John (Jack) Hale Jamieson

April 20th, 2022

Feb. 5, 1938 - April 20, 2022

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Hale (Jack) Jamieson on April 20th, 2022, at the age of 84.  Jack died peacefully at home with family by his side after a short battle with cancer. 

Jack was born in Seattle Washington on February 5, 1938, to John and Elda Jamieson.  In 1948 the family moved back to Armstrong to take over the family newspaper and printing business (Armstrong-Enderby Publishing Company).  Jack grew up in Armstrong, graduated from Armstrong Highschool in 1956 and eventually attended Ryerson University in Toronto where he completed a program in journalism. While on a work term in Whitehorse in the summer of 1958, Jack met Dawn Bethune.  They married in 1960 in Edmonton.  The young couple lived in Chilliwack before moving to Whitehorse where Jack worked for the Whitehorse Star and also wrote for Time magazine. They then moved to Prince George where Jack worked for the Prince George Citizen and their first child was born. They eventually moved to the Lower Mainland where Jack worked in Human Resources for Dairyland, settling in Port Moody and welcoming their second child.  In 1969 Jack returned to Armstrong to take over the family business.  He spent the remainder of his professional career as the Editor and Publisher of the local newspapers (Armstrong Advertiser and Enderby Commoner) and running the printing business, the third generation of his family to do so. 

Jack was an active and involved community leader.  He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Masons and was a past president of the Rotary Club.  He was president of the 1987-88 Interior Provincial Exhibition and also actively involved in the Abbeyfield Society and the Haugen Health Center.  He was instrumental in getting a Radio Tower installed on PV Road and he volunteered at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Art Gallery. He was also a member of the Probus Club in Vernon. Jack shared Armstrong Citizen of the Year honors with Dawn in 2006.

Jack was an avid fisherman.  He spent many hours on the lake trolling and fly-fishing.  He also enjoyed a number of ocean-fishing trips in the Pacific Northwest and internationally, particularly enjoying cruise travel.

Jack was pre-deceased by his father and mother, his wife Dawn and his brother David.  He is survived by his children JJ (Kyna) in Texas and Jodi (Dirk) in Vernon and by his much adored granddaughters Aleen and Chloe.  Jack was adamant that he did not want any service or ceremony to honor his death.  Instead, he would be happy if you remember him in your own way, perhaps sharing a memory of him with a friend.

Messages:

I met Jack and Dawn Jamieson in 1992. I was a Rotary International Exchange Student from Japan. I really enjoyed staying in Jamison's beautiful cozy house in Rosedale Ave. I guess a lot of exchange students were staying at Jamiesons each year. They are still one of my best Canadian fathers and mothers in Armstrong. It is very hard to believe and sad. I can't meet them any more. My second visit to Canada was in the year 2000. I was trying to study French and find a host French family in Montreal. Jack introduced Ann.  She is one of the Jamiesons' best friends. She lives in Montreal and she found a French-speaking family for me. And in this time, Ann sent me an e-mail. She gave me the site's address of myalternatives.ca. It's very sad to believe Jack and Dawn are both gone. However, I could read Jamieson's history, which was good to know. Time goes very fast. Now I have twin boys. They will be 6 years old in this August.  Their daughter Jody was also a Rotary International Exchange Student in the same city as my parents' house in Japan. Her children must be grown up too. In the near future, I wish I could visit Armstrong with my family.

I met Jack and Dawn Jamieson in 1992. I was a Rotary International Exchange Student from Japan. I really enjoyed staying in Jamison's beautiful cozy house in Rosedale Ave. I guess a lot of exchange students were staying at Jamiesons each year. They are still one of my best Canadian fathers and mothers in Armstrong. It is very hard to believe and sad. I can't meet them any more. My second visit to Canada was in the year 2000. I was trying to study French and find a host French family in Montreal. Jack introduced Ann.  She is one of the Jamiesons' best friends. She lives in Montreal and she found a French-speaking family for me. And in this time, Ann sent me an e-mail. She gave me the site's address of myalternatives.ca. It's very sad to believe Jack and Dawn are both gone. However, I could read Jamieson's history, which was good to know. Time goes very fast. Now I have twin boys. They will be 6 years old in this August.  Their daughter Jody was also a Rotary International Exchange Student in the same city as my parents' house in Japan. Her children must be grown up too. In the near future, I wish I could visit Armstrong with my family.

Jack, you were one of the first people I met...even before I actually moved to this town. You made me feel like this town was my home. I feeling I am sure you brought to many more people you touched during as a long tome resident of Armstrong. You will be missed more than you know.

My heartfelt condolence to Jodi , JJ and family. It saddens me deeply to hear of Jacks passing. He was a wonderful man and a pillar in the community. Ralph W Emerson said "It is not the length of Life but depth of Life." Your parents gave so much to both Armstrong and Spallumcheen and they will be missed.

Dear Jodi, JJ and family: Sincere condolences on your Father's passing. Our loved ones never really leave our thoughts for their memories will stay with us eternally. May you hold on to them and take comfort in knowing someone special will never be forgotten.

To Jody and JJ I am so sorry to hear about your father's recent passing. What a lovely man! I talked to him a few months ago when he called in response to an email I had sent him. He seemed quite happy with his situation at the time but I know he missed your mom terribly. My fondest memories are of the 2 1/2 weeks that I stayed with your family in 1977 (?) while I did my teaching practicum at the Junior High School. Your mom's cooking and bread baking were an inspiration to me. Your dad was intent on giving me the Armstrong experience -- picking asparagus, canoeing upriver, hanging out with your lovely family in your beautiful house. It was a memorable experience and I always thought of Armstrong as an example of an ideal community with people like your parents so involved. I first remember your dad and his booming laugh when he came down to my dad's photo lab for his Dairyland job. Our fathers hit it off and when you moved to Armstrong the bus would come south with a sack of asparagus for us and head north with a sack of freshly picked oysters for your family. I always loved reading the letters and later, emails, that he wrote to us. Your dad always seemed to be so upbeat and full of stories. He will be missed but so fondly remembered. My sincere condolences to your families. Cindy King

I met Jack in 2009 when I started working in the Community. He was a wealth of information and humor. Over the years he always had time to stop and say hello or had a wave as he passed by with his dog in the driver seat. Heartfelt condolences to the family, he will be missed.

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family. So grateful to have known both Jack and Dawn!

Jack's friendship and support of the Abbeyfield movement will be missed, but long remembered, particularly at the Armstrong House where his support will continue to benefit seniors for years to come. Thanks Jack for a life "invested"not just spent.

Sincere Condolences from the Vernon Probus Club

Jack always had a friendly hello. He will be missed.

My deepest sympathies and condolences to all the family. There were several times in my early years working for Jack that I called him "Dad". He was a good boss and a good friend. I went to work for him the week of my highschool graduation and worked with him for just over 31 years. Dawn was also great about popping in and sometimes bringing treats - baking, sushi, etc. I think of them often with fondness and will miss running into Jack and having a quick chat to catch up on things.

Very sad to hear of Jack's passing. Was, and still am, a faithful reader of the Advertiser newspaper. Condolences to the family.

I first met Jack when I arrived in the North Okanagan as a new reporter. I appreciated Jack's support and his passion for Armstrong Spallumcheen. He will be missed. Richard Rolke

On behalf of the Spallumcheen Masonic Lodge, my condolences to the Jamieson family. Jack was a valued member of Masonic fraternity for 50 years.

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