June 28, 1944 – August 29, 2020
You knew him as that Jack guy from Work World, but we knew him as husband and father. He’s been gone a year now, and we miss him as much as ever.
Jack was born in Osoyoos to Jacob and Teresa Patt, along with his siblings Frank, Robert, Ray and Eleanor. His early years were spent helping in his cousin’s orchard and his dad’s pool hall, and he worked for Stedmans, Macleods, and the packing house.
His more adventurous pursuits in the Okanagan included collecting rattlesnake venom and jumping boxcars.
He met and married his first wife, with whom he had three kids, Kelly, Daina and Diana.
Jack moved down to the coast, where he lived in a trailer in Port Coquitlam, though he worked as an ironworker all over British Columbia. From Pacific Tower in Vancouver and the tramway at Grouse Mountain to the bridge at Fort Steele, Jack’s handiwork can be seen to this day. However, he retired from iron working after a severe leg injury.
He met, and soon married, his second wife Kathy in 1978. He worked as a farmer on his in-laws’ orchard, the King Ranch in Osoyoos.
Jack was a people person, so after nine years working on the family farm, and with twins Amanda and Shane on the way, he and Kathy decided to pursue a new career. They opened a Work Wear World franchise in Trail in 1988, followed later by a second location in Castlegar. After a brief stint living near the mall, they moved with the twins to their home in Fruitvale.
He retired in 2003, and spent the next decade golfing and having coffee with friends down at centre court. Jack fought cancer in his last years, and Dr. Neil, Dr. Scotland, and his good friend Bob Bolen all helped him immeasurably until the end.
He is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Kelly, Daina, Diana, Amanda and Shane, his grandchildren Keyla, Ethan, Jarret, Jayden, Zachary, Laniah and Macaila, and his great-granddaughter Kennedy.
Due to Jack’s own wishes, no memorial service was held. Instead, if you knew Jack, have a cup of coffee and a laugh, because that’s what he would want to share with all his many friends!
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