John Frederick Hargrove

Hargrove, John Frederick

(Sept. 21, 1916 – July 18, 2005)

Born in St. John Newbrunswick, came to North Vancouver in 1931, then moved to the

Parksville area with his family in 1963. Predeceased by his first wife Grayce, his parents

Bristall and Sarah Hargrove, brother William Hargrove, and sisters Vivian Jones and Vera


He is survived and lovingly remembered by wife Jean of Parksville and by brothers

George, James and Arnold (Iris) Hargrove, daughter Pat (John) Gillespie of Coombs, son

John (Janet) Hargrove of Qualicum, stepdaughters Jackie, Laurel, Gerry, Barbara, stepson

Charlie, grandchildren Shona (Chris) Jackson, Neil Gillespie, Katrina Hargrove, Owen

Hargrove, Merrilee Hargrove, great grandchildren Trystan and William Jackson, many

nieces, nephews and friends.

Big John was a strong, gentle and kind man. A former championship wrestler, a

commercial fisherman, a boat builder and carpenter. In his retired years he embarked on a

trip with a group of seniors to cycle Australia and returned with many stories and enduring


In recent times he enjoyed cribbage games and visiting family and friends, the Times

Colonist crossword, mystery novels and the frequent visits from home care workers.

‘You were a good shipmate Dad.’

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