Jack died peacefully in Victoria on November 4th, 2019 at 98 years of age. He is survived by Bev, his wife and best friend of 64 years. Jack leaves behind his sister, Ruth Clougher in New Zealand, his children Sandra (Bob) Beauregard and Ian (Linda); grandchildren, Esther, Mark and Jillian.

Jack grew up in Vancouver and graduated from UBC with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1944. He worked for Water Survey of Canada his entire career.

An avid stamp collector since childhood Jack was a member of several philatelic societies and clubs.  His postal history collection of colonial British Columbia and Vancouver Island won numerous awards in the UK, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.  In retirement, he and Bev visited over 80 countries, with ship and train being the preferred method of travel.  These trips were quite often planned around stamp shows and exhibitions.

Jack loved being outdoors.  In the winter, he was an avid skier, still hitting the slopes in his 80’s because the pass was free!  Shawinigan Lake was also a special place for him where family and friends gathered frequently. He was very proud of his children, their spouses and his grandchildren.  Jack was always very interested in the activities his entire family was involved in.

Jack’s curiosity about the world and interest in others was appreciated by all of us.  We especially loved his optimistic attitude about life.  When he was 95, he renewed his passport for 10 years!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Coast Railway Association, Squamish BC or The Royal BC Museum, Victoria. BC

A Celebration of Life will be planned for the spring of 2020.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Marit Main

    Dear Bev, Sandra and Ian
    Jack’s life was well lived and amazing 64 years of marriage Bev! I have such fond memories of Shawnigan Lake summers and beaching and canoeing when Jack was there. He guided me through teenage behaviours for the summers I was at Shawnigan Lake and my Dad always had a soft spot for Jack.
    He left a legacy of love and laughter, bless you all, he will be missed.
    Marit and Dave Main

  • Marilyn Denton

    Dear Bev, Sandy and Ian,

    Bob and I send our condolences. Thank you Bev for the card. I was more than happy to organize flowers and a card on behalf of Dallas Place owners. I fondly remember Jack always had a smile and a good story. My first encounter was the Christmas party in 2009 where he stood out in the lobby with his brilliant plaid jacket. Bev, if you ever need anything, just call “upstairs” and I can be down in a flash.
    Best wishes, Marilyn Denton and Bob Coulter.

  • diane price

    Dearest Bev, Sandy, and Ian,
    Tom and I are certainly tardy in sending our love and condolences to you and your families. We have been traveling and happened to see Jack’s passing in the Vancouver Sun. We remember Jack with fondness at various philatelic events with Alex and Renee and attendance at the milestone celebrations of their lives. Our family and lives are in Alberta, Calgary and Banff. Please be in touch and let’s reconnect and catch up.
    Diane and Tom Price

  • Barry + Jan

    Dear Bev, Sandy and Ian,
    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I still remember my first canoeing experience with Jack. I’m sure you have many great memories of the good times that you shared together. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Don Reksten

    Jack was my boss when I joined Water Survey of Canada in Vancouver in 1964 after graduating from UBC. More recently I would run into him and Bev at the “Muffin Break”, stamp and postcard shows, and various historical events.
    He must be remembered for his contributions to getting the book “The Stamps and Postal History of Vancouver Island and B.C.” published – a wonderful legacy.
    I will always remember his welcoming and cheery smile and his good spirits. I feel very fortunate to have known him over so many years.

  • Robin Mowat

    RIP Jack. Our Tuesday’s will be missing someone special and I will miss seeing that twinkle in your eye. Ian and I send our love and sympathy to Bev and the family.

  • Brian Grant Duff

    The doyen of Vancouver Island Philately. An ambassador for his hobbies. A father figure and inspiration. Never afraid to speak his mind. A smile on his face and in his eyes. Thank you Jack for making our lives better by knowing you.

  • Ron Greene

    Dear Bev and family,
    We always enjoyed chatting with Jack at the stamp group on Tuesdays or the Round Table.
    An interesting man and a gentleman. We miss him as we know that you do as well.

  • Malcolm Leitch

    I am so sorry to hear about Jack’s passing and my condolences go out to Bev and his family. While I knew about Jack by reputation, I first met him when I joined the 21 Club in Vancouver. He was always very giving of his knowledge of BC postal history and it always came with a twinkle in his eye. He was one of the happiest people I know. At our 21Club dinners I enjoyed listening to Jack regale us of his adventures as a youth growing up in Vancouver, particularly skiing on the North Shore mountains, when the only way up was to walk up with your skis. I will miss Jack’s friendship, advice, humour and wisdom.

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