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JACK BERT OJA

Born: Mar 27, 1950

Date of Passing: Jul 13, 2020

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JACK BERT OJA
March 27, 1950 - July 13, 2020

It is with profound regret that we announce the peaceful passing of Jack Bert Oja, at his home in Campbell River, BC, in his 71st year.
Jack was predeceased by his brother Bert and his parents, Dr. Bert and Evelyn. He is survived by his sisters, Sandy of Winnipeg and Pat of Campbell River as well as his niece Sandy (Matt) and nephew James and great-niece Pyper Lee. Jack grew up in Wildwood Park in Fort Garry, he went to school there attending Vincent Massey for high school. He also attended St. John's Dynevor School in Selkirk, MB. He was a voracious reader and loved antique furniture. His home is situated on Discovery Bay and he was lucky enough to see the killer whales when they swan through Georgia Straight. He enjoyed the eagles nesting nearby and watched the chicks fledge when he first moved there. Jack enjoyed cooking and barbequing and having visitors from Winnipeg. An avid gardener, Jack can be viewed in his beloved garden at Campbell River Art Gallery Garden Tour 2012. A longterm resident of Campbell River he was known in his neighbourhood as the Mayor of Willow Point. Information at Tim Hicks.ccc@gmail.com.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Pat and Sandy, I'm sure you know how close I was to Jack. From the time I was 16 we were best friends. We did almost everything together, and most often with Tim Hicks as well. Jack and I even lived together in our 20's. He taught me many things. He was very intelligent and great with his hands working on cars, trucks and building. I rebuilt my first carburetor on our kitchen table on a farm we rented in Dugald. "He said pick up a carb kit and grab an old toothbrush." We got stuck in the sand pits with his 70's Chevy short box 4x4 and had to crawl underneath and remove the sand with our bare hands until the wheels were touching the ground (we were literally teetering on the top of a dune.) This was not the first time we had to deal with this type of situation and was certainly not the last! Never a dull moment with Jack. While I only went to visit him in Campbell River once in these many years, I realized our friendship had never changed. The dynamic with both Jack and Tim was as if I'd always been there with them. Friends for life. During the last 6 months, we spoke on the phone fairly often. While some of our calls were short, we had one that lasted over an hour! We laughed our asses off and it was just like old times. I miss Jack. Regards, Brad Enns - Posted by: Brad Enns (Friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

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