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Wittenberg, John

August 15, 1924 - July 22, 2018



Born August 15, 1924 in Altonau, Ukraine, passed away  July 22, 2018 in Abbotsford.

He leaves behind his daughter Ruth (Paul Jarman), son David (Terri), daughter Judy (Neil Schafer); grandchildren Matt ((Michelle), Sarah (Misha), Kimberley (Tyler) and Brad (Emily); as well as great grandchildren Gabriel, Seamus, Sloane, Lily, Clara and Darius.  Our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Maplewood House, where John spent his last days, for their compassion and their care.  A celebration of John’s life will be held Tuesday, July 31 at 1:30 p.m. at Bakerview MB Church, 2285 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford.


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From: Judith Cochrane (Penner)
Relation: Our families attended the same church and I was a student of his at Abbotsford Secondary School.

My condolences on the loss of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather. John was a wonderful, outgoing man, full of personality and his influence was probably larger than he knew. It is sad to know that he is no longer with us but our lives are richer for having known him.

From: Darilynn Butler
Relation: He was my favourite English teacher EVER and inspired me to take English Lit at UBC.

My condolences to your family on the passing of your father and grandfather. We called him Mr. Littenberg in our English Lit 12 class and he inspired many of us to enjoy the classics. Last time I saw him was at MCC; he was volunteering there and I was impressed he remembered who I was. I have not seen him in many year but he was a wonderful human being. #chalkspots

From: Sylvia Wallace
Relation: Neice

Dear Ruth, Dave & Judy & families,
My deepest condolences on the death of your Dad & Grandpa.
I will miss him too, as he would call me & catch up on the news of my family. He was always interested in people. He definitely brightened his corner if the world, and made it a better place.
Take care,
With love and prayers,

From: Alan & Patti Hougen

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by all his family and his community. We were privileged to have him as a friend for many years, as a teacher of our children, share his love of music and work with him on the board of the Maplewood Society. Our hearts are saddened on his passing.

From: Kirsten Hougen

How sad to hear of Mr Wittenberg’s passing and heartfelt condolences to his family. He was an inspirational educator who gave superb guidance and insight to his students. He was an amazing English teacher and his influence continues to this day.

From: Steve Wilding
Relation: Student at Abbotsford Senior 1977

Mr Wittenberg was without a doubt the most impactful teacher I had. He taught me more in one year of English 12 than all my other years combined. God bless you Mr Wittenberg

From: Carla Barrett
Relation: Grade 10/11 Student

Mr. Wittenberg was my most memorable teacher in high school. He produced in me a deep admiration for the English language and guided his teaching to ensure his knowledge was deeply seeded in those he taught. Truly an amazing teacher and a great man of out time. Rest peacefully Mr. Wittenberg. The world is better place having had you here to guide young minds.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
July 31, 2018
Beginning at 1:30pm

Bakerview MB Church
2285 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

2285 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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