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Eight Bells: John Evetts

Published on January 23rd, 2018

John Evetts fought the fight but Alzheimer’s disease took him at 77 years on January 15, 2018. He leaves his wife and best friend Marion, his two sons Lloyd (Tara) and Alan (Deirdre), and friends and relatives in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

John came to Canada in the late sixties, finally arriving in Vancouver in 1970 where he set up his business, Alvis Marine, combining his training in mechanical engineering, his love of sailing and a slightly competitive instinct. Over the years he and his team built, repaired and modified countless boats.

John greatly enjoyed his work, particularly talking to the sailing community – discussing design of the Evetts 31 (above), the Pirates for the training of cadets in the Canadian Forces, or youth in the lower mainland sailing clubs; and the Tasars for the competitive sailors.

John loved Canada, from camping in the snow in the Laurentian Mountains to skiing in BC; the winds and the ocean and watching a beautiful sunset. He enjoyed it all. His family is most grateful for the wonderful care he received at Capilano Care Center and especially the last few years at Kiwanis Care Home.

John’s wonderful enthusiasm for life and the occasional mischievous glance will be missed!


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