1933 - 2019
On May 23, 2019, John (Jack) Lyman Coulthart of Swan River, Manitoba passed away at the age of 85 years.
He is survived by: his loving wife, Marjorie; three sons, Douglas and Cindy, Cam and Anne, Stuart and Tracy; eight grandchildren, Stuart, Rene (Tyler), Tyler, Aaron-Marie, Travis, Jay (Stephanie), Dane and Cramer (Keera); eight great grandchildren, Rhayne, Cameron, Emma, Kyra, Ryder, Jessa, Lincoln, and Levi; three half-sisters, Maude Snow, Sandra Drysdale, and Violet Van Landeghem; two half-sisters, Connie Lagimodiere and Marianne Greenwood; two half-brothers, Ken and Brian Murphy.
Jack was predeceased by: his parents, Edythe Coulthart and Kingsley Murphy; step-father, Almon Cotton; step-mother, Cicilia Murphy; two step-brothers, Bill and Mervyn Cotton; three step-sisters: Louise Cotton, Phyllis Schultz and Mavis Maguire; great grandchild, Dean Kushniryk.
Jack was born October 1, 1933 in Durban Manitoba, essentially living his entire life in the Swan River Valley.
He completed grade school in Swan River and subsequently studied business at the University of Manitoba.
Jack was no stranger to work. In his early years, he sold cars at Metcalf Motors and worked at both the Department of Highways and the Swan River Post Office. In 1960, Jack started his thirty-four year, career with the Swan Valley School Division, a job he totally loved.
Jack married the love of his life, Marjorie Rosetta Ferguson, on September 8, 1954. They shared almost sixty-five years of marriage, raising a family and enjoying good times with family and friends.
In 1994, he retired and moved into the next phase of his life, travelling and enjoying life even more! In retirement, they travelled to many parts of the world, with Australia’s gold coast topping the list of favourites. They also purchased a place in Weslaco and spent over ten seasons enjoying beaches and happy hours as Winter-Texans.
Jack was a member of the Swan River Legion Branch No. 35. In 1952, he joined the 26th Field Battalion Artillery as a Bombardier and he had many stories of these relished times. Jack was also active as a Mason and a Shriner, which provided many gratifying charity experiences and social opportunities. In recent years, he coordinated patient transportation for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Jack was an avid sports fan and loved the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Swan Valley Stampeders. The NHL, CFL, curling, and golf commanded a lot of his spare time.
Jack will be missed by all his family, friends and community.
The memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. from St. James Anglican Church, Swan River, Manitoba, with Pastor Bob Lewis officiating. Interment followed in the Birchwood Cemetery, Swan River, Manitoba.
If friends so desire, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to: CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9, or to: Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10 – 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4G2.
Swan Valley Funeral Services
363 Kelsey Trail, Swan River, Manitoba