John Newman Obituary, Death – Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Newman/Fellardeau and John/Baker families during this difficult time. We deeply mourn the loss of John Gordon Peter Newman, affectionately known as ‘Gord,’ whose journey began on May 20, 1950, and peacefully concluded on September 3, 2023, within the comfort of his home. John’s life story is a testament to his rich and meaningful existence.
Born at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC, to Florence Mabel Newman (nee: John) and Henry Alan Newman, he spent his formative years in Eslha7án̓ (Mission IR no. 1). He received his early education at St. Paul’s Day School and later graduated from Carson Graham Secondary School. John’s passion for carpentry led him to the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), where he honed his craft.
Subsequently, he expanded his horizons by completing an entrepreneur course at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His career unfolded within the Squamish Nation Housing Department, followed by his ventures as a construction entrepreneur with GT Construction and Takaya Construction. Beyond his professional pursuits, John was a man of diverse interests.
He was an avid fitness enthusiast, engaging in activities like marathon running, Terry Fox runs, weight training, horseback riding, soccer, lacrosse, and fishing. His prowess as a bowman within his canoe club and his passion for Canoe Journeys, canoe races, and paddle carving were exemplary. John’s love for family was paramount, evident in the cherished moments spent together on vacations, BBQs, and family dinners.
His musical talents shone through in his band, Whyte Feather, where he embraced his rock star persona. John leaves behind a loving legacy, survived by his devoted wife, Theresa Newman (nee: Cardenez), and their children: Milissa Starling Lewis (Jason), Keeta Louisa Newman, Rosabel Raquel Newman, and April Allison Newman (Tony).
He is also remembered by his adoring grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and a circle of cherished friends. In celebrating John’s life, we find solace in the love and memories he shared with all who were fortunate to know him.