John "Jack" VanWart
VanWART, JOHN "JACK" MITCHELL
Jack passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on February 7th, 2016 at Orchard View Long Term Care in Gagetown, NB.
He was predeceased by his wife, Anna (Lee); his parents, William and Kathleen (Hatt) VanWart; his sister, Mary Morrison and brother, Asa.
He is survived by his children, Nancy (Charlie) of Calgary, AB, Bill (Brenda) of Fredericton, NB and Janice (Brian) of Fredericton, NB; grandchildren, Aldea, John Andrew, Michael, William and John Arthur as well as 10 great-grandchildren.
Jack volunteered for service in November 1941, serving with the Carleton and York Regiment in Italy. Upon his return, he married his high school sweetheart, Anna and celebrated 69 years with her before she passed away in 2014. Jack joined his father in the family’s coal and seed business, A.H. VanWart & Son in Phoenix Square, opposite City Hall. He was a modest man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, reading and listening to his music collection. Jack served as the Treasurer of St. Paul’s United Church for 26 years, counting the collection every Sunday and in later years, Secretary-Treasurer of the Carleton & York Regiment reunions.
He enjoyed researching his United Empire Loyalist ancestry, visiting graveyards in New Brunswick and New England. He shared a passion for jogging with his wife Anna, participated in numerous Labatt 24 Hour Relays and spent most noon hours jogging at the YMCA. He enjoyed the family camp on McLaren’s Beach in Saint John where he enjoyed growing a large garden every year.
Jack’s family would like to thank their sister, Janice for taking such good care of Jack and Anna over the years as well as the staff of Orchard View, who have become like family, for their loving care and kindness.
Visitation will be held at McAdam’s Funeral Home on Friday, February 12th, 2016 from 12 to 1 pm, followed by a memorial service at 1:00 pm in the J.A. McAdam Memorial Chapel. Rev. Richard Bowley will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date in the Fredericton Rural Cemetery.
For those who wish, donations in memory of Jack made to the Orchard View Foundation would be appreciated by the family. www.mcadamsfh.com