The family of Jack Edward Nugent announce his passing in WCGH on Oct. 6. We extend our appreciation for Jack’s care, to Westhaven staff, Dr. Daryl Lund and the nursing staff at WCGH.
Jack leaves his wife of 57 years, Marie and four children to mourn his passing; son, Allen (Anne) of Sydney, Australia; daughter, Laurie Deelman (Paul) of Powell River; daughter, Marilee of Montreal/Italy; son, Mark (Catherine) of Phoenix, Arizona; grandchildren, Kirina (Curt) Stothers and Brendan (Katie) Deelman of BC; great-grandchildren, Elika & Emillie Stothers and new baby, McKenna Deelman.
Jack was born in 1923, in Fort William, Ontario. He served in the RCAF during WWll. Jack graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949. He was hired as a reporter by the Kingston-Whig Standard newspaper, upon graduation. Jack went on to become Editor of Flight Comment, the RCAF’s safety magazine.
In 1965, Jack became Editor of The Labour Gazette (the 9th editor since McKenzie King), in Ottawa, Ontario. Over the next few years, he transformed it from a dreary chronicle of facts and figures, into a lively, informative and eminently readable magazine.
Jack moved his young family to Victoria, BC in 1975, to begin working for the Provincial Government (NDP) in a newly created position, as Director of Information Services, Ministry of Labour. He remained here until his retirement in the early 1980’s.
Jack and Marie followed their daughter to Port Alberni in 1994, to be near their two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held for the family, in the Sanctuary of the Unitarian Church, Oak St., Vancouver, BC on Oct. 16. A special thank you is extended to the staff at Chapel of Memories, Port Alberni for assisting the family.