Jack Ben Anderson passed away suddenly, at home, on May 9, 2012. Jack was predeceased by his parents, one brother, two sisters, a son, Kenny in 1953, and his loving wife, Mary in 2007. Jack will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by
his three sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, Clay and Jody (Kyle and Kristy) of Coldstream; Bruce and Lee (Riis, Toren, Roguen, and Brooke) of Victoria; and Darcy and Michele (Brianne and Chase) of Kelowna; and his brother Roy Andresen of Chilliwack. He will also be missed by his companion, Bobbie Kerry, and his beloved feline friend, Leo, who has now taken up residence with Bobbie. Jack was born on September 9, 1930 in Smithers, B.C. He spent his teenage years placer mining in the Wells / Barkerville area. Jack was a competitive skier, in all disciplines, and was the Western Canadian Junior Champion in the late 1940's. Jack met the love of his life, Mary Price, in Wells and they married in 1950. He worked various jobs including gold mining, highways, and forestry until they moved to Vernon in 1960 and he started working for the Department of Highways. Jack was a founding member of the ski events for the Vernon Winter Carnival and was an active member of Vernon Search and Rescue during the 1960's and 1970's. He was a true "Jack" of all Trades, able to fix or do almost anything, and always willing to lend a hand. Jack retired in 1988 and enjoyed an active retirement, keeping busy woodworking, camping, and fishing. Friends wishing to do so may make donations in Jack's memory to the Salvation Army-Vernon, Donation Processing Centre, PO Box 4465, Vancouver, BC V6B 3Z8.
A memorial tea will be held at a later date.