The Compass - - OBITUARIES - John Pow­ell Pike

John Pow­ell Pike, P. Eng., WW II Vet­eran

RCAF. Passed away on Septem­ber 6th, 2016, af­ter a won­der­ful and ful­fill­ing 92 years. Born in Car­bon­ear on Au­gust 5th, 1924, John’s early life was nur­tured by his par­ents, his suc­cess­ful ca­reer was shaped by many business re­la­tion­ships, his so­cial life was en­riched by an un­par­al­leled net­work of friends and his last­ing legacy will be his love for and de­vo­tion to his fam­ily.

John’s child­hood in Car­bon­ear con­trib­uted greatly to the man he be­came. He was raised in a lov­ing fam­ily in a thriv­ing business com­mu­nity dur­ing the late 1920s and early 1930s and both shaped his val­ues, his goals and his char­ac­ter. As a young man, John served with the Royal Cana­dian Air Force dur­ing WW II. Fol­low­ing his ser­vice over­seas, he re­turned to Mount Al­li­son Uni­ver­sity, com­press­ing 3 years of stud­ies into 2, and was then ac­cepted to study En­gi­neer­ing at Nova Sco­tia Tech, where he grad­u­ated as a Civil En­gi­neer in 1952. He re­turned to New­found­land, be­gin­ning his en­gi­neer­ing ca­reer at the Amer­i­can base at Fort Pep­perell, fol­lowed by sev­eral decades with Cana­dian Johns-Manville, sup­port­ing the build­ing of the Trans-Canada high­way across New­found­land, and learn­ing much about the com­mu­ni­ties and the great char­ac­ter of the peo­ple who were de­vel­op­ing our prov­ince in the post-Con­fed­er­a­tion era.

Through mu­tual friends, he met and mar­ried Flo Black­more, who brought the won­der­ful Black­more fam­ily, her own strong val­ues and much love to their re­la­tion­ship. Through­out the 64 years of their lov­ing part­ner­ship, John and Flo were the con­sum­mate cou­ple and their home was the source of much laugh­ter and good times their en­tire mar­ried life. Theirs was a large cir­cle of close friends and fam­ily and they par­tic­i­pated in many so­cial and com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties. Bridge, curl­ing and ten­nis were among John’s pas­sions and bridge was a weekly high­light un­til his fi­nal year. At their home in St. John’s, their coun­try home in Long Pond and their win­ter home on St. Peters­burg Beach, they al­ways wel­comed and hosted friends and fam­ily and to his fi­nal days, he en­joyed ev­ery oc­ca­sion to gather with them.

Through­out John’s ca­reer, his en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit guided him, seeded many busi­nesses and pro­vided em­ploy­ment in many com­mu­ni­ties. His business ven­tures in­cluded man­u­fac­tur­ing, con­struc­tion, restau­rants, mo­tels, and the travel in­dus­try and dur­ing many pe­ri­ods, a business of John’s would be the largest em­ployer in dif­fer­ent re­gions of the prov­ince. He went on to es­tab­lish man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies in At­lantic Canada and he served on nu­mer­ous boards, in­clud­ing the Board of Re­gents of Mount Al­li­son and Memo­rial Uni­ver­si­ties as well as 3 decades of vol­un­teer board ser­vice with Is­land Fur­ni­ture and its sup­port for the Vera Per­lin So­ci­ety un­til his pass­ing. John em­bod­ied the ex­am­ple of a self-made man with a giv­ing spirit.

John’s in­tel­li­gence, sense of fair­ness, wit and af­fa­ble per­son­al­ity and his love for and abil­ity to tell sto­ries en­deared him to ev­ery­one. John’s sto­ries were leg­endary and he re­galed friends, col­leagues and fam­ily with his unique way of bring­ing lo­cal colour into the fab­ric of any story. The din­ing room ta­ble was his favourite arena for shar­ing sto­ries, gen­er­at­ing laugh­ter and nur­tur- ing re­la­tion­ships, and his life was char­ac­ter­ized by strong val­ues, great hu­mil­ity and a demon­strated love for his fam­ily. John’s phi­los­o­phy for life was to take the high road and to see the good in peo­ple and he made friends eas­ily. His in­ter­est in the peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties of our prov­ince en­deared him to le­gions of peo­ple who re­spected him and had great af­fec­tion for him. He has been an out­stand­ing ex­am­ple to his fam­ily.

John spent the last days of his life lov­ingly hold­ing hands with Flo. He also leaves with lov­ing and last­ing mem­o­ries and great grat­i­tude his daugh­ters Ja­nine (Brian Val­lis), Va­lerie and Patti (David Chi­as­son), his grand­chil­dren, Kate (Chris Clarke), Jen­nifer and John, great grand­chil­dren El­liott and Olivia Clarke, his sis­ter Flora, brother Frank, sis­ters-in-law Phyl­lis Black­more, Joan Black­more This­tle, June Black­more, cher­ished nieces and neph­ews and a wide cir­cle of fam­ily and friends.

John’s fam­ily ex­tends heartfelt thanks to Mar­garet Thorn­hill, Lucy Bran­ton, Colleen Or­gan, and Dr. An­drew Hut­ton for their great com­pas­sion and care as well as to the en­tire staff of the Cari­bou Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Pav­il­ion. Cre­ma­tion has taken place. A ser­vice of re­mem­brance was held at St. James United Church on Satur­day, Septem­ber 10th at 2 p.m. In­ter­ment fol­lowed at Mount Pleas­ant Ceme­tery Field of Hon­our. Do­na­tions in John’s mem­ory may be made to the Vera Per­lin So­ci­ety, Mount Al­li­son Uni­ver­sity Don­ald Cameron Stu­dent Loan Fund or a char­ity of choice. To send a mes­sage of con­do­lence or to sign the memo­rial guest book, please visit­

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