SLICHT, JACOB (JAKE) – Was peacefully called home to Heaven as he slept on June 4, 2015. Born in Holland in 1932, Jake endured many hardships but yet lived a full life. He lost his parents during the Nazi Occupation and grew up in an orphanage where he began his studies in auto mechanics. In 1955 he emigrated to Canada, bringing with him his love for all things mechanical. He first settled in Ontario where he worked in the tobacco fields, took courses at night to upgrade his knowledge, and earned his Heavy-Duty Mechanics License. Later on moving to BC and residing in Burnaby, Jake worked for International Harvester and Sears Auto, being forced to retire after a devastating back injury. In 1977, Jake moved to Langley, joined the Langley Single Parents Association, and made many friends. He survived a brain aneurism in 1987, then joined the Frontiersmen in the early 1990’s, taking pride in assisting school children safely across the street. Jake will be fondly remembered for his kind, happy-go-lucky demeanour and his off-the-wall sense of humour. He whistled Dutch tunes while he walked, stopped to talk to those he knew, and greeted everyone with his big smile. He was always willing to lend a hand, especially if a vehicle needed repair; usually accepting nothing more than a cup of coffee for his time. Although not a large man in stature, Jake was feisty and would not back down from a challenge or debate. He taught us to be good to one another, to stand up for what we believe in, and to always give 100% in everything we do in life. Jake leaves behind his children: Frank, Adriana (Paul), Kevin (Karen), Debra (Todd), Heath, and grandchildren: Ryan, Jeremy (Ashley), Cherie (Brad), Sheena, Nicholas, and Heather; as well as countless friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at Evergreen Timbers Hall 5464 – 203 St. Langley, on Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00pm.
“Life is hard, so you have to keep a positive attitude” – Jake Slicht