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John Lightheart

May 1, 1954 - May 25, 2011


Mr. John William Lightheart , late of Abbotsford, BC passed away on May 25, 2011 at the age of 57 years.
John leaves to mourn his wife Myra, step-children Andrea Munro (Jason) and Derek Schween (Jaime) and three grandchildren, London, Davis, and Lauren; sisters Marlene Sterba (Lud)and thefamily, and Maureen Kormendy and her family; and birth mother Hazel Lundy and her sons. John will be deeply missed by his uncles, aunts, cousins and his many friends.
John was predeceased by his parents Mac and Lena Lightheart and his nephew Bryan Kormendy.
John grew up in Chilliwack, BC and graduated from high school in 1972. Music has always been a big part of John’s life: during school years he played the clarinet and the accordion and at the age of 16 joined a popular local band. The Commancheros. John was a great tennis player and he graduated with a BA from UBC debt free because of his earnings as tennis instructor and the keyboard player in the band.
John worked as a Correctional Officer for 25 years at Mission Institution and was passionate about investing in the inmates. John loved to hear people’s stories and to help them with their challenges. Another passion was business – a self-described incurable entrepreneur, John was curious to find new ways to present old products.
June 5, 1999 John did something he thought he would never do – he got married! John and Myra loved to explore Vancouver and area in search of interesting restaurants, to hike for countless miles, and to spend time with family and friends. As John’s health declined and he could no longer do those things he loved, he found great pleasure in just being with people.
You are welcome to join us for a memorial service on Wednesday, June 1 at 1:00 pm at Bradner Community Hall, 5305 Bradner Road, Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation towards a memorial park bench for John at Mill Lake. Contributions may be made at CIBC, South Fraser Way & Clearbrook Road, Branch, Abbotsford.


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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Len Howe
Relation: Family

I don’t think I ever met John but want to send my condolences to Maureen and her family. God bless.

From: surge
Relation: worked with John

Met John when we were very young, 21. Worked with John as my partner in Corrections. He was my job share partner. A program that John implemented. He was always fun to chat with and had lots of laughs. he always had a calming effect on those whom he met. Will be missed

From: Jason Melnick
Relation: Worked with John in the past

I was fortunate to have worked with John and send my sincere condolences to all his family and friends. He was a very kind man who will be missed.

From: Diane Janzen
Relation: I knew Myra

Dearest Myra…Oh, how saddened I was to read of John’s passing. The hole that leaves in your heart…I am so sorry. I am so glad you had those 12 years together. I remember as you were preparing for your wedding day…exhausted trying to get the house “just right”. I am so glad you had each other for these years. It was a healing and rebuilding time for you. I love you, Myra.
Diane Janzen

From: Gillian Reinke
Relation: Business at Sevenoaks

John was our ATM provider at Sevenoaks Shopping Centre for many years. He was so well liked and respected by the Managemet and staff at Sevenoaks. I enjoyed our many chats about life, and found him to be a sincere and compassionate person. He will be dearly missed.
My heart goes out to his family.

From: Kaye Airth and Kathy Hansma
Relation: friends of Myra's

So sorry to hear of your loss, Myra. We could not make it to the memorial, but want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Margie & Dave Thaler
Relation: Friend of Myra

Dear Myra, Andrea, Derek and Families,
We are so sorry to hear of Johns passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and Blessings,
Margie & Dave Thaler

From: Ken Herar
Relation: Friend

I am very sad to hear of Johns passing. I am sorry I couldn’t make it to the service. He was a wonderful friend and a fantastic tennis coach. Actually, the fondest memory I have of him was when he watched my tennis match in Burnaby in 1994. Probably one of the best matches I played. I am glad he was there to witness it. We talked about it for years. I will miss John!

From: gloria Gerbrandt & Bernice Davis
Relation: friend of John's wife, Myra

Sorry to hear of John’s death. God bless you at this time of mourning.
We will keep you in our prayers.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
June 1, 2011
Beginning at 1:00pm

Bradner Community Hall
5305 Bradner Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

5305 Bradner Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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