John Crerar 1964 — 2018

John Crerar

John of Kamloops, BC passed away suddenly on January 28, 2018 in a snowmobile accident.  Survived by his beloved partner Melina, his sons Vincent  and Kyle (Brittany),  mother Susan Oswald, father John (Mary), brother Rick (Colleen), sister Lisa (Paul & Aaron) and his faithful companions Char Char and Saber.  Predeceased by his maternal and paternal grandparents and his step-father, Ralph Oswald.


John loved life and anything with a motor.   He was fortunate enough to be able to turn that passion into a career, spending the last 11 years as a Maintenance Supervisor at Arrow Transportation.   John enjoyed his work and regarded his Arrow Transportation colleagues as his extended family.

“We will never forget John or his laugh but are comforted to know the family and friends that have gone before John are now once again able to enjoy his laugh in Heaven”

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Barriere Search and Rescue, Kamloops Search and Rescue or Wells Gray Search and Rescue in John’s name would be appreciated.

Celebration of life to be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 1:00pm in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Dr., Kamloops, BC.  Reception to follow.


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21 Tributes

  1. Dale McDonald
    Posted February 5, 2018 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    John was a true gentleman, whether it was work or play John gave it his all.He will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him.My condolences to his family and friends.

    Dale McDonald

  2. Grant Bourdon
    Posted February 6, 2018 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of working with John for many years here at Peterbilt, he was always fair and a pleasure to deal with. He will be greatly missed by everyone in the trucking industry. I would like to express our heart felt condolences to his family and close friends, from everyone here at Peterbilt.

  3. Eva
    Posted February 6, 2018 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Condolences to his family & friends, I have a lot of fond of fond memories, John will be missed.

  4. Theresa Picco Pinion
    Posted February 6, 2018 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    You will be greatly missed by everyone. May you Rest in Peace. Our condolences to your family and friends.

  5. Cecelia Hart
    Posted February 6, 2018 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    From the bottom of my heart I wish to express my sorrow and condolences to John’s family and friends. I knew John when he was a little boy. He had an infectious laugh, a beautiful smile and hypnotic eyes. Rest in peace dear John and may God welcome you to Paradise. You will be missed beyond belief. Auntie Cecelia

  6. Erich Schmidt
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Words can’t express how saddened we were to hear about this. John was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. On behalf of Peterbilt, please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help through these trying times.

  7. Kim and Gord
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    John was our neighbor who became a good friend who was there for me when my guy was away and I needed a vehicle fix or just to watch him “test” drive his car and lay rubber in the cul de sac. We are truly heartfelt for his partner Melina and his family

  8. Krissie and Murray
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    So sorry for the families loss he was full of life. And lived his life to the fullest

  9. Barbara Brunet
    Posted February 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Melina talked and talked about John. All good of cours. My condolences to the family and to you my friend Melina.

  10. Ashley
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    A truly amazing man and someone that will be missed by all who knew him

  11. Lisa McNair
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    My deepest sympathy Melina and to all of the family for this tragic loss. As mentioned by others, John was full of life and laughter. He will be sorely missed.

  12. Wanda Thompson
    Posted February 8, 2018 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Glad to have known this man. Condolences and big hugs to his family and friends.

  13. kaylee boyce
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 2:20 am | Permalink

    You will always be my uncle John, And forever in my heart and memories. You were so good to me and I will never forget that. Years ago you made a huge sacrifice and took me and my brother into your home and helped raise us. You gave us a chance, a place to call home. You taught me so many things, like how to ride a dirt bike of course (brap brappppp). You were my father figure and if it wasn’t for you and auntie I don’t think I would be where I am today. Every time I look at the boys I see you, in there manourisms, there hard work ethic, and there thrill to ride anything fast. You were a big part of my life and I’m truly thankful for you. I’ll be having a glass of crown for you tonight, cuz I know damn well your having a glass up there hanging with Danny, so cheers Uncle John, I love you.

  14. Matt Cook
    Posted February 9, 2018 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    John, my friend, I’m going to miss seeing you on my trips to Kamloops. Miss your “expert advice”. I’ll always remember our early morning walk around Victoria, by the time we got back we had solved the world’s problems.

    Look forward to seeing you again in the future, you’re going to be greatly missed.


    Posted February 11, 2018 at 1:07 pm | Permalink


  16. Posted February 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    WTF!!! Just found out this morning, & now the whole day has gone dark! Melina, Kyle, & Vince, if there’s ANYTHING you need from the Stevens’ family, you don’t hesitate to call. I’m really miffed I didn’t know about this horrible event in time to be there for ya. I’ve known him since high school, back in Richmond, & without a doubt he was one of the most stable & happy people I had the pleasure to party with, ALWAYS first with a laugh & never refused a shot. We’ll hoist a couple when next I see ya bud!

  17. Lou Stevens
    Posted February 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    What a tragedy when you’re out in nature enjoying life. I met John at my brother’s, Dan Stevens, Celebration of Life last May. I knew a lot of Dan’s other friends when we were growing up but I had never met John. He struck me as an honest, caring and happy man. I live near 70 Mile House so I told him if him and the family were ever up that way to make sure to stop for a visit. We exchanged phone numbers and when last year’s wildfires were raging all around, he texted me often to see if I needed help and offering a place to stay at his home. My heartfelt condolences go out to Melina, Kyle and Vince and the rest of the family. I know John and Dan are up there having a wee nip of the good stuff and discussing hot, custom cars!

  18. Martin Brace
    Posted February 22, 2018 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear about this. I met John after being involved in Arrows new building a few years back. Always enjoyed chatting with him about his Nova and bikes. A real straight shooter and stand up guy. RIP my friend.

  19. Don Hays
    Posted February 27, 2018 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Lots of Fun… a straight shooter, full of life, great car guy… condolences to Melina, Kyle, and Vincent…

  20. Jeanne Olineck
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Melina. I am so so sorry to hear of John’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and to John’s family.

  21. Sean Lang
    Posted April 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Just found out about this! John (Blondie) was my former brother in law and at times, acted as a big brother. I havent seen him in years but always kept him close to heart. He taught me toughness and strength and not to suffer fools.
    My deepest symphathies to the entire family, but especialy to Lisa. I am truly sad for your loss, Lisa, and hope you are dealing with this as best as you can.

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