John “Jack” CURRIE


1939 – 2014

John “Jack” Currie passed peacefully away on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at the age of 75, after a lengthy illness. Jack was born and lived in Talara, Peru until age eleven when he and his family moved back to Winnipeg, Manitoba where his father continued working for Imperial Oil. Jack joined the Canadian Navy as a teenager for five years in Victoria, doing his basic training in Halifax. Following his love for the sea, he continued to work in the ship yards of Vancouver as a Boiler Maker. It was at this time he bought the first of five English Cocker Spaniels (dogs) that he always had as a constant companion throughout his adult life. In 1972, Jack married the love of his life, Diana Bennett, from St. John’s Newfoundland; and later went on to raise two beautiful daughters, whom he cherished. In 1975, Jack graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and thus started a new career and life in Employee Relations. Following a brief stint with the Alberta Construction-Labour Relations Association, Jack became the Employee Relations Officer on the future Scotford refinery in Fort Saskatchewan. After the completion of this mega project, Jack and his family moved to Red Deer in 1985. At Michener Centre, Jack worked as an Employee Relations Consultant until his premature retirement in 2003 at the age of 63. Jack loved music, travel, sailing, camping, and had a passion for adventure; which is why he secretly took a week of motorcycle lessons and arrived home one day with his first ‘bike’. And so began a wonderful love of “Gold Wings”. But of Jack’s many passions, above all, he loved his wife and daughters. Left behind to mourn his loss are his wife Diana; daughters Jennifer Dennis (Derek), Gillian Currie (Peter Berridge); grandsons, Ryder Dennis and Lukas Berridge; his mother-in-law Peg Bennett and many nephews, nieces and close friends. He was pre-deceased by his mother and father, John and Francis Currie, and his sister Carol Bellingham. A private graveside service has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 6, 5015 – 48 Ave, Red Deer AB T4N 1S9 or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 710, 10123 – 99 St, Edmonton AB T5J 3H1. Condolences to Jack’s family may be emailed to


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