J.H. Webb

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Jack Webb, ALS
Known for Honorary Life Member (1985)

Jack passed away peacefully at his cottage in Waskesiu on Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Dad was born May 11, 1922 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Alfred John Webb and Nina Simpson (Hooper) Webb. The family moved to Grandview, Manitoba in 1920 where Grandpa practiced law.

Dad loved spending his spare time playing hockey and baseball.

Like most young men he joined the war effort in 1940 and enlisted with the RCAF. Dad was stationed in England briefly in 1941 until his unit was called back to Canada later that year to attend to the "West Coast threat." He spent the rest of the war being stationed at bases all across Canada until his honourable discharge in May of 1945 with a rank of Pilot Officer (Wireless Air Gunner). During one of his leaves in 1944 at Clearlake Manitoba, he met Dorothy Helen Pulfer of Weyburn Saskatchewan and on September 7, 1945 they were married.

After the war, Dad completed his Grade 12, graduated from university and obtained commission #96 as a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor. Mom and Dad raised three children and lived in various homes in Regina, Edmonton and finally Saskatoon where dad partnered with R.A. Webster to form Webb & Webster Surveys Limited in 1957.

Dad was dedicated to life, family and business. He was proud to be a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor and also received his land surveying commissions in Alberta, Manitoba and for Canada Lands. In 1953, he was vice-president of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association. In 1959-1960, he was president of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association and, in 1979-1980, was president of the Canadian Institute of Surveying. He was also awarded honorary life membership in both the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association and Alberta Land Surveyors' Association.

Dad also served in his community as president of the Nutana Lions Club, a scout leader, a charter member of the Grosvenor Park United Church and an active member of the Nutana Legion.

After Dad retired in 1984, he and Mom split their time between Saskatoon, the cottage at Waskesiu and their winter home at Leisure World in Mesa, Arizona. They enjoyed their golf and social times with many friends and family in Arizona, Waskesiu and Elk Ridge Resort. At 90 years of age, Dad had to finally put his golf clubs aside and watch from the side lines.

Before and after he retired, they travelled to Europe, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Alaska and many other parts of the US and Canada. After his retirement Dad wrote numerous books related to land surveying (including Muskeg, Outcrops and 40 Below) and became the "self-appointed" historian for the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association.

Dad was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years Dorothy (Dot) in 2007 and his great-granddaughter Maria Lloyd in 2006. He is survived by his sisters Jean Cronk and Lila Fripps-Heier, three children Rob Webb (Margaret) with children Chris and Jeff , Meridee Webb and Tom Webb (Dale) with children Tracie (Bryan) Lloyd and Caitlin Webb.

Reprinted in part from The Star Phoenix