Friday, March 19, 2021

With the passing of John McNish, one of Prince Rupert's grandest of men has bid us adieu

John McNish  at a Rotary
function a few years ago. His
family has announced his passing
this month at the age of 88
Residents of the North Coast  will be saddened to hear of the passing of one of the legendary names of Prince Rupert, with word that John McNish passed away on March13th at the age of 88. 

The long time Rupertite having served as a community figure in a number of capacities for decades since he and his wife Grace arrived in the city back in 1965.

As the advisory of his passing in the Northern View obituary section notes, Mr. McNish enjoyed people, sports, politics, public service, reading, supporting the arts at the Lester Centre, and a good conversation. 

And indeed that is quite the perfect synopsis of gentleman. 

A short comment on the baseball season would result in a master's class on the sport, complete with anecdotes about players you once read about in sports journals coming to life in folksy account, leading you to think his circle of acquaintances and friends was one which made for a very expansive list.

His passion for politics was well known in the region as was his community service which ranks among some of his greatest contributions to the region, serving as he did as one of the key members of the local Rotary Club as well as a long serving member of the Chamber of Commerce, to name but a few of his answers to the call of community.

We often made note of his appearances as part of the annual Rotary Auction, observing how his segments and contributions to that event made for a most enjoyable travel through the history of Prince Rupert; an oral account that provided us all with a glimpse of the past and his ever present enthusiasm and ongoing hope for the future of the community he called home.

Easily approachable, he left most anyone who ever stopped to chat feeling better for the encounter and offered civility in times when many of us seem to have forgotten such things.

Condolences to the McNish family as the community mourns his passing.

You can review the account of a life well lived from the Northern View here and sign on to offer condolences as well.

More community notes can be found from our archive page here.

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