It is with great sadness the family announces the unexpected passing of Jack Wilander at the age of 74 on Sunday May 2, 2021
Remaining to forever cherish his memory are his children Kerryann (George) Jack (Celina); step children Tara, Shawn (Cathy); grandchildren Michael (Teri) Alex (LaKeisha), Jeramy; step grandchildren Tyler, Tasha, Mateo, Marla, Lucas and McKenna; brother Rob (Linda); niece Stacey (Scott); nephew Stephen (Marci); great grandchild Luke; great niece Callee and great nephews Jaxon and Logan.
Jack was predeceased by his parents Fred and Vi, wife Marilyn and grandson Anthony.
Jack was born in Campbell River on April 13, 1947. At the age of 6 he was adopted to Fred and Vi Wilander. Jack loved music and played guitar and drums. He was in a band called the Tamarlanes in his younger years.
Jack met Diane in 1971 and they were married in 1973. They had two children Kerryann and Jack Jr. Jack worked at Field Sawmill starting in 1975 until retirement. During the 70’s and 80’s while raising his family Jack continued to play with various bands around Vancouver Island. Jack and Diane divorced in 1987. Jack then remarried in 1993 to Marilyn. Jack then gained two step children Tara and Shawn.
Jack later found out that he had a biological brother named Rob. They met in 1996. With that Jack gained a sister-in-law Linda and a niece Stacey and nephew Stephen.
Jack and Marilyn moved to Gold River in 2006. Jack started to play drums again with the band “Nothing Serious” and they played at the legion. Marilyn passed away in 2014 and Jack eventually moved back to Comox in 2016.
In May of 2020 Jack moved to Manitoba to live with his daughter Kerryann. Although Jack loved being closer to his children, he said the Prairies were too cold for him and he missed his friends, beaches and mountains. Dad was planning on moving back to Comox this May.
The family would like to express they're thanks to the first responders, doctors and his amazing nurses at the Selkirk General Hospital palliative care unit. Your compassion shown to Dad and family will be forever appreciated.
With respect to Jacks wishes cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held in Comox, BC when it is safe and allowed to travel again. The family will notify friends and family on a future date.
Dad talked a lot about his dog Levi that passed away many years ago. Said he wished he had a dog again. Well, now Dad you can be with Levi and all of your other family and friends that went before you. Keep the music in your soul, the sand in your toes and the love that we have for you in your heart. Until we meet again.
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