John Truchan passed away peacefully at the Vancouver Hospice after battling cancer. He was surrounded by the love of his daughters, Holly and April and his dear friend Cathie. He was loved by Roger Mahler, Dennis Dussin, his grandchildren Leo and Oliver, his sister Roseanne Elliot, her husband Jack and their entire family, his sister Suzanne and her husband Richard, his hiking buddies, his movie night friends, his neighbours and friends at his condo in B.C. and many friends in Toronto. We would like to express our deepest appreciation for the outstanding care and kindness he received from the staff and doctors at the Vancouver Hospice Society. We will be forever grateful for their kind support and loving treatment of dad in his final days of life.
A night owl, John might roller blade to Stanley Park at 1:00 am and treat himself to a chocolate bar from the Dollar Store, or No Frills. However, most nights he was on his computer educating himself in quantum physics, astronomy or whatever piqued his interest. It was always a deep dive into whatever subject he explored. John took great pride in the care he took in composing emails and texts to family and friends.
John insisted on doing-it-himself, especially when it came to projects around the Bat Cave. He researched projects thoroughly and believed: Why pay someone else when he could learn to do it himself, and have it done to exacting standards? It might take an inordinate amount of time, but it would definitely be under budget.
John loved to travel. Whether it was camping in the Sahara, climbing Kilimanjaro, walking on the Salt Flats of Utah, the rocks in Bryce National Park or driving and sleeping in his car in the far reaches of Northern B.C. and the Yukon, John felt that each trip helped make him a citizen of planet earth. Each trip was meticulously planned and well under budget.
John was in awe of the beauty of nature and was most at peace while looking at the starry sky above the deserts, mountains, and landscapes that he loved so much.
May these magnificent places welcome his spirit for eternity.
(In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Vancouver Hospice Society https://www.vancouverhospice.org/support-us/donate/ )
Celebration of Life ceremonies will be held in Vancouver and Toronto. More details to follow.