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John Michael Wass

August 26, 1948 - July 11, 2022


In Loving Memory of John Michael Wass

Age: 73

Residence: Nelson, British Columbia

Day and Date of Death: Monday, July 11, 2022

Cause of Death: Passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

John was born in Toronto on August 26, 1948, to Herbert and Dorothy Wass. John is survived by five siblings: Robert, Connie, Susan, Peter, and Victoria. John met his wife Elizabeth at Trent University and they married after graduation, in 1971. They raised four daughters together. John had a distinguished career at Ontario’s Ministry of Correctional Services; he and his family moved to various parts of province for his work before settling in London. John and Elizabeth retired in 2009 and moved to Nelson, BC to “enjoy the good life” and be closer to their grandchildren.

John was an avid reader, loved to play tennis and ski, visit with family and friends as often as possible, and had a self-admitted sweet tooth! John held that one’s mindset is extremely important and if you believed you could do it, you could. This determination and optimism took him far in his career and personal life. When asked what he would most want remembered about him he replied, “I enjoyed life and people. Life is a gift from God – but it is short so make the best of it.”

John is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and daughters Adrienne, Melissa, Janine, and Megan. His family grew to include his daughter’s spouses, Patrick, Martin, Mandy, and Alex, and grandchildren Freya, Elysha, Johnathon, and Evelyn. You will forever be in our hearts and live on in our memories.

Donations in John’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.



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From: Louise Mary Hammerich
Relation: a ski friend

Dear Elizabeth, I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great guy and always had a smile and a hello for his friends. You will miss him greatly but treasure the amazing memories that you have of John. Big Hugs, Louise Hammerich

From: Marilyn Miller
Relation: Friend

Dear Liz
I am so sorry for your loss. That twinkle that was always in John’s eyes brought so much joy to others. I’m sure you will keep so many great memories of your life together close to your heart. A ski buddy, Marilyn

From: Marilyn Miller
Relation: Friend

Dear Liz. I am so sorry for your loss of a best friend and husband. John always had that twinkle in his eyes that brought great joy to others. I am sure your memories of John and your life together will shine in your heart. A ski buddy, Marilyn

From: Geoffrey Carter & Carol Hutchinson
Relation: We were buds!

Dear Liz,
John was a good ski buddy and we will miss him greatly. We so much enjoyed hanging out with you and John in the backyard garden. We will always remember John’s ever present smile and good humour.

From: Barry McLean
Relation: tennis and skiing

Liz, you and your family will miss John, but your memories cannot be erased. I met John at tennis and we enjoyed some good times at skiing and walking. John was always a treat to be around and had some great stories.

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

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Donations in John’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.


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