John Peter Crispin

Born 4th of November 1955 in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario
Passed on the 12th of November 2015, in Coquitlam, BC
Loving Son, Brother, Father & Friend
Survived by his son Eric and daughter Joni as well as his sisters Dona, Debra and his brother Richard.

John’s parents moved the family to Deep River when he was two. He attended St. Mary’s School and then Mackenzie High School, where he met his future wife Carolyn, the mother of his two children.

After several cross-country moves, John and his family settled in Port Coquitlam where he established a successful sign and display business. John was very artistically creative and was well respected amongst his peers. He was a caring father, with a quick mind and a sharp sense of humour. Then unfortunately Multiple Sclerosis entered his life and eventually forced him to give up his sign business and then sadly his true passion, sailing. In spite of his many physical challenges, John still managed to achieve a SFU postgraduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems as well as a Vancouver Film School certificate in Comprehensive New Media. This would have been an achievement in itself, but was all the more remarkable given that the demands of MS meant he had to endure 90 minutes of travel each way in a wheelchair to attend his courses.

For more than a decade, John designed logos and posters for several non-profit conservation and ecotourism organizations. As well he designed and managed their websites. As a colleague stated, ‘I had such immense respect and admiration for John as a professional but mostly, I admired and was humbled by the person he was. Sharp-witted, generous of his time, and patient. The way he lived his life taught me more about ‘acceptance’ than anyone I know, or likely will ever know. I am a better person for having known him.’

Now the devastating pain that tortured John these past years is gone and he is free of the torment this disease inflicted on his body, mind, and soul. At last he is at peace. We will deeply miss him and always love him.

Celebration of Life
A Celebration of John’s life is taking place at 2:00pm, Friday November 20. 2015 Garden Hill Funeral Home,
11765 224 St, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 6A5
(604) 463-8161

Expressions of sympathy can be made below.

Contact information:

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school with John at St Mary’s in Deep River. He was a very good friend. I still remember his awesome artwork. He was so talented and a really fun guy to hang out with. Although we lost contact many years ago I never forgot him and often thought about him. May he rest in peace.

  2. We lost touch with John over the past many years, However, we have many fond memories of times spent with him, Carol Joni and Eric years ago. They were the first Lower Mainlanders that we met on a rainy December night when our car went head first into a Surrey ditch outside their home. John didn’t hesitate, just hitched up his pickup truck and tried to pull it out (to no avail, we had to call CAA, but we had a great conversation with John, in the rain, waiting for the truck to show up). We shared many evenings over the years, sharing meals, drinks and companionship.

    John was a friendly, intelligent and creative guy and we always marvelled at his artistic abilities. Fate dealt him a lousy hand with MS and the trials and suffering that followed. We hope that he’s now found the comfort, peace and freedom from pain that he richly deserves.

    RIP Johnny.

  3. I’ve only just found out today about John’s passing. I last spoke with him in October about some work related items. Sometimes we’d go months without talking and then a flurry of activity would happen. I’d known John since we connected in 2006. He was always willing to learn and his attitude always encouraged me to teach him as much as I could. His was a name that I always recognized and smiled at when an email came in. I’ll miss that. Peace to you my friend. Thanks for being a light in my life.

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