Sept. 30, 1934 – Dec. 4, 2014
After a short battle with respiratory disease John Robert Witty passed away in the 100 Mile Hospital on Dec. 4, 2014. John, (Jack), was born in Vita, Manitoba on Sept. 30, 1934. Jack was raised, and attended school in Dominion City, Manitoba. He started his working career as a fishing guide and then a fur trader with the Hudson’s Bay Company. Jack met the love of his life, Ferne Witty, while working as a store clerk in Norway House, Manitoba. He went back to school and achieved a bachelor’s in Art from the University of Manitoba, while raising a young family. Jack entered the teaching profession and taught in remote communities of Northern Canada throughout his career. Jack and Ferne lived in Fort Smith and Yellowknife from the early 60’s through the 80’s. He was always happy to return to see friends and catch a few fish. Jack and Ferne moved to 108 Mile Ranch in 1981 and had been involved in the United Church and other community organizations since then. Jack was a regular contributor to the 100 Mile Free Press and loved a good debate. Jack will be sorely missed, he was a role model to many and lived his life with dignity and a deep love of God. He is pre-deceased by his wife (Ferne), sister and brother in law (Roberta and Peter) and survived by his sister Sara (John), brother Thomas (Danielle), sons Robert (Juanita), David, Kevin (Marina) and Douglas (Patricia). His 8 grand children will remember him as a fountain of knowledge as they grew up hearing…”go ask Grandpa”. Jeffery, Kendall (Ryan), Stephanie, Shawna, Ryan, Vincent, Jake and Vanessa will forever remember Grandpa Witty as a man to love and respect.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am Dec. 12, 2014 at the Martin Exeter Hall in 100 Mile House B.C. Reception to follow at the 100 Mile United Church, located at 169 Dogwood Crescent N. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the 100 Mile House United Church.
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