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INK, Jack Stewart “John”

March 15, 1934 – New Liskeard, Ontario
January 28, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and husband Jack Stewart Ink (“John”) on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the age of 84 years.

From 1957 to 1960, John served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Cold War as a F-86 Sabre jet fighter pilot of the 1 Air Division 421 (F) Sqn. Serving in the Canadian Air Force was one of his greatest achievements and one which fostered his deep sense of pride in serving his country he loved so much. Dad was forever musing about the latest in Canadian politics and always made his right wing views known to anyone who would listen (sometimes to the chagrin of those around him!). Post military service, John followed his other passion, an engineering career, largely focused in prestressed concrete and bridge design. He would encourage his girls to cheer when they drove over a concrete bridge and “boo” when they drove over a bridge made of any other material. As a testament to his expertise, John was recognized as the “Construction Person of the Year” by the Calgary Construction Association in 2004. His love of country and all things aviation-related inspired him to be amongst the founders of the Air Force Museum of Alberta in Currie Barracks where his name is proudly displayed in the front entrance. John was an active member of the RMC Ex-Cadet club of Calgary, having graduated from the Royal Military College in 1956 (college number 3626). John was also a member of the downtown Rotary Club of Calgary and always took every available opportunity to volunteer his time. For many Christmas seasons until his health wouldn’t allow, Dad donned a red Santa Hat and volunteered with the Salvation Army manning a kettle. John was an active member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church and we are grateful to everyone at St. Peters for their loving support. Forever a pilot at heart, John built and flew hundreds of model airplanes over the years. We will forever remember afternoons spent at the flying field assisting Dad and wiping down his planes. Dad could often be found in a bar or officer’s mess for beer call with former flying buddies, regaling each other with war stories and enjoying a pint or two.

John is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Joan (nee Fuller); his daughters, Carolyn (Evan Korchinski) and Andria (Chris Haines); his two beautiful grandchildren, Grace Elizabeth and Jack Marshall, and his sisters Patricia and Helen, two brothers-in-law, a niece and four nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 – 75th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Cold War Hangar of the Military Museum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Military Museums Foundation, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW Calgary, AB, T2T 5J4, Telephone (403) 410-2340, themilitarymuseums.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

Thank you to the kindness of strangers who helped John during his times of struggle. Over the past years, there was many a good Samaritan who would pick him up and drive him home after seeing him struggle on his daily walk. John will be missed by the friendly and helpful staff at the Oakridge A&W, Oakridge Calgary Co-op, and Nellie’s on 90th Ave.

We wish to thank the staff at South Health Campus for the wonderful care you gave John. We also want to give our heartfelt thanks to all of his many friends who supported him with rides, meals and companionship throughout the sunset of his amazing and very full life.

Fly away in peace dear husband and father – we will miss you so.

“Up, up the long delirious burning blue

I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle, flew;

and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

the high untrespassed sanctity of space,

put out my hand and touched the face of God.””

– High Flight, John Gillespie Magee Jr., RCAF, 1941

In living memory of John Ink, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Donald M. Norrie :

    Although we were stationed at 2 (F) Wing during the same period, I never met John until we came together as board members during the construction of the Air Force Museum. It was during this period that I gained a tremendous respect for John as a true intellectual. His family can be justifiably proud of his contributions in the building of our RCAF Museum. I sent this pic to John years ago and he was elated to get it because he did his jet solo in this T-33 at 2 (F) Wing. My sincere condolences to John’s family. He will be missed by many. Don

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  2. Our sincere condolences to John’s family, We are so very
    sorry for your loss. Ann,and Gordon Thomas

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  3. Dear Joan and family
    Our sincere condolences to you. My wife, June, and I enjoyed our friendship with John during our years together on 421 Squadron and at many squadron and SPAADS reunions over the years. I expect that John would have had a copy of this PR photo that was taken prior to a NATQ flypast on some long forgotten occasion; but I am sending it along in case you haven’t seen it. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    June and John Wilkie

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  4. John Roger Fowler :

    John was vice-president of Con-Force Structures, the largest precast, prestressed concrete manufacturer in Canada – headquartered in Calgary.
    John was very active in the Canadian Precast/Prestessed Concrete Institute (CPCI) and served as its President (now Chair) in 1979.
    CPCI published a major design manual in 1982 that was updated in 1987. These manuals contained the latest technology for the design, manufacturing, construction and application of precast concrete in Canada -in conformance with Canadian building codes. John Ink served actively and very successfully as the committee chair to lead and drive the development of both these inportant industry documents.
    John was a very good friend and mentor to me during our time in the industry together. His energy and drive inspired me. His good humour was always appreciated. He is sorely missed. Our sincere good wishes are extended to Joan and the rest of his family.
    Sincerely,
    John R. Fowler, Past President, CPCI

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  5. Much saddened with the passing of 421 squadron friend with whom we spent many an hour righting the world’s problems for it. Comparing our gunnery scores while in Sardinia was a source of much pleasure back in the days when these things mattered.

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  6. Paul & Sheila Argue :

    Dear Joan and Family,

    Sheila and I will sorely miss John but we have so many memories of the good times we had over these many years since John and we first met at RCAF Station Claresholm.
    The years at RMC where he got his nickname (“Scripto”) and where he excelled as a budding Civil Engineer; was the start of a remarkable career and a wide friendship with his fellow classmates. Flight training in the West each summer was a hi light for all of us from the colleges; also giving John the opportunity to enlighten his Eastern pilot confreres on the exceptional beauty of Western Canada. Also, he was almost successful during these summers in educating the unwashed (non engineers) on the advantages of prestressed concrete. On graduation he was posted to Jet Fighters and was very proud of being part of the RCAF’s contribution to Cold War peace – flying the F 86 Sabre in Europe in the 1950s.
    Over the following years we met regularly at class reunions and whenever we were posted to John and Joan’s Western habitat which they love.
    John we will remember you. God bless you and your family.

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  7. I met John for the first and only time on a ‘going down’ elevator in the Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour Hotel when the SPAADS Reunion was in residence there in 2014. He must have recognized me as one of the organizers. I shall not forget the verbal critique of our organizational abilities which ensued! Always polite, but never far from the target- thus we parted, amicably at ground floor.
    I have often thought that had we served together on 421 Squadron, I would have enjoyed the experience of knowing John for a much longer time.
    My condolences to all the Ink family.

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  8. John was a great friend when we lived in Regina, a great travelling companion on a trip to San Francisco and Las Vegas and back to SK and Usher at our wedding in 1964. We send our condolences and love to Joan and all the family.
    Jack & Sharon Barton

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  9. Brian and Kathy Keple :

    Kathy and I are so sorry to lose John but are grateful for his friendship over the years and the contact with our Godchild Carolyn. We enjoyed our luncheon visits .with John on our yearly visits to Regina and times in that past where we visited in your home even with the decline we could see in his health.
    Sincere condolences on his passing. to Joan, Carolyn and Andrea
    Love Kathy and Brian Keple

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  10. Joan and family,
    My sincere condolences to you and your family, Joan.Its been a long time since Ive seen you but I remember well the good times we used to have.Treasure the good memories and hold them close to your heart !

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  11. Barrie & Edie Cubbon :

    Many happy times in Regina. A story teller par excellence. Beer and oysters on Friday nights, The giant lobster-fest at the campground, Just two of many memorable events. John was a great friend. We’ll miss him. We haven’t met face to face in recent years but we kept in touch. It seems appropriate the last time we met was for lunch at the Big Rock Brewery. Our condolences to you, Joan, and your families. A really good man has passed Edie & Barrie Cubbon

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  12. Lana whitmore :

    Dear Joan and Family –
    I have been privileged to know John since about 1962 – he has had a special place in my heart throughout the years. Although we have not been physically in the same place for the past years, I have thought of him often, and remembered the good times in regina and calgary.
    My condolences to you Joan, and your girls. With Love.

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  13. Dear Joan:
    I was saddened to learn of John’s recent passing. I have not seen you or John for many years, so all of my memories of him are good ones.
    I first met John in Regina through Jaycees where he was instrumental in helping me connect with the local construction industry as I opened a new branch office for Earthworm Ltd. We subsequently enjoyed a long social relationship and business relationship as colleagues in the Genstar organization.
    John and I shared a love for flying and, although I never piloted a jet plane, I always enjoyed John’s stories of his time serving with the Canadian Airforce in Europe.
    Among his other talents, John was a great student of history and an extraordinary raconteur. I will always remember him leaning against a large stone fireplace, with drink in hand, reciting The Cremation of Sam McGee.
    Joan, please accept my sincere condolences for you and your family.
    Ron Kruger

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  14. Ronald G Hudson :

    Words of condolence do little to lessen the pain you feel, but my thoughts go out to Joan and her two lovely daughters whom we have had the pleasure to meet at Sabre pilot’s reunions. John was so proud.

    John and I first met in May 1958 when I joined 421 (F) Squadron in France. John was already a seasoned Sabre pilot, but more than that, he had been to RMC and was thought of by us as a erudite and cleaver scholar. He was given the nick name “Scripto” because of his drawing skills. He also recited from memory, ” The Cremation of Sam McGee” and other works by Robert Service, a poet he loved.

    A few years ago at a post – Sabre Reunion gathering of squadron members in Cochrane Albeta, John again recited Service’s poem, apologizing for having to refer from time to time,to a book of poetry. We were amazed that he remembered any of it and listened in rapt attention as in the days long past.

    Squadron friends come and go, but none quite like our John who we admired, respected and tried in some small way to emulate. He was the squadron scholar and gentleman. Unlike some of us, when John spoke, we listened. That is, perhaps, a true indication of the man we loved.

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  15. We are very saddened by the loss of John. I met John over 20 years ago through his daughter, and my dear friend Carolyn. John always took the time to stop and chat with something interesting to share. He was a kind and wonderful man who loved his family and lived his life to the fullest. I would often see him walking or at the market – there always a warm, friendly hello from John. We will miss him dearly. Our deepest condolences to the Ink Family. Dave and Debbie Chene

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  16. Norman and Angela Lussier :

    We have been neighbours of John and Joan for many years . We would often chat with John as he passed by our house on his way to the strip mall, or would chat with him as he sat in the sun reading on his driveway. He was always full of spirit and opinion and a wonderful man with whom to be acquainted. We send our heartfelt condolences to Joan and the family. We will miss him too.

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  17. Working with John for a number of years at CWD Windows and Doors, was one of the most special times in my working career with the Company. John genuinely cared about all of us and about our individual successes. So much so, that our many CWD Branch locations, voted together one year and proudly presented John with the prestigious Sales Manager’s Award, as the person from our head office address who best supported us throughout the year. He made us even more proud of our choice, when he openly shed tears of thanks.

    John and I worked together and we loved to golf together. It was always a total hoot when we got together, but never was the time wasted. He would always find a way to talk business and yes, most always there was a ‘concrete’ solution to everything.

    John liked his golf sandals and he loved his Lady Precept golf balls. He even convinced me, with an engineering explanation, why Lady Precept was the only ball a man should use if he was to truly become a good golfer.

    John always talked passionately about family and about supporting family. He was real and he was honest. He was that person, who had such a common name as ‘John’ and yet, would always be recognizable as the one and the only, John Ink, when the conversation leaned a certain way, such as water envelope expertise and meeting code.

    John was loved by all who knew him. We are so very sorry for your loss.

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  18. Joan and family;
    We are sad to learn of John’s passing. Our sympathies and condolences go out to you and your loved ones.
    We recall John’s enthusiastic and descriptive story-telling (flying F-86 Sabres when oversees with the RCAF)….often with a single malt in one hand and a “cig” in the other. His stories were not limited to flying, however. Saturday morning golf with those of us in Regina Jaycees who professed to play the game, provided us with opportunities to learn more of his interests and involvement in structural engineering, corrective golf strategies (with much time in the rough) and at times, politics. Those golf games were enjoyed by us all!
    Later in Calgary, his enthusiasm and energies lead to his involvement with, and promotion of, the Calgary Construction Association and the construction industry. His retirement didn’t slow him down, as he continued to support organizations and endeavours that challenged and interested him.
    Thanks for the good times, John.
    You are already missed by all who knew you.

    Cecilia and Dave Illsey

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  19. Adele & Peter McKeen :

    We were sorry to hear of John’s passing. Unfortunately, we will be out of Calgary so unable to attend his funeral. Regards, Adele and Peter

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  20. Sandy Strand and Peter Fischer :

    Dear Joan, Carolyn, Andria and families
    Peter and I feel fortunate that we had the chance to spend even a short time getting to know John. He was such an interesting and engaging man and seemed to know everything about everything. We personally were privy to several examples – the impressive speed with which he assembled Carolyn’s new Dyson (which totally eluded us) and his intricate knowledge of every aircraft ever built. He was always delighted to share his opinion on any topic – politics being his favorite. Those conversations would get quite lively – we just wish we could have heard more of them. How lucky you are to have had him as a husband and a father.

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  21. Silvana Chiasson :

    Carolyn & family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May all the great memories of your Dad bring you comfort. Silvana

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  22. Dear Joan, Carolyn and Andria .Tamasine told our family about your loss I am so sorry to hear about ” Mr Ink” (John)as we called him out of respect as children. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ink family at this difficult time. My family have many fond memories of him. As far as my memory can take me he was a loving family man, father and husband. And good a friend ( and Joan)with my parents . My sisters and I were invited after church for Sunday brunch with his family.And his love for remote airplanes were fascinating to see as a child. Sending my condolences and love. Chloe Davies

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  23. We are so very sorry for the loss of your father Carolyn, Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ink family. Sending our condolences and love, Ann/Gordon Thomas

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  24. Gary and Chris Elliott :

    Joan and Family;
    I was so sorry to learn of John’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with
    John later in his career. His wealth of knowledge in manufacturing coupled with
    his genuine and unique personality made him a company favorite. I have many, many fond memories including several on a Japanese tour where he regularly disappeared from ‘site’ while checking out some amazing building architecture. Long rides and long laughs on the bullet trains. He was an amazing travelling companion! My deepest condolences Joan to you and your family. John will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

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  25. Mike & Sonya Staveley :

    I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was truly a gentleman and a wonderful friend in the Stampede Radio Control Model Club of which he was a founder member. He will be greatly missed by many. Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Michael Staveley

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  26. Glenn MacDonald :

    Dear Joan,

    I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family.
    There is no way to lessen the sorrow of losing someone so precious to you and all those who knew John well.
    May you take some comfort in knowing that others care very much and are thinking and praying for you at this very sad time.
    I will certainly cherish many enjoyable memories organizing and attending military related events with John.
    May this Irish Blessing for John be of some comfort as you grieve today and in the future …
    “MAY THE ROAD RISE UP TO MEET YOU. MAY THE WIND ALWAYS BE AT YOUR BACK. MAY THE SUN SHINE WARM UPON YOUR FACE … AND THE RAINS FALL SOFT UPON YOUR FIELDS … AND UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN … MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND”.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you,
    Glenn MacDonald

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  27. I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of my Godfather, Uncle John. Though I hadn’t seen him in many years, I loved him very much. My deepest condolences to your family.
    Kathy Keple

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