Jack moved to this community in 2006; he arrived with a purpose. It was his vision to reactivate the adult community band. Many of you may have met him as he approached people in the town, shook their hand and said “Hi, I’m Jack. Do you play an instrument?” And so the 100 Mile Adult Community Band began. Jack directed this band until his failing health prompted him to retire in June of 2014, at the age of 90. He loved each and every member of the band, and they became part of his extended family. All proceeds to the many concerts performed by this band were donated to a local charity, including Fischer Place/Mill Site Lodge, the Hospice Society and the South Cariboo Health Foundation.
Jack began his career as a Lutheran Minister, but spent the majority of his life as a teacher – band, English and Social Studies. His greatest love was music.
His family will miss his unconditional love, his wisdom, his patience, his sense of humor and his love of life. He is predeceased by his first wife, Charlotte Wrage and his second wife, Jean Hassall. He is survived by his daughters Valerie Sherman (Steve) and Deborah Smith, grandchildren Chloe Rickards, Niki Toews (Ken), Orie Tokar (Katrina) and Kam Sherman, and great-grandchildren Jazmine, Deon and Terrence.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Feb. 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Valley Room, 98 Cecil Rd., 100 Mile House. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Cariboo Health Foundation.