With his loving wife by his side, Jack died peacefully on November 18th, 2021 at the age of 91. Devoted husband to Pat for nearly 60 years. Jack is survived by his sisters; Irmy Woelk, Helen Unrau, Anne Letkeman, his brother John Braun, and brother-in-law John Giesbrecht. He will be greatly missed by his nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Sara Braun, as well as his sisters Hilda (Charles) Handziuk, Agnes Giesbrecht, Irene (Dave) Rempel, Mary (Frank) Letkeman, Katie (Cornie) Friesen, and Herta (Orlin) Anderson, and his brothers-in-law Daniel Woelk, and Eddie Unrau.
Born in Manitoba, Jack was raised on a farm and as a 22-year-old, travelled and enjoyed many motorcycle adventures in Vancouver with his cousin Henry. He returned to Ontario in 1954. Ever the hardworking man, he took a factory job until he began his passionate career in policework with the Niagara Regional Police.
Jack was most proud of his 30 years of service with the NRP, swiftly moving up through the ranks from Constable to Superintendent. He most enjoyed his work as a detective in the Criminal Investigations Unit. Jack was active in several types of sports including baseball, skiing, and as a longstanding member of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club he won many tournaments. He played bridge to please his wife and could be found spending many hours in his garden.
Jack was a hero to many, to his family, friends and members of the community in which he so proudly served.
In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Guests will be received on Friday, November 26, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. A Celebration of Life will take place in the Ceremony Room at 11am with a reception to follow. In keeping with current Covid guidelines, proof of double vaccination is required for all guests who wish to attend the ceremony. Masks must be worn while in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph’s Hospital (Chest Program/Thoracic Surgery) or the Niagara Health System would be appreciated by the family.