John (Jock) Sr. Irvin

John (Jock) Sr. Irvin

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John (Jock) Edward Irvin Sr. at the age of 93. Born in Rossland on January 26, 1919, Jock grew up at the Irvin Hotel and spent his life where he was truly at home. He attended Cook Avenue school and spent alot of his free time at Ben Shaw’s place, which was near Big Sheep Creek, where he helped to pack supplies to the trap line near what is now Nancy Greene Lake.

Jock was employed by Cominco for almost forty years, from 1939-1977. In 1940, he married his wife of 71 years, Mickey Cancelliere. In 1942, Jock enlisted in the army and became part of the Regina Rifles. He served with the Canadian Army overseas until he was wounded in 1945. Upon returning home, Jock became a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #14 and the International Order of the Odd Fellows.

Jock also enjoyed fishing, hunting, curling, and especially telling jokes and stories. He will be remembered for his love of life and his family, as well as his positive outlook on all aspects of life. He is survived by his loving wife Mickey, daughter Joanne (Perry) Minnich, son Jack (Geni) Irvin, sister Dorothy Leaden, grandchildren Marie and Peter Langlois, Tricia Irvin and Pamela (Shaun) Thibert. He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Minnie Irvin, brothers Bruce and Bob, and sisters May, Louise, Marguerite and Ina.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #14, Rossland, B.C. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Bill Clark of Alternative Funeral and Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at

The family would like to thank Dr. J. Dalla Lana and Dr. M. Scully, the home support team, and the 3rd floor medical staff at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital for the excellent care and kindness provided for our Papa Jock.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Box 487, Rossland, B.C. V0G 1Y0 or the Canadian Cancer Society at or through your local Canadian Cancer Society office.

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