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A lifetime resident of Fernie, 78 year old John Zuffa passed away quietly at the Rocky Mountain Village on September 24, 2012.

John was born in Fernie on June 6, 1934 to parents Steve and Rose Zuffa. In August 1958 he married the love of his life, Vivian Dawson and together the couple completed their family with the arrival of sons Allan and Daryl. A hardworking man, John supported his family working at the Elko sawmill; retiring as Supervisor in 1994. An avid outdoorsman, John’s playground was indeed the mountains he loved. Together John and Vivian spent summers fishing, camping, boating and visiting around the campfire with family and friends, a cold beer in hand. John was also well known as a trapper and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with Allan and Daryl. When he wasn’t busy in the wilderness, John could be found doing woodwork in his shop or smoking his next batch of sausage.

John was a thoughtful neighbor and friend who was always ready to lend a helping hand. A man with a sense of humor, John was also outspoken, fiercely independent and sometimes a bit stubborn. John’s legacy will live on forever within the hearts and minds of all who loved him.

John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Vivian Zuffa and their 2 sons, Allan and Daryl (Phyllis), 7 grandchildren: Debbie (Jeff), A.J. (Chantelle), Brianna (Kevin), Dustin (Jordynn), Ryan, Darcy and Megan, 2 great grandchildren: Chase and Lexi, his brother Don (Barb) and sister Doreen (Don) Wilkins and 5 nephews: Duane, Dean, Kent, Todd and Kyle. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Terry and his Irene.

The Zuffa family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to the Doctors and staff at the Elk Valley Hospital and Rocky Mountain Village for the care John received. Thank you all!

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Elk Valley Hospital Foundation P.O. Box 670 Fernie, BC V0B 1M0. Messages of condolence may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.