JOHN (JACK) W. UNCLES
John (Jack) William Uncles passed away on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 in Calgary, AB. Dad was born June 11th, 1924 in Moose Jaw, SK. He was involved at an early age with helping at his father’s abattoir business, serving with navy cadets, and then he started working at the CPR at age 17. He joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1942. The HMCS Prince Robert took him from Esquimalt, BC, through the Panama Canal and into the North Atlantic for convoy duty. This was mainly between England, Scotland, Ireland, and Gibraltar, and later into various Mediterranean ports. Dad returned to the CPR after the war and retired as a locomotive engineer in 1984. He was actively involved with the business and social of his union BLF&E 521, the NDP, and contributed significant energy to acquiring and moving locomotive 2634 first to Crescent Park and then to the Western Development Museum site. He served on the WDM board for a number of years as well as in the MJ Legion colour party. Dad was an exceptional gardener and passed this love onto his children. He was also a skilled wood worker, home renovator, fisherman on Saskatchewan lakes (in both summer and winter), dog trainer, and a Roughriders fan. He was predeceased by the love of his life Gladys in 2015 (married 1951), and older siblings Joe (2009) and Vera (2016). Jack and Gladys moved to Calgary in 2011. Left to mourn are son John (Donna) of Calgary, AB; daughters Karen (Rick) Jackson of Calgary, AB and Leslie (David) Ell of Regina, SK; grandchildren Rebecca, Ito, Alison (Matt), David, Jeffrey, Jared, Meghan, Alyssa (Justin), and Jordan (Brittany); great grandchildren Abril and Evan; and other relatives and friends. By request, there will be no funeral service. Prayers will be said during the regular Sunday communion service on August 27th, 2017 at Moose Jaw’s St Barnabas Anglican Church where Jack and Gladys were baptized, confirmed, married, and attended for 80+ years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s name to the Western Development Museum Moose Jaw, 50 Diefenbaker Dr, Moose Jaw, SK S6J 1L9 or to Prostate Cancer Canada, 2 Lombard St, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 1M1.