July 11, 1941 – December 25, 2013
The Fish family announce the passing of Mr. John Alan Fish on December 25, 2013 in Calgary, AB.
John was born in Thunder Bay, ON on July 11, 1941, the youngest son of Melba and Horace Fish. He grew up in a family of five with two older brothers; Arthur and Edward Fish. As a family, they grew up with a sense of togetherness, and developed a love of what Northern Ontario has to offer; the outdoors, fishing, and enjoying summers at their cottage. John attended both Lakeview and Fort William Collegiate high schools. He continued his post secondary education at Lakehead Teachers College and Lakehead University.
John married Mary Anne (Exley) on December 27, 1965 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Thunder Bay, ON. Together they raised four children; two daughters (Christine and Lesley) and two sons (Jonathan and Matthew).
John became a much adored teacher for over thirty years in the Lakehead Board of Education and his teaching and coaching legacy continues to be discussed amongst his former students. He proved that great teaching is really about dedication in his classroom, and how important it was to value each person in it.
John raised his own children with the same values and commitment to family. He could be counted on to be up for either early morning hockey games, soccer practices, gymnastics or ski races. He enjoyed curling and family ski holidays. However, his most favourite passion was spending his summers in the cottage community of Amethyst Beach with his family and friends. In fact, on some days he could be seen taking over the boys’ paper routes.
John is survived by his wife Mary Anne and children Lesley Lukawy (Bill), Jonathan (Michelle) and Matthew (Emilie). He enjoyed living near his grandchildren Danica and Exley Fish after he and Mary Anne moved to Calgary in 2006. John was predeceased by his daughter Christine; his parents Melba and Horace Fish; his brothers Arthur and Edward Fish; and Mary Anne’s parents Mary and Doug Exley.
Cremation has taken place and interment will take place at a later date. A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.) on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. A celebration of life will be held in Thunder Bay, ON, in the summer (date TBD). Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers/gifts, donations can be made to The Children’s Wish Foundation at http://www.childrenswish.ca/en-ab/get_involved/donate
In living memory of John Fish, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences