LAIRD, John (Jack)

April 28, 1931 – Clydebank, Scotland

January 5, 2020 – Cochrane, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that we announce that John (Jack) Laird passed away on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at the Bethany Care Center at the age of 88 years. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Louise Laird.

Jack came to Canada from Scotland at the age of 26. Prior to arriving in Canada, he spent a couple years with the Royal Air Force in Glasgow where he began his career as an Electrician working on military aircraft. In the later years of his career, as an Electrical Inspector, his work and expertise took him on many journeys where he was often accompanied by Louise. After retiring, his pleasure turned to camping and fishing and they enjoyed many summer months at their site near Sundre. He enjoyed tinkering, building & doing repairs around their home as well as at the campsite. Jack enjoyed music and singing and often entertained his family and friends with songs memorized in his youth. Although some could be considered inappropriate, he never failed to entertain and bring laughter to those he shared his talent with. Many in Cochrane will likely remember Jack from the Cochrane Legion, as he was a dedicated member and enjoyed playing darts.

Besides his wife Louise, Jack is survived by siblings Robert Laird (Aryana) of England, Sam Laird (Merit) of Norway, Morris Laird of Carstairs, AB, and friend Margaret Hammitt, children John Laird (Lynda), Stephen Laird, Jeff Laird (Ann), Heather Laird (Jon), Cameron Laird (Keri), step-daughter Teresa Sylvestre (Tony) & step daughter-in-law Dawn Lewis (Derek), Brother-in-laws Harvey Hogarth, Bob Hogarth (June) and John Hogarth, grandchildren Laura Benoit, Kristin Benoit, Kali Laird, Aidan Laird, step-grandchildren Dylan Cummings, Brendan Lewis, Danika Lewis and step great-granddaughter Willow Labelle, and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was predeceased by his brother Jim Laird, Sister Molly Elrick (Fred) and stepson Derek Lewis.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Robert Mclaughlin for his dedicated support and the caring staff at the Bethany Care Center.

At Jack’s request, no service will be held, but the family invites you to join them at the Cochrane Legion on Saturday, January 18th @ 12:00 pm, to celebrate & remember him with a “toast”.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Alison (Allie) Van Arnam, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

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  1. On January 14, 2020 at 10:29 am Dave and Patricia Buckler Said:

    Dear Louise and family treasure the memories you hold dear he will always just be a thought away

  2. On January 14, 2020 at 1:04 pm Gloria Johnson Said:

    Dear Louise and family. My sincere condolences on the passing of Jack. Many many good, fun and cherished memories from our Westward Ho camping years.

  3. On January 14, 2020 at 1:55 pm Mona Sylvestre Said:

    Louise and family my condolences may Jack now rest in peace.
    I am sorry that I can’t attend on the 18th . Will talk soon.

  4. On January 14, 2020 at 9:29 pm Heather and Jon Said:

    Louise, we will not make it but will toast Dad and think of him and his songs. Love you and big hugs xo

  5. On January 19, 2020 at 11:39 am Fred & Darlene Elrick Said:

    “DEATH leaves a memory no one can heal, LOVE leaves memory no one can steal”…Irish Headstone
    With Deepest Sympathy on the loss of Uncle Jack.