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"LYW" 2007 Obituary


LYWOOD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-08 published
LEFEBURE, John Victor
Jock, our beloved patriarch, died peacefully at home on November 28, 2007 at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his wife Barbara and his sister Jill JANSEN of the United Kingdom. He is survived by his children: David (Nan EDMISON,) Jon (Marlene HAYES,) Todd (Susan HARRISON) and Deborah (Rob KURLUK;) his grandchildren: Sarah (David WARRINER,) John (Gillian BISHOP,) Michael, Julia, Sean, Claire, Will, Emma and Hayden; step grandchildren Justin and Andrea; and his sister Judith LYWOOD of Bath, United Kingdom. Jock was born in the Golders Green area of London on November 18, 1921. He graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Civil Engineering during World War 2, and immediately joined the Royal Air Force. In between flying Wellingtons, he was smitten with Barbara 'Bill' WHATLEY and married her on October 12, 1946. Jock and Bill set out to start a new life in Canada in 1948. He worked as an engineer with Alcan in Kingston and Montreal, and then moved to Stelco in Hamilton, where he worked in Sales Engineering until his retirement. Jock and Bill enjoyed retirement years both in Ontario and then in Victoria, British Columbia until her death in 1997. Jock then started a new chapter in his life, turning his energies to community service. He arranged for thousands of used tennis balls to be shipped to poor children abroad. While dealing with loss of eyesight, he became an innovator, champion and spokesperson for people with low vision. He lived life fully to the end, with the help of his dear friend Barbara Riggs and his family. We will all miss his zest for life, sense of adventure and endless curiosity. The times spent at the cottage on Lake of Bays, at the house on Sanibel Island and more recently at the cottage on Salt Spring Island will stand out in memory, as will images of Jock the master sailor and woodworker. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or a charity of your choice. A Celebration of Jock's Life will be held for family and Friends on Saturday, December 29 at the First Memorial Chapel at 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at Jock's home. Condolences may be sent to

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