March 13, 1940 – March 27, 2019
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Jack. He lived and loved life to the fullest – which was ‘Jack’s way’ – always willing to help others.
Jack was born in New Westminster, BC. His father Herman Wolf, mother Winnie, and older sister Doris, resided on a farm which is now a part of the community of Anmore. In 1945, when Jack was five years old, his family embarked on an arduous 2 1/2 day journey by boat across Howe Sound to the PGE Railroad terminus, which at that time was at Squamish. There, they were transferred to a day-coach on the train. After much rocking, rolling and stopping, the train finally reached Exeter Station. Their final destination was a quarter section of land located along Wilcox Road at Forest Grove, which had been previously owned by Bill Tubbs and his wife Dorothy.
Herman purchased a team of heavy horses which became the family’s means of transportation to “town,” which consisted of Archie White’s general store, feed store, post office and gas pumps (for the few automobiles that were able to get through on the rough, rutted roads.) The school, community hall and a few residences were further down the road. Jack and Doris walked the 2 miles to school every day until about 1950, when the outlying schools were amalgamated into the larger one at Forest Grove. The children then caught the Bradley Creek bus at the corner where Wilcox Road met the main road.
Herman had a small herd of milk-cows and for a while, made an income selling cream. He later worked in the local sawmills. At an early age, Jack learned to milk the cows, and drive the team of horses through the process of mowing, raking and stacking hay in the barn for winter. He also helped his dad with plowing, disking, harrowing and sowing. Herman was hearing impaired and relied on his young son in situations requiring mechanical intervention. Jack set up a trap-line and at the age of nine, purchased his first 22 rifle. He supplemented the family larder with grouse, rabbits, ducks and an occasional deer.
The day Jack turned 15 he quit school. Archie White hired him as a handyman. When Jack had enough money to purchase a car, he toured the BC Interior and Northern BC, working in the many small sawmills that had sprung up during the 1950s and 60s. In later years he assisted his father with logging the family farm.
Jack was mechanically inclined. He had a knack for repairing automobiles and sundry equipment. He learned to design and weld together the components of many of the tools he needed to complete a project. Jack was a true pioneer, able to live off the land and make do with whatever it took to survive- despite his chronic poor health. And with the assistance of his good friends, he flourished.
He loved his dogs, was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing and playing his guitar. Jack was a born storyteller and enjoyed conversing for hours with his friends. He will be missed by his buddies Dave, Fred, Robert, Doug, and others in the community of Forest Grove; also his sister Doris, cousins Florence, Stan, Lloyd and Arlene, his nieces Debbie, Cathy, Fern, and nephew Bruce.
We wish to thank the folks at the 100 Mile Motel who made Jack comfortable and feel at home. Also, a big “Thank You” to the medical professionals and staff at 100 Mile Hospital and Fischer Place Lodge.
There will be no service by request.