B.J. (Jack) Cheetham

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Jack Cheetham, ALS
Known for Past-President of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association


Beverley Jack Cheetham was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1929 and graduated from Central Collegiate in 1949.

Jack left 85 years of his footprints, talents, joviality, love, and passions to the world; and he enriched the lives of family and friends.

Jack's interest in surveying began in 1952 when he was a rodman with the Saskatchewan Department of Highways. The longest stretch of road he measured with a tape was Highway No. 4 from North Battleford to Dorintosh, a total of 131 miles.

Surveyor Jack trekked through miles of terrain to make this land into perfect lots, acres, and organized subdivisions. Those of you who have assisted Jack in these surveying endeavours have had a lesson in patience. He was always in the pursuit of perfection to the fraction of an inch.

There is a wide assortment of "Jack projects" in people's homes, yards, and churches. A friend, who also enjoys woodworking, describes Jack as a "chiseller," who could be quite "abrasive," but was after all - a "plane" man. We all "saw" how great he was.

He received his ALS commission on June 29, 1978 and continued in active practice until 1986 and retired from the profession in 1992. He was a past-president of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association.

Sports - watching or participating, he loved them all!!! Even lawn games were practiced and played enthusiastically with the goal of winning. While living at Lac Des Iles, he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and exploring the outdoors around the lake.

Over the years Jack improved his skills at felling trees. Some trees that were too close to the house had to come down. He gave lessons to anyone who would listen on chain sharpening, fuel mixing and operating your best and only saw worth owning a Husqvarna.

Jack had a passion for grass: the greener - the better! He mercilessly attacked every dandelion that dared grow in his lawn. Hence he wore out the knees of several pairs of pants. Second only to grass, Jack loved roses, especially the Emily Carr, which he planted strictly to enhance the beauty of his lawn.

Jack experienced a new life when he became a Christian in 1991 and grew spiritually as time went on. He loved to help Jan Newman organize the seniors' outings and activities for the JOY group. One of Jack's outstanding contributions was in the design and manufacturing of the Olympic medals for the Skip-Bo competition.

Jack appreciated a good beer, but he was a man with champagne qualities. He was able to instill in others some of his bubbly nature and good humor.

We will miss you very much Jack.

Esther Woffendale

Letter dated February 1989 To my relatives, friends, and colleagues

You have known me all these years as Bev, which is short for Beverley. An English male name meaning Beaver Stream. I was named after British Member of Parliament Beverley Baxter. The name Beverley was also used as a last name, and a well-known actress, Courtney Beverley famous as Miss Beverley, started the trend to name girls Beverley. As a result more girls were named Beverley than boys, and the girls have actually taken the name over.

It has always been difficult when I tell strangers my name, I find I have to repeat it, spell it out, and explain that this is a male name. Mail comes addressed as Miss or Mrs. Bev, is Bev your wife? and etc.

For many years I have wanted to use my second name "Jack" (not John). This is a Scottish name, originally Jock, and became established as Jack. So the next time you greet me, please call me Jack.

Now I expect a transition period for some to adjust from Bev to Jack. For those who cannot, I will accept Bev, but I prefer Jack.

I'm still the same person, with the same personality and I like the positive and masculine sound of Jack.

Some famous Jacks are Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Jack Ritter, Jack Horner, Jack the Ripper, Jack Parr, Jack Palance, and the Jack of Hearts.