March 28, 1946 ~ January 2, 2016
John Driediger passed away peacefully into the arms of Jesus after a long illness with cancer on January 2, 2016. He is survived by loving wife, Linda, son: Chad, daughters: Carrie-Ann Rast (Randy) and Lisa Driediger, grandchildren: Jordan Rast, Natalie Rast, Paige Waddell and Gabrielle Waddell and great-grandson, Leo Rast as well as sisters, Helena Friesen and Anne Epp (Ron) and brothers, Diet (Nettie) and Dave (Bonnie) plus other in-laws, nieces, nephews and relatives. He was predeceased by brothers: Abe and Jake and sisters: Kathy, Betty and Judy. John was born on March 28, 1946 to Abraham and Elizabeth (nee Froese) Driediger in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He always said that at the age of eight months he had the good sense to move his family to BC where they built a home at 5115 Brown Road, Langley. He attended Aldergrove Secondary School where he met his one true love, Linda Ollinger. They were married June 26, 1965. John lived his life in light of eternity taking steps of faith each day. In 1979 John and Linda sold their family business, Driediger’s Meats, to join staff with Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). John was a man of faith, wisdom, love, compassion, quick wit and strong convictions. What gave his life meaning and purpose was his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He walked with God and had a passion to share that walk with others. He loved the participants in Addiction Recovery Ministry and they loved him back as he helped them win their struggle with addiction. He always had to say, “One more thing!” or “I have an idea.” Whatever he put his mind and heart to he excelled at. John was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family, his ministry, his many friends, his dog Jake, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dallas Cowboys, riding horses, playing golf. He will be dearly missed. Special thanks to the staff at Christine Morrison Hospice for their special care of John. Viewing will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 11:00 am at Sevenoaks Alliance Church, 2575 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Addiction Recovery Ministry (cheques made out to ARM (CC#138855).
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