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John Alston Greenway

March 12, 1926 - June 30, 2016


John Alston “Jack” Greenway, B. Sc; DVM; M.Sc.

Released into peace, Jack passed away June 30th at Duncan, BC after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  He passes on to join the love of his life, his wife Hazel (nee Millett). He will be mourned by his children Murray (Leeann), Bee, Leslie, and Joni (Doug) and his cherished grandchildren Jakki and Michelle (Sean).

Jack was known for his whistling, love of life, optimism and devotion to family. His affection and curiosity knew no bounds—neither did the depth of his heart. His childlike sense of humor made all around him laugh often.  

The only child of W.A. “Al” and Rowena “Reenie” Greenway, Jack was raised in the village of Acme, Alberta. On his father’s farm, he developed his love of animals and care for the land. His love of music stemmed from their home resonating with music, for his mother gave piano lessons at home. An excellent athlete, he was a member of the Alberta Provincial Championship hockey team at a very young age; and was the Western Canadian Junior Horse Jumping Champion.

After graduating from Veterinary College at Guelph, during his internship in Calgary, Jack was introduced to Hazel, a chemical engineer, by mutual friends. They moved to Acme, where Jack opened his own veterinary practice that served the community in 50 miles any direction. Hazel and Jack grew up valuing service to other—a trait that defined their lives. Jack and Hazel gave freely of their time to help others. While Hazel led choir and youth groups, Jack was on town council and served as President of the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.  Jack’s enquiring mind led him to build a laboratory in their yard, and commence his efforts to reduce the incidence of diseases in swine.

 In 1967, the family moved to Guelph for two years, so Jack could complete his Masters focused on Parasitology. Subsequently, they relocated to Abbotsford, BC where Jack took a position at the provincial veterinary laboratory. Here Jack enjoyed his service as a Chapter Dad for the Demolay boys’ group.

After retirement, Jack and Hazel made their home at Qualicum on Vancouver Island, where they putted in the yard and welcomed family and friends. Jack loved throwing pucks into the swimming pool for children and grandchildren to retrieve. Jack spent many happy hours volunteering at the Marion Baker volunteer Salmon Hatchery. His retirement was among the happiest periods of Jack’s life—enjoying the continued warmth of family gatherings, the companionship of the Saturday ‘work bees’ and continuing to pursue knowledge and answers to various scientific challenges.

Jack’s family would like to thank the many dedicated, loving people who eased his path during the recent years.  You made Dad’s life easier as he struggled with the challenges of Alzheimers.

Jack’s family invite friends to join them at 2 p.m. Saturday July 9th, at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 138 Hoylake Rd, Qualicum to celebrate his life. Tea to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army or the Marian Baker Salmon Hatchery, Parksville, PO Box 988 Parksville, BC  V9P 2H1


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Jim Gilchrist
Relation: Family Friend

Murray, Bev, Leslie and Joan – I just heard about your Dad and want to pass along best wishes. Very sorry to hear this. As you may or may know, I lost Dad 15 years ago now. The two them – my Dad and yours were always fun to be around when they were together. Your Dad brought out the devil in mine and it was fun to be around. Fun to watch. I always enjoyed the times the families spent together and miss those days.

I hope you are all well, my best wishes and sincerest condolences to all of you. Your Dad was one of the very good ones.


From: Marie Dunn
Relation: Through family

Leslie and family, Your parents were very kind to my Mum and Grandmother and I remember your Dad, his laughter and some of his stories. Our sincere sympathy to each of you. Marie

From: Melissa
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

Words can’t describe the heartbreaking feeling when I opened the paper today.
I am so glad jack is at peace and with hazel. I’ve known jack and family since the start of my career, the love this family shows is amazing. I had the honour of working with both jack and hazel when they became residents at Stanford in parksville, after hazels passing jacks companions took him many times to the 2010 olympics and the stories he shared, when he moved to cowichan lodge he recognized my face and it was great to see him and Leslie and Bee.
I am so sorry for your loss! I can hear the whistling and the “ahha” a sound that will forever I wil hold dearly with such fond and wonderful memories thanks for letting me get to know your dad!

From: Ruth Thom & Family
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

To Doctor John “Jack” Greenway’s Family – sorry to read of Doctor “Jack’s” passing. It was a pleasure to visit with “Jack” at Sunridge and talk about our mutual friends, Mit and Jack of Abbotsford. “Jack” was a special person. Our deepest sympathy, Ruth Thom and Family.

From: Mel McIntosh
Relation: Family Farm Veterinarian

Read of Jack’s passing in the Abbotsford paper. He was always a delight whether at the farm, as a guest speaker at 4-H meetings, at 4-H beef cattle judging events or in his Acme office. Where that VW beetle wouldn’t go probably wasn’t worth going. Jack was a true gentleman, and was highly respected in Acme and the area he served.

From: Bob Johnson
Relation: Friend of the family

Murray, Bev, Leslie, and Joanie:
Your family was so terrific to me and our eclectic group for friends.
And sadly we have had to say good bye to Hazel and now Jack.
I have warm thoughts of the many adventures we took together.
May you have peace in your hearts.
Bob Johnson and Leone.

From: John and Mary Grace Bradley
Relation: Met family as veterinarian, 1958

Jack was a colleague,gentleman and friend for the last 58 years. Our sympathy to all the family.

From: Michelle Pratt
Relation: Jack's daughter was our amazing teacher

Dear Leslie,
We were so saddened to open the paper to discover your father’s passing. May your memories of him bring you great joy. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
The Pratt’s (Michelle, Mike, Luke, Jack, Sam & Max)

From: Leslie Healy
Relation: Friend and then care aid

Dear Greenway Family, it was such a privileged to have been part of your Dad’s life… I cannot express what a wonderful, loving and caring man he was, he certainly filled a void that the passing of my own father left (and that’s why I adopted him) Memories will now be so very important to you xoxox

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
July 9, 2016
Beginning at 2:00pm

St. Mark''s Anglican Church
138 Hoylake Rd
Qualicum, BC Canada V9K 1K3

Tea to follow.

138 Hoylake Rd
Qualicum, BC Canada V9K 1K3

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:


1)Salvation Army

2)Marion Baker Salmon Hatchery  (or actually cheques to “Parksville fish and game”

Put “hatchery” in Memo area of cheque. 

PO Box 988

Parksville, BC

V9P 2H1

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