John was born and grew up in Revelstoke BC. He was the second child of Elsie and George Spencer. He moved to Victoria in 1982 to be with his future wife, best friend and love of his life, Glenda Palmer. They married on July 16, 1983 and had three beautiful children. John was dedicated to his family, a proud father and husband, who was always there to support them and gave generously of his time without question. He was blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, who all loved their Papa very much.

John enjoyed his work at DND for thirty-three years and made many friends during that time. He started as a driver and later became a trainer. Outside of work he enjoyed woodworking and baking his sought after goodies.

Left to treasure his memory is his wife Glenda, son Christopher (Nina), daughter Andrea (Jas), son Mark, sister Eleanor (Terry), brother-in-law Bruce, grandchildren Aria, Brayden, Mila and Mikayla. Sisters-inlaw Joyce (Vic), Maree, and Linda. Nephews and nieces Tracy, Suzanne (Ian), John (Natasha), Ian (Nancy), Clifford (Debbie), Paula (Darrell), Tanya (Albert), Rob (Sherry), Kevin (Charisse), Alison (Tom). Brady (Naomi) and numerous great nephews and nieces. Predeceased by his parents, in-laws Sue and Len Palmer, eldest sister Kathleen and brother-in-law Graham.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC, on Friday, October 7, 2022 at 10:00am, followed by a reception.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Jenny Marshall (Brown)

    Dear Glenda,you don’t know me, but I remember you when you were a little girl as I grew up with your mum in Clacton on sea. I’m so sorry to read of your loss, it’s such a sad time for you and your family,but how wonderful for you to have a large, close family around you. Sending wishes for happier days and remember your lovely memories.

  • Diane olexy

    Dear Spencer Family,

    Please except my deepest condolences.
    I do know John was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
    Diane R. Olexy

  • Phil Barker

    Our heartfelt condolences to Glenda and family. John always had a smile, a wave and kind words. He will be missed.

    Phil and Diann

  • Barry Popejoy

    John was such a caring man. John will be missed. I was in the Forces and worked in Base Transport.

  • The Durston family

    My family and I were shocked and deeply saddened at the news of Johns passing. I worked closely with John at DND and John was a mentor to me, he often spoke fondly of his family and how proud he was of his children. We will miss him. Our condolences to Glenda and the family at this difficult time.

  • Mike Vogt

    You will be missed John and glad I had the privilege of learning and working with you at TEME. I send my condolences to John’s family, friends and to all that had the pleasure of knowing him.
    Rest in peace my friend,
    Mike Vogt

  • Jim Cameron

    Knew John when I worked at Base Transport. Very sad news. Sincere condolences to family and friends. Rest In Peace John.

  • Steve Chalmers

    So sorry to hear about John he was a great guy, I worked with him for many years at Base Transport my condolences to Glenda and John’s family.

  • Carol and Leigh Urquhart

    Carol and Leigh Urquhart

    Thinking of you, Glenda and family, with deepest sympathy at this difficult time.

  • The Seager family England .

    Sending our deepest condolences to Glenda and family on the sad loss of John.
    Our special thoughts and love to you all.
    From Irene,Colin & Vanessa xx

  • Gwen Andrews

    Dear Glenda so sorry to hear the passing of John. We will be thinking of you and your family God Bless from Gwen, Grace and family across the Pond

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