March 20, 1932 ~ March 30, 2017
John was born in London, England on March 30, 1932. His early education was in Somerset, England where his family moved during the war. It was here that he grew to love farming. He later attended Marlborough College, Wiltshire and Shuttleworth Agriculture College before emigrating to Canada in 1956. He stayed in Comox, B.C. for three years before touring B.C. and Alberta to look for land suitable for dairy farming. He found it in the Riverview area outside Creston and bought a twenty acre farm in 1960. Later the same year he met his wife Jean, who was working for the Department of Agriculture for the summer. The two married in February of 1962 and began dairy farming in August with 24 cows. Gradually the herd grew to 70 cows and 250 acres of land. John always said that dairy farming wasn’t work but the life he enjoyed.
John and Jean had three sons: Michael (1963), David (1965), and Robin (1967).
After 1991, Robin gradually assumed more responsibility and took over management of the farm. John and Jean built their own home and moved off the farm in 2008, but John continued to help with hay harvests every year.
John was a long-time member of the Creston Valley Dairymen’s Association, Creston Rotary Club, Blossom Valley Singers, Redeemer Lutheran Church, and a Creston Valley Hospice volunteer since his retirement. He loved gardening, music, reading, RV camping and travel. For the past six years he has joined the Rotarians in Honduras every February, working on various projects. Finding musical instruments for a school there had been a passion of his. Together with Jean, he has toured many countries world-wide over the years and has seen a lot of Canada and the local mountains as well.
He is predeceased by his parents Ellis and Esther Edge-Partington; sisters Catherine and Renette; brother Patrick, and several aunts and uncles in England.
Surviving are his wife Jean; sons Michael (Janice) of Fort Mills, South Carolina, David (Cheryl) of Delta, BC, Robin (Debbie) of Creston, BC; six grandchildren: Tyler, Megan, Olivia, Adam, Moriah, and Quinn; niece Gillian of Ottawa; nephew Jim (Ann) of Halifax; niece Jane and nephews Simon and Julian of England.
A Service of Remembrance will be held Monday, April 10 at 11am at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Pastor Doug Stapleton officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Creston Valley Hospice Society, #1-1720 Birch St. Creston, BC, V0B1G5 or to Creston Valley Hospital, Bag 3000, Creston, BC, V0B 1G0.