It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, brother, and friend, John (Jack) Francis Dennis McIvor. He was born January 18, 1938 in Lethbridge, Alberta and was the second oldest and the only brother of seven. His family then moved to Sundre, Alberta, where he spent his boyhood being happy and active with fishing, hunting and helping out the family. His mother was a school teacher and his father hand and horse logged in the area. They later relocated to Airdrie, Alberta, where he attended school and graduated.
As an adult, Jack worked for Shell Canada on the oil rigs. In 1968, he married the love of his life, Valerie Nickason and they settled into farming and raising their four children. Jack’s family then moved to Carstairs, Alberta and later, when inspired to try a new adventure, Jack moved to Castlegar, BC, with his wife and two youngest children. He worked for a number of years in the forestry sector, until finally retiring at 66 years of age. He enjoyed many past times such as working on vehicles, hiking, cross-country skiing, and spending time with his children – Shane McIvor, Leah Regent, Patrick McIvor, Mureena Roberts, Greg Roberts (son-in-law) and grandchildren – Travis Regent, Talon Regent, Rebecca Radvilla, Jordan Roberts, and Nathan Roberts.
He was healthy and active until the last few months of his life and passed away peacefully in his home, on February 3, 2016, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Thank you, Dr. Lisa Vasil, for all the care you gave him.
He has been cremated and a celebration of life will be held at a later date for close family and friends. We love him and miss him dearly.