March 11, 1934 –
March 18, 2015
Jake was born at Hague, Sask on the family farm. He was the fourth youngest of a large family.
In 1953, Jake helped to move some of the family to Grassy Plains area. As soon as he earned enough money he bought a one way train ticket to Saskatoon but shortly realized he liked Central BC, returning as soon as possible. On June 2, 1956 he married Ruth Foote and they resided at Fraser Lake.
Jake liked the logging industry and enjoyed operating machinery – cats, graders, loaders, logging trucks and he did some powersaw work.
Briefly he worked on the railway and Endako Mines but logging was his interest and he operated loader at the Knewstubb loadout for his last 13 years of work.
In 1998 Jake became very ill and never returned to work. In 2009 Jake became a resident at the extended care home “The Pines” which became his home for five and half years with the staff becoming his second family.
Jake was predeceased by son Shane, his parents, sisters and brothers.
He is survived by wife Ruth, daughter Juanita (Ernest), son Kevin (Kathy) Schmidt, five grandsons, one granddaughter, three great grandchildren, sisters Margaret, Agatha (Jake).
Thank you to people of Fraser Lake and area for your support and words of comfort.
Special thank you to Rick, Tom, Peter, Steve (Kevin) in playing their tribute to Jake – The Working Man. All of the caregivers and staff of The Pines, doctors and nurses of Burns Lake.