John “Jack” Letson, born on February 6, 1925, in Edinburgh, Scotland, passed away on June 28, 2023. He was known as Jack to his family. John was preceded in death by his parents, John Elder and Lilias Orr, his wife Joan, his daughter Barb, and his sisters Lily and Margaret. He is survived by his children Debbie, Rob, and David, son-in-law Dan Lonsdale, grandchildren Megan, Scott, and Laura, great-grandchildren Eden, Will, Ollie, and Myles, and beloved nieces and nephews in Scotland.
At the age of 15 in 1940, John enlisted in the Merchant Navy and later transferred to the Royal Navy in 1943. He served aboard the escort carrier H.M.S. Empress in Vancouver, B.C. After two years in the Far East, he was honorably discharged. Upon returning to Scotland, John worked for J.E. Frew and Sons and played professional football with Falkirk Football Club.
John’s fond memories of Vancouver led him to immigrate to Canada in May 1948. He secured a job at the Vancouver Sun while continuing his soccer career with Vancouver City in the Pacific Coast League. He later played for Lobbans Football Club where he achieved victories in the Imperial Cup and the League Cup.
In 1962, John and his family moved to Tsawwassen, where he continued his employment at the Vancouver Sun until retirement. Beyond work, he enjoyed golf and recreational soccer, coaching juvenile soccer, and representing Delta in the B.C. Soccer Association. He also dedicated his time to volunteer work with the Sacred Heart Parish community and the Knights of Columbus, earning an honorary life membership at the age of 88.
John was a committed member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 61, Ladner) and the Burma Star Veterans’ Association. Until the age of 96, he participated in the Remembrance Day Ceremonies, marching from the Ladner Legion to the Cenotaph, inspired by the sound of bagpipes.
John will be fondly remembered for his radiant smile and captivating blue eyes that lit up when he saw his loved ones. He was known for his beautiful singing voice, sense of humor, and his unwavering love of family. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor at a later date. Donations to the Delta Hospital Foundation or B.C. Children’s Hospital in John’s memory would be sincerely appreciated.