October 13, 1925 – March 24, 2019
It is with great sadness we said goodbye to a wonderful, amazing man. Husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. John Gilbert Groome, “Jack” to his friends and family, died peacefully on March 24, 2019 at Moog and Friends Hospice in Penticton B.C. at the age of 93. Jack was born on October 13, 1925 in Williams Lake B.C. Considered a quintessential figure to the people of Williams Lake for over 70 years for his strength of character, humour, kindness and dedication to his family and friends. Jack is survived by his daughter Janet, step daughters Debbie, Joanne, step son Dale, grandchildren Justin, Andrea, Jacqueline, Cameron, Bradley, Justin and nieces Debbie (Lorne), Heather, Lianne (Barry), Donna (Dick) and Gail (Jim) and nephew Donald. Jack’s youngest daughter Barbara predeceased him in 2003.
In his life Jack was fortunate to find two distinct and important relationships. First to his wife Marie who passed away in 1986 after 34 years of marriage and then his second wife Patricia who predeceased him in 2013 concluding 23 years together. He credited much of his life’s success to these partnerships with both Marie and Patricia.
Although Jack worked in many capacities as he moved throughout British Columbia, he resettled in Williams Lake and became a professional painter. His signs leave a legacy for the community of Williams Lake as they can still be seen on local trucks and businesses. Painting was Jack’s passion and you could hear him reciting his mantra, “I’ve never worked a day in my life.”With extreme gratitude to his customers for their years of loyalty, their camaradery and the opportunity to perform a job he loved passionately; Jack performed his gift until the age of 80.
Jack was a carpenter, motorcycle enthusiast, mechanic and very fond of his Alpha Romeo. Adamant about the value of work, Jack defined many of his relationships about helping those in need and building something of use. You would find Jack helping his family; fix a truck, contribute to a rock wall or build a house. Though he would immerse himself in his job he was insistent that family time was essential. This included endless drives in the country, marvelous picnics and hours of recreation at numerous lakes in the Cariboo.
Jack was greatly loved by all who knew him and though it goes without saying that he will be missed, he has touched us all with his warmth, honesty, wit, generosity, and determination.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date.