. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Norma Steer (formerly Kopac)
    September 12, 2017

    To Linda and family,

    Jack was a great great guy. He was always on the “verge”. Such a generous considerate supervisor and I am sure loved by all. He always had a kind word and was not afraid to give praise where it was due. Working with Jack and knowing him for more than 20 years has been my privelege. He had a wonderful sense of humour and was a very “sharp dressed man”. God bless you all and may you be comforted by the knowledge that he will be missed by everyone who knew him. You will always be remembered with fondness Jack.

  • Sylvia McCahon
    September 12, 2017

    To Jack’s Family
    My condolences to you all. I worked with Jack at the school board for many years he was a fantastic gentleman. He made working at the school district a fun and relaxing place to be. He had a great laugh and always showed care and compassion for all who worked with him. He surely will be missed. Rest in peace Jack.

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