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John Garcia

December 29, 1945 - September 26, 2013

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On Thursday September 26th, long time Osoyoos resident John Manuel Garcia passed away at the age of 67, at Mariposa Gardens following a long battle with dementia.

He was predeceased by his parents Manuel and Maria Ester of Penticton.

He will be lovingly remembered by his family including Laura, his devoted wife of forty-six years; son David (Joanne) and children Reece and Ricky; daughter Lori (Brad) Forster and children  Graydon and Macey; brothers Joe, niece Stephanie, and Frank (Grace), nieces Kathleen and Sandra as well as many extended family and friends.

John was born Dec 29 1945 in Terceira, Azores.  The Garcia family emigrated to Canada in 1959, and settled in Penticton. John moved to Osoyoos in 1967 and married Laura and together they operated “Garcia`s Texaco and Fruit market “ for many years. Following that his careers varied from being an orchardist, an Okanagan Similkameen Packing house Field man to hosting the Call of Portugal radio program.

John was a founding member of the Osoyoos Portuguese Cultural Society and Portuguese Folk Dancers. He was also a dedicated member of St. Anne’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.

In the 60s and 70s,  John assisted many new Portuguese people with matters of immigration and

translation as well as to MC at many weddings , dances and other events.

As a well respected member of the community, John received a 19 year award of service as a

director of the Osoyoos Credit Union. Over the years he enjoyed shortwave/ham radio broadcasting as well as his aviary and pets.

A heartfelt thanks to all our family and friends for their support during John`s illness, in particular the staff at Mariposa Gardens, Dr. Calder and special thank you to Tia Merces Vieira for her dedication to John’s care.

Prayers will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday October 1st, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Dave De Souza at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, donations gratefully accepted to the Alzheimer Society of B.C or the S.P.C.A.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

 

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Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Liz Cancela
Relation: Friend of family

Laura and family, heart goes out to you all!
John was an amazing man and he will be missed by anyone who knew him. It was a privelage to have him in my life, I’ll always remember him! My fondest memory was when my Mom would stop everything to go sit and crochet to Johns radio program (I’d even catch her dancing sometimes).
Your love and devotion to John was a blessing and I know he loved & appreciated you for it!!!
God Bless the whole family! All my love, Liz

From: Anita Bazley
Relation: Co-Worker

To the Garcia Family,
I was very sadden to hear of Johns passing. I worked with John at OSC Oliver and enjoyed his sense of humor and his passion in the work he did. John grew the best nectarines in the valley. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Anita Bazley

From: Kathy Morley Hackmyer
Relation: Worked with John at OSC Oliver

To John’s family & friends I send my deepest condolences. I adored John… he was the kindest, sweetest & nicest of men. It was an honour & privilege to work along side him. I have so many wonderful & happy memories of John. And my heart, thoughts & prayers go out to all of you. I will always treasure our working days together. God bless John & all of you. Deepest of sympathies, Kathy.

From: Sandra Smith
Relation: co-worker

John was a hard worker who served his community and the fruit growers well. He was a pleasure to work with. Life isn’t fair when such a fine man is stricken with debilitating illness. Condolences to Laura and family.

From: Trudy and Gary Hoffman
Relation: Friends of family

Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Wishing you peace and comfort .

From: Chantelle gattrell
Relation: Family

Laura and family sorry about the loss of John I often think of him time to time. He was great with the kids. he will be missed
Love chantelle Sheldon and sophia

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 2, 2013
Beginning at 10:30am

Location:
St. Anne''s Catholic Church
7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A funeral mass will be celebrated by Fr. Dave De Souza at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday October 2nd, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. Interment and committal will follow at the Osoyoos Lakeview Cemetery.

7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

 

Date & Time:
October 1, 2013
Beginning at 7:00pm

Location:
St. Anne''s Catholic Church
7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

Prayers will be recited at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday October 1st, 2013 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.

7610 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

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Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
the Alzheimer Society of B.C or the S.P.C.A.

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