September 23, 1926 - December 26, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearly beloved father, husband, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, uncle and friend. Jack Taylor Prince passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 26th, 2023. He was 97.
Jack was born September 23, 1926 in Vancouver BC, the first child of John and Phoebe Prince. The family lived on the BC coast and eventually settled in Prince Rupert. Jack worked as a pipefitter at Prince Rupert's Dry Dock during World War II, and fished for 50 years on the Pacific Coast. He worked for Armour Salvage, and after his commercial fishing career worked for 8 years as Mate/Relief Skipper on the Prince Rupert Airport Ferry.
He was the Canadian Commissioner on the International Pacific Halibut Commission 1974-1976, and served on other boards in Prince Rupert. As a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church he served on the Council and helped with church building projects in both PR and Sandspit.
Captain Jack loved being on the water. Trips on his fishing vessels, sailboat, various skiffs and kayak brought him much happiness, especially when he could share the time with family, friends and his many crew members. Each person held a special place in his heart.
Jack also enjoyed his many bird and large animal hunting trips with his father-in-law, brothers, sons-in-law, nephews and many friends. Jack loved to travel to Vernon, AB and SK with Astrid to spend time with their daughters and their families, and made a point of visiting his beloved siblings and their families on Vancouver Island when he could. Two family trips, to Norway (1980) and to Newfoundland (2005), were very special to him.
Jack cherished his personal relationship with his Lord and Savior. He knew that he walked through life with Jesus at his side. Jack lived his life with wonder, amazed by so many things, and had an incredible ability to live in the moment, with gratitude, knowing he was blessed beyond measure. He found special joy in the birth and life of each and every grandchild and delighted in flowers, full moons, Christmas lights and fireworks.
Most of all, the love, joy and light of his life was Astrid, his beautiful wife of 68 years. She was his 'Sweetheart' every single day!
We were so blessed to have such a wonderful father who leaves such a strong legacy of love in his beautiful sweetheart Astrid, his 6 daughters, 4 sons-in-law (he was predeceased by son-in-law Mike Heaton in July 2023), 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Croft, Dr. Masoumi Hesari, Dr. Erasmus, and Dr. Coetzee, as well as Jan, Bethany, Meaghan and the staff at Acropolis Manor and the Prince Rupert Regional Hospital.
NOTE: A Celebration of Life will be held in Prince Rupert later this year.