3626 John Ink Class of 1956) – March 15, 1934 – New Liskeard, Ontario – January 28, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and husband Jack Stewart Ink (“John”) on Monday, January 28, 2019 at the age of 84 years.
From 1957 to 1960, John served in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Cold War as a F-86 Sabre jet fighter pilot of the 1 Air Division 421 (F) Sqn. Serving in the Canadian Air Force was one of his greatest achievements and one which fostered his deep sense of pride in serving his country he loved so much. Dad was forever musing about the latest in Canadian politics and always made his right wing views known to anyone who would listen (sometimes to the chagrin of those around him!). Post military service, John followed his other passion, an engineering career, largely focused in prestressed concrete and bridge design. He would encourage his girls to cheer when they drove over a concrete bridge and “boo” when they drove over a bridge made of any other material. As a testament to his expertise, John was recognized as the “Construction Person of the Year” by the Calgary Construction Association in 2004. His love of country and all things aviation-related inspired him to be amongst the founders of the Air Force Museum of Alberta in Currie Barracks where his name is proudly displayed in the front entrance. John was an active member of the RMC Ex-Cadet club of Calgary, having graduated from the Royal Military College in 1956 (college number 3626). John was also a member of the downtown Rotary Club of Calgary and always took every available opportunity to volunteer his time. For many Christmas seasons until his health wouldn’t allow, Dad donned a red Santa Hat and volunteered with the Salvation Army manning a kettle. John was an active member of St. Peter’s Anglican Church and we are grateful to everyone at St. Peters for their loving support. Forever a pilot at heart, John built and flew hundreds of model airplanes over the years. We will forever remember afternoons spent at the flying field assisting Dad and wiping down his planes for him. Dad could often be found in a bar or officer’s mess for beer call with former flying buddies, regaling each other with war stories and enjoying a pint or two.
Fly away in peace dear husband and father – we will miss you so.
“Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God.””
– High Flight, John Gillespie Magee Jr., RCAF,1941
John is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Joan (nee Fuller); his daughters, Carolyn (Evan Korchinski) and Andria (Chris Haines); his two beautiful grandchildren, Grace Elizabeth and Jack Marshall, and his sisters Patricia and Helen, and a niece as well as four nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church ( , Calgary, AB) on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the Cold War Hangar of the Military Museum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Military Museums Foundation, 4520 Crowchild Trail SW Calgary, AB, T2T 5J4, Telephone (403) 410-2340, . Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
Thank you to the kindness of strangers who helped our father during his times of struggle. Over the past years, there was many a good Samaritan who would pick him up and drive him home after seeing him struggle on his daily walk. John will be sharply missed by the friendly and helpful staff at the Oakridge A&W, Oakridge Calgary Co-op, and Nellie’s on 90th Ave.
We wish to thank the staff at South Health Campus for the wonderful care you gave John. We also want to give our heartfelt thanks to all of his many friends who supported him with rides, meals and companionship throughout the sunset of his amazing and very full life.
In living memory of John Ink, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.
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