April 22, 1930 – November 20, 2021
It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of John Edward Perdue of Nelson, BC on November 20, 2021. Son of Percy and Isabelle Perdue.
An avid outdoorsman, John spent his life exploring BC as a forest ranger and later as a provincial land agent where he was responsible for establishing a number of ecological reserves throughout in the Kootenays. After retirement he volunteered as a member of the Nelson Search and Rescue and the British Columbia Provincial Emergency Program where he drew on his knowledge from years as a wildfire boss.
John was a devoted husband, loving father and generous neighbour, and his humour kept life interesting. He was married to his high school sweetheart Adele (Zanon) for 60 years. At home John was an industrious man who was never without a home renovation project, and when not working on his own project could found helping family and friends with theirs.
John enjoyed hiking, fishing, exploring the outdoors and picking huckleberries. He put his outdoor skills to work serving as a scout leader for nearly two decades, leading his troops on many outdoor adventures. John learned to ski in his mid-life and enjoyed skiing the local hills with family and friends.
John loved working with his hands and in his later years dedicated himself to building and donating Adirondack chairs to support the Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary, but his real passion was gardening. He thrived on the challenges of gardening and generously passed on his experience to others. His flower gardens were always colourful and fragrant, but he was most passionate about his fruit and vegetable gardens. He could often be heard talking about his infamous peach trees or challenging neighbours to a friendly tomato growing competition where he took great pleasure in anticipation of the year’s crop.
Always looking for ways to strike up a conversation, John was sure to have a chocolate or a dog treat in his pocket. John had many friends who enriched his life and provided a kind and supportive network in his later years, and we would like to extend our deepest appreciation. John recently moved into Lake View Village and we wish to thank the staff and residents for helping to make it a home for him.
John is survived by his sister Evelyn Eckmier, sons Mark and Chris, daughter Sandra (Scheu), grandson Karlton and granddaughter Melissa. Obituary
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