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September 17, 1943 – March 2, 2013

John Gradon beloved husband of Doreen Gradon of Vernon, BC, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the age of 69 years.

John was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England on September 17, 1943. At the age of three, he moved to Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, and attended Cumnock Academy. He spent his youth playing cricket, rugby, football and golf – passions he carried his entire life.

A newspaperman from the start, John was just sixteen when he earned his first byline in the Kilmarnock Standard. Since then, John’s journalism career as writer, columnist and editor spanned nearly five decades and many newspapers, including the Glasgow Evening Citizen, Sunday Express, Daily Mail, King and Hutchens Group Berkshire, Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald. His love of telling stories took him around the world, including Uganda, Colombia and Bosnia, and to all corners of Canada. In Calgary newsrooms, John also became a mentor to many aspiring journalists, or “good little workers.”

John proposed to his wife, Doreen Gradon (Jones) on their fifth date. They were married April 24, 1971 in Glasgow, and had forty-two loving years together. A devoted family man, John shared his passion for storytelling with his son Stuart, a newspaper photojournalist. He loved nothing more than spending time with his granddaughter, Raina, whom he called a brilliant light in his life.

In 2005, John and his wife retired to their dream home overlooking Lake Okanagan, where he spent many hours golfing and following every move his beloved Newcastle United Football Club made.

John is survived by his wife Doreen; son Stuart; granddaughter Raina Gradon-Jones; sister Ann Buchan; daughter-in-law to be Jamie Komarnicki;  brother-in-law Alan Jones; and aunt Joan Young. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Elizabeth and Frank Gradon.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to the Cardiology Fund, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2 Telephone: (250) 862-4438, John’s family wishes to thank neighbours Kent and Kim and staff at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital for all their kind efforts.

In living memory of John Gradon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.


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  1. Deb Tetley (Good Little Worker) :

    Thank you for your guidance, support and superior storytelling. I will cherish the memories. Happy trails.

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  2. Kerry Diotte :

    John taught me a whole lot about the craft of journalism when we worked together at The Calgary Sun.

    My condolences to you for the loss of a great guy.

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  3. John was a great friend and colleague when we work together at the Calgary Sun, he kept the newsroom sane.
    My condolences to your family.

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  4. Hugs from Ann, Steve and Iain Jones

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  5. Dear Doreen, our thoughts are with you and Stuart today. We’ll miss John’s voice on the phone (as well as his voice standing over a golf ball, when he could not only address the ball but also himself and the golf club.) We have been looking at the photos of our adventures in Scotland together, remembering great times and John’s hilarious stories of his days covering the criminals of Glasgow. We’re sorry we can’t be in Calgary for the service, but hope to get together with you in BC this spring.
    Love from Elaine and Gary

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  6. Art Vanderwiel :

    It is with profound sadness that I learned of John’s passing. I lost contact with him when he moved to B.C. During my career as police officer with the CPS I found John to be a most honourable man, compassionate and trustworthy. As a reporter and journalist he was one of the finest. Please accept my deepest concolences.
    Art Vanderwiel

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  7. Jonathan Gradon :

    Dear Doreen and Stuart, I have so many happy memories of my time in Canada in 1986/87. Most significant of these is the rememberance of your’s and John’s welcome in June. I was a nervous twenty year old student, away from home in England for nine months by then, feeling so reassured that there was a branch of the family nearby I could call on. I fondly recall our trip to the Black Diamond Rodeo as but one sign of your generous kindness which was so typical of you all and of how much you’ve become an integral part of a friendly local community. The warmth of the tributes paid to John reflect the enjoyment to be had from his company and will, I hope, go some small way toward assuaging your grievous loss. I will be with you in spirit at 2pm today and often afterwards.
    With much love, Jonathan

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  8. Joe Hvilivitzky, Niagara Falls :

    I left the Herald and Calgary in 2001, yet I’ve seen Johnnie G nearly every morning – gazing at me with that wry grin from his photo byline above the generous piece he wrote for the going-away front page that hangs in my bedroom. It was with shock and profound sadness that I learned of his passing. He was a colleague and friend at both the Sun and Herald. John had contacts other reporters could only dream of, he had the journalistic skills and the humanity to write stories that touched readers, and he had that greatest of treasures — respect. My deepest sympathies to Doreen and family. May God take your soul to a place of peace, old friend.

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