John (Jack) David Harringa

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John (Jack) David Harringa

March 29, 1919 ~ April 30, 2011


John David (Jack) Harringa was born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 29, 1919 to Simon and Christina Harringa. He was a loving brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He completed high school and went onto college before enlisting in the Air force. After returning from the war he settled in Creston as the Manager of the local Creamery. He married Laurel Keirn in 1947 and they were blessed with three sons. He worked tirelessly for his family and dedicated himself to service in the community. He had a long and rewarding career with Columbia Brewery as the Brewing Supervisor.

He retired to Kootenay Lake; living in the home he built at Twin Bays. His retirement years were filled with his many interests; carpentry, gardening, reading, enjoying birds, wildlife, and the beautiful scenery.

He was active in the Shrine Club for more than sixty years, having served as President & Deputy District Grand Master. He was an avid supporter of Minor Hockey, clocking countless Rep Team miles as well as spearheading many fundraisers.

Jack was a true gentleman; he will always be remembered for his warm hospitality, kind and gentle nature, strength and determination.

Jack was predeceased by his wife Laurel (Keirn) Harringa, parents, Simon and Christina; brothers; Inty and Herman Harringa, sisters; Anne Wouters, Tena Leonard, Jen Mayan, and Reka Tenpas.

He is survived by sons David (RaeAnn), Donald (Denise), Dan (Carolyn); grandchildren Kathryn (Ervin) Sommerfeld, Mark (Jody), Dean (Tammy), Denny, Jonathan (Connie), Contara-Jae, and Shelby Harringa; great-grandchildren Christina and John Sommerfeld, EveLena, Patrick, Samantha, Hunter, Reid and Taylor Harringa; sisters Eve Harringa and Nel Nelson; nieces and nephews.

Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Shriners Patient Transportation Society, c/o Gizeh Shriners of British Columbia & Yukon, 3350 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3K9