John Graham Foss, born May 30, 1938, departed October 11, 2020. Son, Brother, Adventurer, Father and a Patriarchal figure in a blended family web, he is survived by life partner Ann Perodeau, sons Ian and Eric Foss, John and Ted van Hemert, and assorted other characters, step-characters, grand-characters and just plain characters of varying relation. Born in Calgary, raised in Ontario, and taught to drive Montreal, Graham spent formative years working in Africa and the Lakes of Ontario before moving with a young family to Calgary, Alberta, where he resided for most of his adulthood. He journeyed over many waters in Western Canada via canoe and kayak, and enjoyed rich friendships centered around the love of outdoors and times spent together. He and Ann were hosts to many great family gatherings. With the help of eldest son Ian, he spent time in Golden BC building a ski chalet reminiscent of his Father’s cabin in Muskoka. He travelled through many Latin American countries in a largely successful effort to learn Spanish. His travels wound down in Sidney BC, where he finally succumbed to the ravages of the neurological illness (Parkison’s Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) that had pursued him during his later years.
He was known for his humour, his generosity, his joy of life, and his impatience for unearned authority.
“You can never have too many people love you”