Predeceased by his parents, John (Jack) and Grace (Spiess) Carlisle. Survived by his wife of 51 years, Kathleen, sons, David and Doug; in-laws Andrew and Meryl Finneran, John and Jacki Finneran, Mary Russell, Anne and Carl Whiteside; many nieces and nephews, 3 grand-nephews, one grand-niece; godsons, Garrett and David, and relatives in Canada, US and UK.
Jack spent the first eight years of his life in Wainwright, Alberta, surrounded by the love of his mother, Grace; Uncle Earl and Auntie Barbara, and cousins Eileen and Ardis. His father, Jack, having died suddenly from Strep throat a few months before his birth.
Grace felt the west coast beckoning after a visit to see friends in Vancouver. In 1939, mother and son moved to English Bay where Grace opened a rooming house, mostly occupied by girls working in wartime factory occupations. Out of necessity and a work ethic inherited from his mother, Jack had jobs from a young age, a huge paper route in the West End, delivery boy for the local butcher, and the breaks from university found him doing golf course maintenance and laying railway ties. After graduating from UBC, he stumbled into the world of FINANCE, introduced to it by chance when he saw a friend with a ticker tape, and asked for an explanation. Fascinated by the concept of Bids and Asks and fluctuating prices, he got a job at a local brokerage firm. Starting off as a delivery boy, rising through the ranks to phone boy, assistant trader, then head trader.
After working for various brokerage firms, Jack and friends decided to form their own brokerage company, Carlisle Douglas Ltd in 1968. The profession he loved was eventually eliminated by technology when the Vancouver Stock Exchange was closed, and trading was done electronically. The office environment lacked the excitement Jack had become accustomed to, and he decided to retire in 1988.
Retirement gave him more time to spend at his property on Pender Island. His jobs there never stopped. Mowing the fields, chopping/splitting wood, making trails, split rail fences, maintaining the forest — he loved them all. The Pender place became the “go to” place for young and old. David, Doug and their friends loved spending time there, getting the tasks Jack had waiting for them done before the party started! Youngsters loved playing on the beach and running through the fields – adults loved relaxing by the water, barbecues, lots of laughter and total quiet. Jack and Kath decided to make the permanent move to Pender from Vancouver in 1997. Not a day too soon, as far as Jack was concerned. His passion for Pender knew no bounds and yet when it was time to slow down and smell the roses his move to Vancouver Island was embraced. North Saanich became his and Kath’s new home, where he very happily spent the last five years.
The care and support Jack and his family received from the doctors and staff of Saan Pen, Royal Jubilee hospitals and Community Health Services is beyond words. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
In lieu of flowers donations to Saan Pen Hospital would be appreciated. Website: sphf.ca
A celebration will take place in the future.
Tania & David Schissler says
We are both so very sorry to hear about Jack’s passing. We’ve missed you both over this Covid 2 year thing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and please let us know if we can do ANYTHING. We miss our times together.
Dave & Tania Schissler
Maxine Rickson says
Such a wonderful, full life! ❤️
Joanne Enns says
I was so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. He was our neighbour for many years. We enjoyed annual summer BBQ’s at their lovely waterfront home on Pender Island. Jack and Kathy were the ultimate welcoming hosts.
My thoughts are with the family at this time. With Sincere Sympathy, Joanne Enns
Dave & Tania Schissler says
We feel your loss, Jack was a great guy.
You are in our prayers.
When you wish to revisit Pender, we always have a room for you.
Dave & Tania
Andy and Patsy Burke says
Rest in the perfect peace you truly won and deserve Jack. Although we lived many many miles apart, we remember the lovely time we spent on Pender island with you and Kath. You were welcoming , nice to sit down and talk too, with your lovely winning smile. I think for ever if we see a wood cutter/ splitter , we will fondly remember you.
To Kathy, Doug, David and extended family we extend our deepest sympathy. May you gentle soul rest in Gods eternal heaven,
Andy , Patsy and Family
Doug and Martha says
Dear Kath, we are truly sorry to hear that Jack has passed away. He was an amazing man and we are sure that you will have many fond memories of your fifty one years of marriage. It’s a blessing that he died happy and peacefully after all the pain and suffering endured over the last months. Stay strong Kath we are still praying for you at this sad time.
Lots of love Martha and Doug
Anette Larsen says
I’m very sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. I remember him (and the beautiful Kathy Finneran!) from my time at Carlisle Douglas where I was hired as a “fail clerk” in the 60’s! Very happy to hear that he and Kathy had a long and happy life together.
My deepest condolences,
Kathleen T. Carlisle says
thank you very much for your kind words. Jack lived a wonderful life, he was very lucky.
It’s hard to grasp that we were married for over half a century, how time flies.
Those days in the brokerage business were very exciting weren’t they ?
I hope you are keeping well.
Shelley Cook Baron says
Dear Kathy, David and Doug
I was so sad to hear of Jack’s passing, and I extend my deepest condolences at this sad time. Kathy, both you and Jack made me feel so welcome In your home and I have many fond memories of those days. Jack always seemed to be working on one project or another but always had time to sit for a visit and tell a story! (Which was usually hilarious) I hope your many memories of a long life together bring you comfort. With love and sympathy, Shelley
Mona & Sarah Collins says
Dear Kath, Dave, Doug and extended family.
We wanted to write and let you know that we are so sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We realise that there are no words that we could write or say to make things better but please accept our sincere condolences. We hope you can find comfort in the memories and celebration of his life. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lots of love
Mona and Sarah