John CHISHOLM

CHISHOLM John Burns Burns was born on the family homestead at Sedalia, AB on January 8, 1923 and passed away on December 20, 2007 at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital with his family by his side. Burns leaves his wife Fay, son Randy (Cheryl), daughter Cheryl Rudko (Art) grandchildren Rory (Holly) Ryan, Kari (Mike) and step grandchildren Aubree (Steve) Harrison & Cassandra; Nathan (Shandelle) Nolan and Keira; brother Merritt (Bennie) and sisters Ruthie (Denis) Lorna (Stu). Burns was predeceased by his infant grandson Brett. Burns grew up in Red Deer AB and served in the RCNVR during WWII. Following his discharge, he established the first bus service in Red Deer. Burns and Fay were married in l947 and moved from Alberta to Brandon, MB in 1954. In 1963 the family moved to Virden, MB where he was the owner/ operator of a General Motors Dealership. As a member of the Virden community he served on town council as well as being a member of many community groups. Burns never just belonged; he always took an active role and was on the executive of many organizations over the years. Burns and Fay retired to the Saanich Peninsula in 1986. Burns belonged to the Glen Meadows Golf Club, the ART APP organization (retired Naval engine room artificers), the Clan Chisholm Society and was a member of the Brentwood Bay Probus Club. He enjoyed playing bridge and loved music, which was evidenced by the years spent with the Victoria Village Squires. He gave generously of his time to all, whether it was teaching his grandsons the finer points of driving and pool, showing his granddaughter the treasures on the beach or helping at the many social functions at Country Park Village. Some highlights of the past few years included going to Inverness, Scotland with his family to attend the Clan Chisholm gathering in 2006 and in May, 2007, the celebration of his & Fay's 60th wedding anniversary. A Celebration of Burns' life will be held Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. St. Stephen's Memorial Church Hall, 7921 St. Stephen’s Rd, Saanichton, BC (off Mt Newton X Rd). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Burns to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation – Palliative Care Unit, 2166 Mount Newton X Road, Saanichton BC, V8M 2B2.


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