BILLINGHAM, John William “Jack”

March 12, 1931 – January 11, 2013

John (Jack) William Billingham passed away peacefully on January 11, 2013, at the Bethany Care Centre in Cochrane, Alberta at 81 years of age. He was born March 12, 1931 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, the only child to Witt and Eva (Hall) Billingham. Jack spent his early years in Portage la Prairie, where he attended East Prospect School. After his marriage to Carol in 1954, they relocated to Calgary. Jack spent his working years in the aviation industry. He and Carol enjoyed dancing, music and socializing with their very large circle of friends. Near and dear to his heart were the times spent with friends from the Rustler’s RV club.

Jack was predeceased by his wife Carol, in 2005, to whom he was happily married for 50 years.
He is lovingly remembered by his sons, David (Heather), Gregg (MaryAnne) and Bruce (Tisha), and his beloved grandchildren Katie, Beth-Ellen, Lene, and Rory.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 15, 114 – 5th Avenue West, Cochrane, Alberta, on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 1:00 PM. Cremation has taken place.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jack’s memory may be made to the Bethany Care Centre, Cochrane, 302 Quigley Drive, Cochrane, Alberta T4C 1X9 or or The Kidney Foundation, 6007 – 1A Street S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2H 0G5

  1. On 15/01/2013 at 7:10 pm Bev and Dallas High Said:

    Dear Dave,Heather,Katie,Beth-Ellen and all of Jack’s family
    So sorry to hear of Jack’s passing away. He was a dear friend to both of us. Jack was a true gentleman, honest steadfast, gentle and had a great sense of humor. Along with our friendship we shared many a martini with the absolutely perfect drop of vermouth. Jack adored his family and they were a source of stregth for hime after Carol passed away. We will cherish all the good times shared over the years with both your parents. We’ll raise our glases with a toast to Jack on the day of his funeral.

    Sincerely, Dallas and Bev High

  2. On 16/01/2013 at 3:20 pm Ross and Ellenore Campbell Said:

    Dave, Heather and all of the Billingham family: We have many great memories of happy times with Carol and Jack over the years we were Rustlers together. Jack was a fine man, quiet but with a wonderful sense of humor. The sparkle in his eye, his wicked little smile and laugh were truly genuine ~ everyone loved him. We are sorry he has gone but know he leaves lasting memories with his family and friends. Ross and Ellenore Campbell

  3. On 17/01/2013 at 7:17 am Curt & Bonnie Carruthers Said:

    Having worked with Jack for a number of years at FIELD AVIATION, I would extend our condolences to his family. We have very positive memories of Jack with his smile , laugh and great outlook on life. He was a indeed a great chap to work with, a pleasure indeed. Rest In Peace our ole friend

  4. On 17/01/2013 at 9:10 am Noel and Angela Stabler Said:

    We would liked to have officially recorded our sadness on never having met Jack because until a few years ago,the link had been lost. He was clearly a very special person to you all and we would like the whole family to know just how much we are thinking about them.
    With all our love
    Noel and Angela xx
    Yorkshire, England

  5. On 17/01/2013 at 2:38 pm Ray Muxworthy Said:

    It is with great sadness that I just learned of Jack,s passing. I knew Jack at Field Aviation many years ago when he worked in parts stores. He was very efficient at his job & I particularly remember his big smile & sense of humour as he brought parts & hardware to us at the counter. My sincere condolenses to his family. Ray Muxworthy, Creston, BC.

  6. On 17/01/2013 at 3:21 pm Dianne and Bob Elson Said:

    To Dave, Heather and all the Billingham family
    We are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing, we have so many wonderful memories of both Jack and Carol. They made camping with the Rustler’s so much fun for all of us. The hiking, card playing, and the many happy hours along with all the laughter. Jack and Carol both had such a great sense of humor and they will truly be missed. We hope that the many memories that you have of your parents will get you through this most difficult time. Dianne and Bob Elson

  7. On 20/01/2013 at 3:59 pm Dean Zwicker and Family (Halifax) Said:

    My sincere condolences to the Billingham family with your loss of Jack. In the mid nineties via my long lost cousin Heather and her husband Dave I had the pleasure of being introduced to Jack ,Carol and the Billingham clan. I was quickly and easily accepted into the family and thoroughly enjoyed Jack’s easy humor, welcoming and steadfast personality and wonderfully suttle grace. He will be missed. Rest in Peace Jack.

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