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Jack Dice

July 9, 1923 - January 27, 2019


Jack Dice 95 years, passed away on Sunday January 27, 2019. The son of Powell River pioneers, Sam & Eva Dice, Jack was born in the Townsite in 1923 the second of four siblings, Mildred, Jack, Sam, and Bill. Jack is survived by his wife Alice, Sister in law Betty Dice, sons Brian (Mary), Bob (Kathryn), six grandkids, ten great grandkids and 20+ nephews and nieces.

Jack grew up during the Powell River Company 1930’s blacklisting period and thereafter was quick to take a stand against moral injustice. In the early 1940’s, he began millwork as an apprentice, retiring in the 1980’s as an electrical superintendent.

In 1949 he married Alice Johnson, the youngest, of the building construction family (Burg & Johnson) her siblings were Harold, Henry, Heimer, & Olga. In the early 1950’s Jack and Alice had two sons, Brian and Bob.

Jack’s lifelong passion was Powell Lake, and in the 1950’s with Henry Johnson they built their cabins on Cassiar Island, where Dices and Johnsons – uncles, aunts, dozens of cousins and friends would gather for fun.

A lifelong volunteer, Jack spent countless hours fixing friend’s electrical and mechanical problems. As a community volunteer he was a driving force in the wiring of the old Willingdon Beach Arena, the construction of the Shingle Mill and Mowat Bay boat ramps, and the Cranberry Senior Centre.

Jack was an activist and avid ‘letter to the editor’ writer. He was a key member of the Herring 88 advocacy group and the Concerned Citizens Coalition that prevented proposed landfills in our local watersheds and with his pal Herb Gawley they pressed for the protection and cleanup of Myrtle Creek. Politicians of all levels and all political parties were Jack’s targets as he advocated for environmental, social, and tax reforms.

His hobbies were gardening, fishing, tool shopping, and travelling in his camper. He enjoyed engaging house guests in his favorite topics, politics and health.

Cruelly, dementia robbed him of his abilities – the decline was no fun – so, much thanks to the amazing staff at Willingdon Creek, to Dr White, to family and friends for their support and to Alice his wife of 70 years for keeping the family together while Jack was out saving the planet. Jack’s motto was “to leave the world a better place than he found it” – and for the areas that he was able to influence, he certainly did.


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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Anne Parker
Relation: long time family friend

We are sending our sympathies to all of you for a very long life well lived. He was a great friend to our dad Hap Parker and our uncle Gerry Parker who made it a priority to visit when he came visiting from Washington State. The City will miss this Powell River pioneer, but not as much as his family. Rest in Peace.

The Parker family

From: John Hughes
Relation: My sister in law was married to Olga's son Rick. I also worked with Jack in the mill.

I’m sorry for your loss.

From: Steve Short
Relation: Friend of his brother, Bill.

I new the Legend, long before I ever met him. His brother Bill spoke of him, told stories about him, often. When I finally met Jack, he just
wanted to tell stories about Bill.

From: Kim Lessor
Relation: Friend

So very sorry for your loss Miss Alice. He was a very good friend to my father Doug Lessor for many many years. Jack was a wonderful generous friend.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
February 16, 2019
Beginning at 1:00pm

Powell River Town Centre Hotel
4660 Joyce Avenue
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 3B6

4660 Joyce Avenue
Powell River, BC Canada V8A 3B6

Memorial Gifts

Flowers gratefully declined.  Donations may be made to the Powell River Health Care Auxiliary if desired.

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