John Abrahams died Feb.7, 2006. He was born Oct. 20, 1921 in the Crimea, Russia.
His family immigrated to Canada in 1926, settling in Saskatchewan, then moving to Yarrow, B.C. when John was a teenager. He was a conscientious objector during the war, serving in sawmill camps.
He married Gertrude Giesbrecht Sept. 21, 1946. The couple's mission in life was to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
John went to northern B.C. for his first teaching post, travelling two days in an old panel truck with Gertie sitting on an apple box. The ensuing years were hard for the family, living in the wilderness without running water, electricity, or stores nearby.
In 1955, they moved to Prince George, B.C. John was a well-loved, soft-spoken teacher.
He also worked fervently for the Lord, helping establish a church. He served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent, and sang in the choir. John's strength, morality, and stoicism inspired his friends and family.
The memorial service was at Westwood Church (MB), Prince George.