John Louis SAWYER


1924 – 2012

John Louis Sawyer passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Monday, August 13, 2012, following a brief battle with cancer, at the age of 88 years. A lifelong resident of the Pine Lake area, he took over the homestead originally settled by his family in 1903 and continued to play an active role in the farming and ranching operations there until his illness. He was an active and much loved and respected member of the community throughout his life. His varied interests gave numerous people the opportunity to experience his generosity, compassion, and not least, his sense of humor, firsthand, at venues including horse-drawn wagon treks, antique machinery exhibitions, the 40 plus club, as well as the Alberta Senior games. His sense of adventure and family also led to trips to a variety of locations, such as Florida, Alaska and Hawaii in recent years, in the company of his wife, children and grand-children. John was predeceased by his parents and brother, Francis, but is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ella (nee Clutton); son, Doug (Carole) of Pine Lake and their children, Braden and Brittany; daughter, Beverly (Dwayne) of Calgary and their sons, Chase, Colton and Emitt. He is further survived by brother, Don (Hazel) of Edmonton; and sister, Edith of Innisfail; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and will live on in the hearts and minds of those whose lives he touched. The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and nurses of Red Deer Hospital, unit 32 and 33 for their care, as well as to the family members and friends for all their support in Johnny’s final weeks. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Pine Lake Hub Community Centre, #20, 36366, Range Road 252, on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. A private family interment will take place at the Pine Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, #101, 6751 – 52 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4K8.

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