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John Mills

John Joseph Mills passed away at the Veterans Health Unit, Fredericton on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016. John was born in Windsor, England on May 22nd, 1922, son of the late Albert (Amelia Parker) Mills. He emigrated to Canada with his parents at age five, to live in Saint John and later Salmon Creek NB.
John was predeceased by his wife Edith Sylvia (Hornbrook) Mills, on 6th January, 2016 and by his brother Anthony G. (Pauline) Mills some five years ago.
He is survived by his nephews and nieces, George Mills (Linda), Mary Cunningham (Michael), Anne Caldwell (David), Rob Mills (Shelley), Barbara Hale (Roger, deceased), Eileen Jordan [Dalton], and their families. He also leaves his very special friends, Nick and Elena Nechita.
John graduated from Chipman High School in 1939, and in 1940, at the age of eighteen, joined the RCAF. He became a wireless/ air gunner and was assigned to air protection of convoys on the North Atlantic. In the spring of 1942, his unit was sent to the Aleutians where he flew protection runs for allied shipping. In 1943 he was assigned to the RAF and sent to Burma, where his wing ferried supplies to the 14th Army. He ended the war as a Warrant Officer, First Class, and was awarded the Pacific Star.
In 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Edith Hornbrook and lived in Chipman for the rest of his life. For the first years after the war he owned and drove a truck, then found work at the Grand Lake Power Plant in Newcastle Creek. Here he rose to the position of Shift Supervisor, and ended his career as a Training Instructor with the NBEPC, in 1978.
His retirement was long and happy involving travels with Edith to every Canadian Province and forty-nine American States. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and Chipman United Church.
“The family would like to thank the many kind nurses and staff at the Veterans’ Health Unit for the excellent care John received over the last two and a half years.
Thank you also to Bonnie Hasson who made sure Edith was able to visit John at least three times a week, and was a good friend to them both.”
Interment for John and Edith will be at the Red Bank United Church Cemetery later in the spring. By his previous request, there will be no funeral service or visitation.
Donations in his memory can be made to the Fredericton SPCA (459-1555) or www.frederictonspca.ca.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home and Crematorium (339-6612). Memories may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca.


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