John Hector Treen

June 29, 1941 - June 12, 2017

  • On his birthday, 2016.


    On his birthday, 2016. 

Beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

Born on June 29, 1941 in Cumberland, BC. Died June 12, 2017 in Vancouver, BC.

John always loved the great outdoors and spent most of his formative years fishing and hiking in the wilds of the Comox valley.

He met his soulmate, Joan (nee Francis), in Vancouver while attending post secondary teacher training, and they were married on Aug 12, 1967. Together they settled in Powell River, where he enjoyed a long and successful teaching career, in some cases teaching multiple generations of students from the same family.

He volunteered for three decades teaching navigation to Canadian Power and Sail Squadron students, and he had many legendary stories to tell of his many years of service with RCSCC Malaspina and HMCS Quadra.

He thoroughly enjoyed his retirement, spending time with the Powell River Naturalist Society counting birds, identifying native plants, tracking whales, and educating young naturalists. He and Joan whiled away many happy days at Puffin's Perch, a beautiful home on Savary Island that he designed and built. Always a putterer with a mind that wouldn't quit, he spent hours designing contraptions to outwit all manner of bear, squirrel, and deer in an effort to protect the many beautiful gardens he and Joan cultivated.

A friend to all, he was constantly sought out by many for his advice and assistance for most things mechanical or structural and even marine.

Survived by his loving family: wife Joan, son Jonathan (Colleen), daughter Nicole (Ken), grandchildren Gordie and Fiona, sisters Holly and Patricia, extended family Sharon and Hugh, Daniel and Quita, Michael and Daphne, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends.

Many thanks to the volunteer first responders on Savary Island, Lund Water Taxi, BC Ambulance Service in Powell River, BC Air Ambulance, all the medical staff and volunteers at both Powell River General Hospital and St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, and family and friends for all your prayers and support.

In lieu of flowers, consider giving to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC or donating a unit of blood to Canadian Blood Services.

Celebration of life to take place later in the summer.
Always at his telescope looking for eagles and whales. Always at his telescope looking for eagles and whales.

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  • Ivor Langley

    Osoyoos, B.C.

    It is with great sadness that I read this news. I worked with John at OV teaching in the shop during the late 80s. He was an amazing guy to work with. He was a great teacher and mentor to me. I have worked with many shop teachers since I...

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  • Gerry anderson

    Powell River, BC, Canada

    John was a wonderful colleague. he was a man who, in my earlier formative years, taught me that actions speak louder than words. joan, i pray that john has been welcomed into heaven and is smiling down at us now. my deepest condolences to you and your family at this...

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  • Joe sullivan

    Powell river

    Please except our condolences on John's passing. I will always remember him as an honourable man, a man of unquestionable integrity.

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