Obituary – John Henry Hayes McMillan


John Henry Hayes McMillan

May 8, 1927 – February 6, 2022

Forever in our hearts.

Always happy to be called John, Jack or Mac ...

Many will remember him fondly from his involvement in band activities, particularly the Kitsilano Boys’ Band. He was an avid cornet player for many years.

John graduated from the University of British Colombia as a professional engineer in 1950. Throughout his successful career in the pulp and paper industry, he was a driven team player and leader. He was well respected in North America and internationally for his work in marketing, sales, mill management and consulting.

John was truly a family man. A loving husband, father and provider. Married in 1953 for 69 years to Evelyn ‘Doreen’ McMillan together raising five children: Nancy, Janet, Susan (Pat), Diane (Spyros), and John. He adored his grandchildren: Laura (Jay), Tyler, Kelsey (Dillan), Sean, Mariah, Evie and Will. He was just getting to know his great grandchildren: Finley, Marlowe, Brynn and Lachlan.

John traveled the world to explore, follow family roots, visit family in Greece and to experience other cultures.

Upon retirement, John and Doreen purchased a property in Point Roberts which became the focus of family gatherings. The cottage was his true passion in later years. John was happiest spending most weekends there over the 28 years it was in the family.

Our family thanks the staff of Hollyburn House and Sunrise of Lynn Valley for their provision of care for independent and supported living over John’s final years.

A Celebration of Life was held February 22 at the Pinnacle Hotel in N. Vancouver.

Donations to your favourite charity in lieu of flowers.