Tribute Image

John Joseph

November 6th, 1935 - November 4th, 2022
Write a Tribute Arbutus Send FlowersSend Flowers

John (Sean) Joseph Macken was born in Dublin Ireland on November 6 1935. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 21 with pennies in his pocket. He met his soulmate in 1958 and they where married on February 23, 1963. Together they never looked back, he created a beautiful life for his four 4 children 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He loved fiercely! Christmas was his favourite time of year! He brought joy to children and emerged himself in the magic of giving. He never passed a person in need without offering assistance. His soul and heart where kind loving and giving! To his kids and grandchildren he was their hero! To his wife he was her partner her friend and her forever love. Heaven gained a great man as we lost our husband/dad/grandpa/ great grandfather/brother. John will be loving remembered by his loving wife Kathleen, his children Carmel (Christos),Shawn (Laura), Patrick, his grandchildren Michelle (Ian), Sean (Jessica) Amanda (Jesse), James (Rebecca), Kathleen, Connor (Krysten)) Alyson (Ethan) ) Randy (Morgan). great grand children Jack, Joseph, Luca, Quinn and Thomas, sister Patty and all who know him. Predeceased by his daughter Bernadette (survived by Michael).  View Tribute Book.


Michelle Mack
December 1st, 2022
Tribute Image


You were a piller of strength while a grew up. You were the man who tought me about God, the importance of manners and so much more. I've cried on your shoulder, laughed at your jokes and alway able to count on you. One of my fondest memories of you is the silly song you used to sing to us in the morning before school. I now sing that same song to my son every day. You are missed, and loved by all. Thank you for always being there.

Rest in peace

Cara Bissonnette
December 1st, 2022
Tribute Image

To my dearest friend Carmel and the entire family, you have my sincerest condolences for your loss of this incredible man. He was probably one of the most jolliest people I knew. So many years ago, I met him for the first time, and he was dressed as Santa Claus! I remember him handing out the gifts and cracking jokes all night long. Over time, I got to know the family so well - John always dressed in his finest, including that tie and jacket. He never went anywhere without it. His presence was felt by everyone with that charming smile and that wonderful laugh. I was going to work one day in Vancouver and I was on the bus. The bus stopped and on walked John, again in his finest clothes - tie and all - heading to Vancouver. He saw me and we sat together for that ride into the city and he made me laugh the entire way. I won't forget it!

May you all take comfort knowing this incredible human being was a gift from God of love and laughter. Rest in Peace John. We will see you again!

Cara Bissonnette
December 1st, 2022
Tribute Image

Roisin Clarke
December 1st, 2022

A man to look up to for strength and truth and of course love. You have been there for so many people in good times and bad and you will be sorely missed. We hope that you find comfort with your loved ones already in heaven. We will miss you hear on earth until we meet again.
Love, Roisin, Scott and Viola

Amanda Clay
December 1st, 2022
Tribute Image

I don't think I can simply come up with one memory of Grandpa to share, simply because there isn't one memory that he wasn’t a part of.

My grandpa was always there. On my first day of school, every Sports day or Christmas concert, he was there. So I guess I’ll share what I hope he will always be remembered for…

I hope my grandpa will be remembered for being rich. Not because he charged $20 for a cup of tea or because he pocketed every spare peace of change he found laying on the ground, but because of 1 Timothy 6:17-18 that explains to us that to be rich we must do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. This is what makes us wealthy by God’s standards, and this is what made Grandpa rich.

I hope my grandpa is always remembered for his boyish sense of humor. For making babies ROAR with laughter and making strangers blush.

I hope he is remembered for his kindness. For helping old ladies from their cars to their seats at church and for always offering a cup of tea to guests.

I hope he is remembered for always having an open door at his house. For helping family get back on their feet, including me when I was lost and broken hearted.

He shaped my understanding of love and set my expectations for what a loving marriage looks like. He was a doting Husband, an attentive father, and a soft-hearted grandfather.

He was rich in Godly good deeds.

Write a Tribute

Please Note: Your tribute will NOT be posted until reviewed and approved by one of our staff.