John M. “Jack” Bryan

John M. "Jack" Bryan

Aged 88 years, passed away suddenly on May 21 in Penticton. He was born 1926 in Rossland, son of Jack and Connie Bryan.

Predeceased by his sister Bobbie and sons Lyndon and Kevin. Jack is survived and lovingly remembered by his siblings Patsy and Tom (Aase); sons Pat (Therese), Mike (Liz) and James (Vera); grandchildren Laurie (Clinton), Jessica (Luc), Lynda, Owen, Justin, Jocelyn, Megan, Joshua, Shannon, Julie and Nicolas; and great-grandchildren Shane, Derek, Daniel, Phoenix and Molly.

Jack worked as a research metallurgist, investigating novel ways of extracting the riches from the Sullivan and Red Dog ores. His favourite pastimes were Latin dancing and studying physics. The family enjoyed watching Jack “bust a move” on the dance floor, but we did not share his passion for the other hobby because, frankly, the theories of quantum mechanics and relativity were well beyond our grasp. Jack served a long stint as chairman of the Rossland Scouts, followed by many terms as a school trustee. He was a member of the Legion and the Eagles, and played a pivotal administrative role in the restoration of the Eagles Hall after it sustained fire damage. Jack relished the roles of Grandpa and Great-grandpa. Every summer for well over a decade, his grandchildren would descend on Rossland from various parts of the province to enjoy two weeks of fun and escape from their parents. With help from his friends, Jack would treat his grandchildren to an adventure-packed holiday that included swimming, the Follies, the mine museum and the Colander.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Penticton this summer. We will miss his unwavering commitment to family. As one granddaughter wrote on social media, Jack was the glue that held our extended family together.

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