January 27, 1932 – September 26, 2018
John Stephen Badanic, born in Fernie, BC January 27, 1932, passed away suddenly on a sunny afternoon in a boat, fishing with his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Mary Margaret nee Gartley. In his youth in Fernie, John worked in the coal mine among other spectacular jobs to finance his UBC years, then taught in Dawson Creek where he met Mary, married, and traveled Europe for a year. They settled in Powell River where he was the principal of Kelly Creek Elementary, and had three children there before moving to Burnaby and
teaching for almost 25 years at Magee Secondary School. Over the years he was known for his hunting, dandelion wine, curling, badminton, and fishing – his passion. A holiday cabin on Wallace Island led to a home on Thetis Island where his later years were idyllic. In Burnaby and on Thetis he enjoyed charming neighbours, good friends, collecting treasures, helping out others whenever he could, and always fishing. Very loyal, his close friends meant the world to him.
He will be missed by his loving wife Mary Margaret; his children Gordon (Erica), Sheilagh (Spencer), and David; his grandchildren Simone, Niamh, Andrew, Lachlan, and Beatrix.
Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, October 6 at 2 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 6610 Balmoral Street, Burnaby BC.
Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006.