BRICKENDEN, John Sidney - Born in London, Ontario, January 13, 1925. Died at University Hospital in London on June 1, 2012, surrounded by the great joys of his life, his family, a room filled with flowers and a Beethoven piano concerto. Jack's greatest joy all his life was his family, most particularly his beloved wife Ruth who was his companion, scrabble opponent, stalwart supporter and best friend for more than 70 years. Predeceased by his son Rick (Frederick) who died in an accident at the age of 18, and his brothers Frederick and Charles, he is survived by his wife Ruth Ann, daughters Frances Barnett (Will), Carol Brickenden, Patricia MacGillivray (John-David) and eight enchanting grandchildren, Gregory, Patrick, Adam, Cameron, Emily, Claire, Anna and Christian. As a print, radio and television journalist he enjoyed exploring the world around him and, in particular, his own exciting country. He was author of two books about Canada. He wrote under eight by-lines. He was recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Travel Media Association of Canada. Beyond his family, Jack's interests included music, aviation, travel and broadcasting history. He assembled Canada's first broadcasting museum in 1960 and was a member of the Canadian Museums Association and the American Association of Museums. For 25 years he headed his own communications company, J.S. Brickenden and Associates Inc. During the Second World War he flew over Europe as a bomb-aimer with RCAF Bomber Command, retiring with the rank of Flying Officer. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, support staff and chaplain of University Hospital for their kindness and professionalism. A celebration of his life will be conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond (519-433-7253), on Wednesday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow the service. Remembrances may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the charity of your choice. A vase will be ready to receive one single bloom from your garden to honour his devotion to flowers.
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