John Gardner HALL
Hall, John Gardner, P.Eng., passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 9, 2016 at the age of 88.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, on February 4, 1928 to John and Miron Hall, John is survived by his beloved wife Margaret (Peggy) of 65 years, his three children Kathy, Susan and John (Heather) and his cherished granddaughter Meg. He is also mourned by his two brothers Douglas (Betty) and Donald (Leona, deceased), his brother-in-law Jack Woolfrey (Joyce) and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
In 1942, John and his family moved to Toronto where he graduated from North Toronto Collegiate. After briefly serving in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII, John studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. During this time he met his wife-to-be Peggy, a Toronto General Hospital nursing student. After they both graduated in 1950, they married and moved to Hamilton where John began his career with Stelco and Peggy worked at the Hamilton General Hospital. Together they built a life; John working for various companies relating to the steel industry and Peggy bringing up their three children. John loved to play and watch sports, in particular hockey, and he played goalie twice a week well into his 50’s. Despite living in Ontario, John remained a dedicated and fierce fan of the Montreal Canadiens and took every opportunity to attend games or watch them on television. John and Peggy were ardent cottagers and spent most of their summers and leisure time at their cottage on Lake of Bays.
In 1990, John took early retirement and they moved to Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. John became actively involved with the establishment of the Eagle Park nursing home in Qualicum Beach and rediscovered his love of curling while Peggy pursued her passion for gardening. John was also active in several bridge clubs, the Probus club and the various social activities at the Curling Club. He enjoyed a vibrant circle of friends.
John took great pleasure in spending time with family. Every summer, he welcomed his only granddaughter Meg for an extended stay at their lovely home in Qualicum Beach. Visits from other family were cause for celebration. He took great pride in the achievements of his family and was always ready to support them when needed. He was a gentle, generous, and caring man, loved by all who knew him.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation for the compassionate and dedicated support from Dr. David Woodley and the Victoria Hospice. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.mccallbros.com