Aug 9, 1921 – Dec 29, 2017
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, John Ranger, on December 29, 2017 at the age of 96.
He is survived by his daughters Carolyn (Vern), Maureen and Elaine, grandchildren Shawn, Renae, Emily and Elliott, and great-grandchildren Kolby, Joshua and Skarlett.
John was born in North Bay, Ontario and grew up spending many summers in Algonquin Provincial Park where his father was a Park Warden. It was there that John developed his love for nature, wild life and the great outdoors. As a young man, John moved to the Coniston/Sudbury area and worked at the International Nickel Co. (Inco), where he met Anne, the love of his life. Eventually, they moved to Penticton, were married, and later moved to Trail where John began working at Cominco, and finally settled in Montrose where they lived for some 50 years.
John was a quiet, kind-hearted, gentle man with a love of gardening, camping and fishing. He enjoyed reading, tinkering in his basement workshop, playing on a curling team and square dancing with Mom. A favourite pass-time for Dad was watching a boxing match or a hockey game. Upon retirement, Anne and John took trips across Canada and throughout the United States.
Dad was a volunteer fireman with the Montrose Volunteer Fire Department for many years, and also assisted in many community events. He was a contented man who truly loved his wife and family and we feel grateful for his well-lived, long life!
Predeceased by his loving wife Anne (July 21, 2017), Dad will always be lovingly remembered by his daughters and his extended family.
Thank you to the wonderful staff at Columbia View Lodge for their kind and compassionate care.
At John’s request no service will be held. Anne and John will be laid to rest together in a private family ceremony at a later date. Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca
I’ll Be Waiting for You
Although your heart may be broken,
There’s no need to weep for me.
I’m in a wonderful place now,
Where I’m happy and so carefree.
I had to go, but I’ve left behind
Good memories to comfort you.
Concentrate on the best times we had,
And try not to feel so blue.
For one day we’ll be together again,
To laugh and sing and play.
You’ll be so glad to see me again,
It will seem I was gone just one day.
So try to lift up your heads now,
And dare to set grief aside,
Because I’ll be waiting here for you,
To welcome you to the other side.
Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services