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John Lee WHYTE

May 2, 1965 ~ August 2, 2020 (age 55)

Obituary

Written by Sheryll Mullan (younger sister)

Tazz (John Lee) Whyte

Born May 02, 1965

Deceased August 02, 2020

John left this world peacefully at the age of 55 years in Nanaimo, B.C.

John was born in Toronto, Ontario he was the second child and only son born to Valerie Titus (Allinson). John lived with his family in Toronto, and in the surrounding area during his early childhood.  When his mother became tiresome of the city life, she packed up all three of her children and headed for a Yukon adventure, though it was a challenge for our small family it was also an unexpected journey not ever to be forgotten. John had many new adventure living of grid in the northern wilderness of the Yukon, and always by his side was his older sister Debbie and younger sister Sheryll.

There is so many stories to share about living in the Yukon bush here is one of many I remember. John was creative he was able to build anything from whatever material that was available to him in such a remote location. On this one particular day he built a bike, I was so excited when he had suggested that I be the first to ride it, without hesitation I jumped on this make shift bike and headed towards a steep hill on a dirt road in the middle of the nowhere, everything seemed great until I reach the bottom of the hill and needed to slow down my speed to make a turn AND the brakes plus the handle bars did not work, off I flew into the willows at full speed and  from a distance I can hear John saying “well I guess I need to fix things”.  This is one of the many stories that I remember fondly as he watched over me during our childhood and remembering that he was always up to something interesting.

As the years pasted we all went our separate ways, I remained in the Yukon with our mother who has since passed, John in Nanaimo and our older sister moved to New Brunswick. John was always very outgoing and charming he made friend everywhere he went but at the same time he could sing you like no one’s business.  Through the year his friend Bart was his trusted companion, the brother he never had, thank you Bart.

After many years John had returned to the Yukon to visited me and mom in Dawson City, that was just six years ago. To this day it warms my heart thinking about that visit, I have ever lasting memories to cherish surrounding our very last visit.  I wish I had one more chance to see him but I do believe the lord has his own plans for all of us.

I have comfort knowing that he is with our mother, joining the team to watch over me, my sister and our children.  I can visualize John running wild on the banks of the Yukon River, like he once did as a child, with peace as he is free’d from all the hurt this world had brought to him.

 

Fly home my brother, rest easy big brother, you will always be in my heart and never forgotten by your baby sister Sheryll.

 

 

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