Adapted for the web from personal correspondence - Laval, Oct. 2008
Like many , Jack took a radio operator course at the Radio College in Toronto in 58-59. Click on the photo on the left to see him pounding the key in his code class with John Gilbert and a few others.
Jack Anderson then joined DOT and was posted to Swift Current, Churchill and Yorkton as a radio operator from 1959 to 1966.
From 1966 to 1972, Jack was with Radio Regulations and was posted to Saskatoon.
He became District Manager of the Prince Rupert office from 1972 to 1980 , then District Manager of the Prince George office until 1982. He completed the circuit as Manager of the Victoria District office from 1982 where, amongst other pleasures ..., he swapped jobs with his friend Ray Morin and thought it was a revitalizing experience.
Jack went on extended leave in 1993.
Then, a move to Saskatoon to be with his family, (five grandchildren) , he is now rattling along, still with Mary Ann after 50 years. They enjoy camping in their RV during summer and travelling in winter when they can.
Click on photo above to view large photo
Obituary - Avis de décès
John (Jack) Anderson
1934 - 2012
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden death of John Frederick Anderson, age 77, of Saskatoon on Saturday, March 24, 2012.
Jack was born near Bradwell on November 22, 1934 at the family farm and received his schooling in various locations throughout Saskatchewan. He spent 35 years working with the Federal Government in Radio Communications and his job promotions took him across Western Canada, finally ending his career as a District Manager in Victoria, B.C. He and Mary Ann returned to Saskatchewan in 1993 and enjoyed their retirement years travelling extensively.
Jack was proud to be an active member of the Masonic Fraternity, Saskatoon Shrine Club, and the Royal Canadian Legion. He was a man of his word and could always be counted on. Jack was honest, caring, and gave generously of his time. He had a great sense of humor, was very practical and could fix just about anything.
Jack was dearly loved by his wife of 54 years, Mary Ann; daughter, Janice (Terry); son, Rob (Lynn); and his five precious grandchildren, Adam, Drew, Todd, Lane, and Metaya. He was a devoted family man who never missed a `gathering of the clan'. He touched our lives in countless ways and his love was a gift we will cherish forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Shiners' Hospital for Children (1021 Saskatchewan Cres. W, Saskatoon, S7M 5J6), or the Heart and Stroke Foundation (279-3rd Ave. N, Saskatoon, S7K 2H8) would be greatly appreciated. The Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Funeral Home (east on 8th street, first right past Briargate Rd.) Interment will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may send online condolences from the website www.hillcrestmemorial.ca . Arrangements entrusted to Megan Kasper. May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Very sad news. I had been thinking of Jack just a
few days ago. I wondered how he was doing.
March 25, 2012
Jack hired me out of the Edmonton office, to work in Victoria in early 1993, just before he retired. He had already packed up, and moved back to Saskatoon ( to be closer to family ) by the time I arrived back in Victoria, in April of that year. That was 19 years ago now.
March 26, 2012
Indeed sad news. I remember Jack well. First met him at weather school in Winnipeg October 1959. If memory serves me correctly he was from Bigger Sask. We met each other many times after in Ottawa on various courses over the years and again many times until retirement.
March 26, 2012
Attached is the obituary from today's Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Jack passed away on March 24. He was still living in Saskatoon. I used to run into him from time to time, but had not heard from him for the last year or two. He was our District Director for a short time in the summer of 1992 (I think that was the year). He was a great guy to work for.
March 27, 2012
I was at Radio College with Jack and met him many times when we were in DOC. We have remained in touch by email ever since. He was a good friend.
March 27, 2012
Links - Liens
1959 - Radio College of Canada Code Class
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Conference - June 17-20, 1975
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Conference - June 23 - 25, 1976
1976 - Mountaintop repeater stations bring TV, radio to valleys
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Workshop - June 20 - 24, 1977
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Workshop - June 7 - 9, 1978
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Workshop - July 9 - 11, 1980
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Workshop - June 24-26. 1981
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Regional Conference - June 1982
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Regional Conference - June 1983
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Regional Conference - September 1984
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Conference - Year Unknown - Possibly 1985
Department of Communications – Pacific Region - Annual Regional Conference - Year Unknown - Possibly 1986
1987 - Federal Department of Communications - District managers gather
1987 - Ministère fédéral des Communications - Réunion des gestionnaires de district
1993 - DISTRICT OFFICE DIRECTORS SWAP HOMES AND JOBS
1993 - DEUX DIRECTEURS DE BUREAU DE DISTRICT ÉCHANGENT DEMEURES ET BUREAUX