Passed away peacefully at The Village at Smith Creek on Friday January 11, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 75. Born in Trail BC, John was the beloved husband for 54 years and best friend of Shirley (nee Whyte), loving and proud father of sons; Nick, John Russell, Brent (Shauna) and daughter Becky (Merl) Reeve. Grandfather of Justin (Erin), Jennifer (Kyle), Stephanie, Matthew, Kaila and Michael. A dear brother of Helen Gunter-Smith and Ann Pattullo, and many extended family members. John was predeceased by his mother; Polly, his father Michael and his brother Nick. The family would like to thank all the staff at The Village at Smith Creek for their care and compassion shown to John in his final months. Family and friends will be received at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 11:30 A.M. Thursday, January 17, 2013, 2547 Hebert Road in Westbank, BC. In lieu of flowers, family and friends who wish to make an expression of sympathy are welcome to make a donation to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC or the Canadian Diabetes Association. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.hansonsfuneral.com Arrangements entrusted to the care of HANSONS’ ARBOR WESTWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL 250.768.3702.