John PARRY

PARRY John (Jack) Albert January 19, 1920 – July 30, 2008 Born at Athabasca, Alberta in 1920, Jack passed away on July 30, 2008 in Sidney, British Columbia where he resided with his wife Olive. Jack graduated from the high school in Leduc, Alberta at the age of 14. After employment in retail, Jack, with his wife Ellen, purchased a grocery store in Rimbey. He bought the Rimbey Record in 1958 and also published The Eckville Examiner and the Sylvan Lake News, retiring in 1986. During his 32 years in the newspaper business, Jack was very active on the boards for the Alberta Newspapers Association, the Western Regional Newspapers, and the Canadian Weekly Newspapers Association. He served as President of the AWNA (1960-61) and the CWNA (1971-72). Involved in setting up the journalism course at SAIT, Calgary, he sat on the advisory committee for a number of years. Jack's newspapers received many awards over the years. The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association recognized him with the Bill Draayer Award for outstanding contribution to the progress and development of the Association. Jack was active in many community organizations in Rimbey including the United Church, the Lions Club, the Chamber of Commerce, Town Council, the Rimbey Historical Society, and the volunteer fire department. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of Eastern Star. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Louisa, wife Ellen, daughter-in-law Erna, son Dale, and two brothers, Bob and Norman. Jack will be greatly missed by all. He is survived by his wife Olive, his daughters Joanne (Brian) Simpson, Oakville, Ontario and Diane (Rick) Assinger, Red Deer, Alberta, five grandchildren: Danielle Simpson; Suzanne (Scott) Simpson Millar, Tara (Chris) Yeo, Darrin (Tracey), and Ryan Parry, and three great-grandchildren. Jack is also survived by his sister Maureen (David) Ives, St. Albert, Alberta, and Olive's children: Lance (Diane) Kayll, Lee Kayll, Mary Kayll and Drew (Denise) Kayll, six grandchildren: Alysha and Karly, Christa and Amber, Angela and Darren, and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, August 6 at Cordova Bay United Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Bus Fund at the Rest Haven Lodge in Sidney would be appreciated.


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