John E. Vold, of 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at La Verendrye hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998 at the age of 80.
He was born in Fort Frances on July 19, 1918 to the late Melinda and Ole Vold. He grew up and went to school in the area until he joined the army.
A veteran of WWII, John served until he lost a leg in combat. He then returned to Canada and resided in Nestor Falls, where he spent many happy years. He worked doing the things he loved most—cooking for family and friends, guiding, hunting, fishing and bookkeeping, and being a good friend to all he met and telling jokes.
He married Blanche Jewell on July 25, 1959, and most of their married life was spent in Nestor Falls.
He was predeceased by his wife, Blanche, in 1988; his mother, Melinda and father, Ole; two sisters, Helen and Myrtle; one brother, Orville; and many of his life-long friends.
Left to mourn his passing are his son, Ed Vold and wife, Allison, and his pride and joy, their sons, Cody and Nolan. Left behind also is his stepson, Raymond Jewell, and wife, Linda, and another great pride to him, their daughter, Rachel Ray.
He also leaves to mourn four stepdaughters and one more stepson; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Cremation took place in Thunder Bay, Ont.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 28, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 in Fort Frances.
The service will be officiated by Rev. Patrick Playfair, with interment to take place at a later date.
Honourary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Cody and Nolan Vold, Murray, Kevin, and Dwayne Degagne, and his two life-long friends, Butch Crawley and Eric McConnell.