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"IMH" 2007 Obituary


IMHOFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-05 published
CREERY, Leslie John
With sorrow, we announce the death of L. John CREERY, husband, father, grandfather, friend. Born in Vancouver on August 14, 1926 to Marion KER and Leslie CREERY, John died on December 3, 2007, in his 82nd year, after a long courageous war with cancer. John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Gretchen Keirstead CREERY, his four sons, John Michael (Anne RISTIC,) Jamie (Carole IMHOFF), Adam (Laurie) and Anthony (Laura AITKEN), his step-daughter, Melissa MOSELEY, his sister, Eleanor ROBINSON, his 10 grandchildren and many cousins, nieces and nephews, and was predeceased by his daughter, Sarah Ann, and his brother, Andrew. His Friends and clients are too numerous to imagine, much less tally. Horses, newspapers and theatre were among John's early interests but he turned to law as a young man, as it was a responsible thing to do. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia in 1951, John headed to the Department of Justice in Ottawa, for a brief stint as a legislative draftsman. Thereafter, John practiced law in Vancouver virtually to the end of his life. John was as interested in his clients themselves, and their businesses, as he was in their legal affairs and worked tirelessly on every idea, venture and project that came his way. For John, the journey was every bit as compelling as the destination. John practiced extensively in the entertainment, cruise and natural resources businesses as varied a legal practice as were his interests in life. John was enthralled by people, by car collecting, by gardening, and by trains big and small. John had, to the end, an active and inquiring mind and was fascinated by life, and by the physical and spiritual world in which he lived. John was old-fashioned in the most admirable sense of the phrase and embodied respect, civility and good manners; he loved his Friends. To the end, John was a very spiritual man. A memorial service marking John's life will be held at 12 o'clock p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Saint Mary's Anglican Church in Kerrisdale. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the British Columbia Cancer Foundation or the Huntington Society of Canada, British Columbia Chapter, would be appreciated.

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