Mailey, John Joseph
(March 5, 1929 – February 24, 2014)
passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, John arrived in Trail in August 1929 when he was just five months old. The Maileys lived briefly in East Trail before moving to the Gulch, where John made many life-long friends. When the Maileys relocated to East Trail in 1937, 1553 Third Avenue became the family home until John married his sweetheart, Doris Moxham, and moved right next door!
A natural athlete, John loved several sports, including track and field, lacrosse, baseball, hockey and fishing. While he excelled at all of them, hockey and lacrosse were his favourites. In 1948-49, he captained the Trail Junior Smokeaters to the BC championship.
John started working for Cominco when he was 15 years old, retiring at 60 so he could pursue his interest in travel. Along with vacations to Eastern Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Mexico and the US, John loved heading out in the motorhome.
John was an avid gardener. He was very proud of his home, yard and family. His greatest enjoyment, however, came from his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
John is predeceased by his parents John “Paddy” and Norah, sisters Martha Jones, Maggie Bradford and Nora Horne, brothers Danny and Jimmy, son Glenn and grandson Cale Caputo. He is survived by his wife Doris, children Patti (Al Caputo) Terry, Diane (John Shannon), daughter-in-law Sheila, Merrill (Don Zentner), Allen, Warren (Jimi Galvao), 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Mary Oliver, sister-in-law Leila, and brothers Leo (Eileen), Kevin (Agnes), Owen (Mary), and many much-loved nieces, nephews and life-long friends.
Mass of Christian Burial takes place Friday, February 28, 2014 at Holy Trinity Church (OLPH) at 10:30am, Father Jim McHugh presiding. Cremation to follow. Interment to take place at a later date.
Donations may be made in John’s name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada(200-4940 Canada Way Burnaby BC V5G 4K6) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (4-1551 Sutherland Ave Kelowna BC V1Y 9M9)
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence on the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca