WEAVER, John Barney

The Weaver family of Silver Creek-Hope announce the passing of their deeply beloved father, John Barney Weaver. He collapsed of sudden heart failure at his home on April 10, 2012. He was ninety-two years old.

Seventy years of this age were devoted to his profession: bronze sculpture. Among over seventy-eight public works his latest statue was of Piper James Cleland Richardson, V.C. standing in front of the Chilliwack Museum in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Likely his most popular statue has been of Wayne Gretzky standing at the Rexall Center, Edmonton, Alberta.

Surviving him are two children, Henry Weaver and Sara Lesztak; three grandchildren, Richard Roles, Elizabeth Lesztak, and Catherine Lesztak; three great-grandchildren, Ryan, Jordan, and Justin Roles; Henry’s wife, Nora (Noni), and Richard’s wife, Virginia (Ginger), Nora’s mother, Ileane Paquin, and his one brother, Albert Bruce Weaver.

Our family embraces the wonderful friends of the Hope and District Arts Council, and the Hope Artist’s Guild who have shown incomparable support for John Weaver’s work. We send them our fondest and sincerest thanks.

A memorial service is being planned for May 2012. In bronze his zest for fine art and human achievement can endure for millennia; in our hearts his strength and loving care will endure forever.

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