Jack Bromley died quietly in his sleep at home in French Creek, British Columbia on
Friday, November 8, 2002.
Jack Bromley was a remarkable man, who combined a sharp sense of humour with a real joy of life and living. He was an individual with strong feelings, firm beliefs and a true heart. Jack is survived by his sons Greg (Heidi) Bromley, Gary (Kathy) Bromley, and his daughter Sandy Bromley (Robert McGarvey), as well as eight grandchildren: Thea, Leslie, Dustin, David (Maria), Peter, Kim, Julia and Oliver; his brother Bill (Sybil) and sister-in-law Barb and loving members of his many extended families. He was predeceased by his wife Ollie.
Born in Grand Prairie, Alberta, on September 13, 1923, his family lived in places as spread out as Rocky Mountain House and Long Beach, California, eventually ending up in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. It was in Yellowknife, after serving in the Navy in World War II, that Jack met his life-long love, Ollie Kolisniak. The married shortly thereafter and went on to raise their family in Edmonton, running a family business, Fort Nelson Fish Company with brother Bill. In 1972 Jack and Olga moved to British Columbia settling in Parksville.
Jack was a character; someone who loved an early morning fishing trip, good rum and talking politics with whom ever would listen. He was an individual who valued family and independence, above all else. Many of his most pleasant memories were shared with his family on camping trips in the wilderness, with Olga’s family on the farm near Two Hills, fishing and hunting with blood brother Bob Douglas, and travelling outside of Canada with Ollie.
His passing was, life his life, on his terms – in the way he would have wanted it. His family would like to offer special thanks to Mike and Fern Bromley of Parksville, to Bill and Helen Bromley of Caroline, Alberta, and to Hughie Calder and Dr. Desai for the love, friendship and support they gave to Jack and Ollie over the years.
Family and friends gathered on November 14 to bid farewell to Jack.