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John DeGruchy

John "Jack" DeGruchy

Tuesday, June 30th, 1936 - Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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"When your pace of life zooms, when your running on fumes, and you need an escape from reality; restore your old spark, and top up your tank with tranquility."
It is with profound sadness that the family of John ''Jack'' DeGruchy of Cold Lake, Alberta announces his unexpected passing on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the age of 82 years.
Jack loved, and was loved by everyone he met. Next to family, friends and acquaintances he loved fishing, writing poetry, singing and of course capturing photos of beautiful scenery around the Lakeland, especially at his favorite spot, French Bay. Jack was a kind, gentle soul that blessed the lives of so many people, he will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him.
Jack will be forever remembered and loved by his two daughters: Susan (Randy) McDonald & Jody (Bernie) Girard both of Cold Lake, AB; five grandchildren: Rebecca McDonald, Andrew (Alix) DeGruchy, Belynda (Seb) Giguere, Jacob Girard & Emily Girard; one great granddaughter: Charlie Giguere; two sisters-in-law: Thelma Poire, Lenore DeGruchy; three special nieces: Gloria, Eva, Julia Beth; as well as numerous other nieces, nephews and special friends to numerous to mention.
Jack was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife Sylvia DeGruchy in 2016; parents: Reuben & Edith DeGruchy; two brothers: Phil, Charlie; two sisters: Sylvia, Jane.
Celebration of Life, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., at the Community Baptist Church, Cold Lake, Alberta with Pastor Phil Crump officiating. Final resting place to take place at a later date.
Memorial tributes in memory of Jack may be sent to Cold lake Health Centre Palliative Care Program, 4720-55 St., Cold Lake, AB T9M 1V8.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, April 6th, 2019 1:00pm
    Community Baptist Church
    5216-55A Street
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    Arrangements in progress
    Pastor Phil Crump
  • Interment

    To follow at a later date

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Donations are being accepted for: Cold Lake Palliative Care Society (Home Care).


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Pastor Jachin & Becca and Home Church family

Posted at 02:00pm
Emily and family, With our deepest sympathy and love.
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The Mullen Family

Posted at 12:57pm
Dear Jody and Susan, sendind our love, thoughts and many precious memories of your Dad. Deepest condolences to all your families.
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Kerry Howarth

Posted at 01:26pm
When I was posted to AETE Cold Lake in 1997, my good fortune was to work closely with Jack in project planning. I was a clerk, so totally out of my element, but Jack showed me the ropes - he was the SuperProject guru!! I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was a legend, in my book. Rest well, my friend. You are greatly missed. My condolences to Jack's family.
Sgt (Ret'd) Kerry (Siford) Howarth.


David McLellan

Posted at 11:13pm
I met Jack as a child when he was a colleague of my father and I was a classmate of Jody's. My memories are of a very pleasant man who set a great example of living well. He was happy and witty, enjoying his family and the outdoor lifestyle that is available in Cold Lake. I

n the fall of 1984 he was a stoic figure that provided comfort to my brother and I as our parents marriage fell apart. At a difficult time I was grateful that he was present and a friend of the family.

In the summer of 2010 we were visiting Cold Lake for the weekend and in the evening sun I saw a familiar figure pushing a wheelchair along the marina. It was thrilling to be able to go over and greet Jack and Sue and to introduce them to my family. I am grateful to have had that opportunity.

To his family I know he will be missed but we all know heaven has a popular new resident who brings wit and charm. Jack lived an admirable life and we were all blessed to have shared it.

Emilie L. Bourbeau

Posted at 08:05pm
He has been my mother in law's neighbor for years. He used to pick up my kids and I when I would walk during the cold winter. I remember him jogging down town everyday! What a beautiful soul!!!

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