John Dennis Peitzsche
1940 - 2023
John Dennis Peitzsche
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Burial Date
At a later date
Requested Charity
A charity of your choice.
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Peitzsche, John Dennis, aka "Jack" 83 of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and formerly of Goldboro, Guysborough County died Monday, May 29, 2023, in the  QEII Hospital, Halifax. John was born February 29, 1940 in Goldfields, Saskatchewan. He was raised in Fruitvale, British Columbia. John went to Elementary, Junior High and onto JL Crowe Senior High in Trail, BC. He was a member of the Boy Scouts and the Air Cadets. John graduated high school and received his private pilot’s license in 1957. John was always a wanderer. When he was four years old, his mother heard on the radio "is any one missing a blond hair, blue eyed boy"? His family then realized that he was missing. Apparently he went for a stroll, crossed the Columbia River Bridge, and was picked up by the police. That was an early indication that John was going to be an explorer. In John’s teenage years, he worked on a dairy farm. He got up at 4:00 am every morning to milk the cows. In the summer he would plow the field with a horse and clean and scrub the barn. John has always been a hard worker. He also enjoyed going to dances every Friday and Saturday night where he used to "jive – a real dance". John loved sports. He played baseball in the summer. In those days if someone had a baseball and someone had a bat, you would find seven additional players and "play ball". In the winter he played hockey. They called it "shinny" where they used catalogues for shin pads and rocks for goal posts. When John was older, he loved playing curling and broom ball. John joined the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in 1958. John thought the air force was heaven because he could sleep until 6:00 a.m. John took basic training at St. Jeans, Quebec and trades training at Clinton, Ontario. He graduated with honours and in August 1959 was posted to Greenwood, NS, where he met Annie. John met Annie in July 1961 at a restaurant where he went for coffee. Annie thought he was a pest because he would always put ice cubes down her back. Well, he eventually won her over and they married three months later in October 1961. Throughout John’s RCAF career, he visited numerous countries; England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Bermuda, Azores, Germany and the USA. John and his family’s favourite posting was Lahr, Germany where they lived for 6 years. While living in Germany, they made many friends and travelled throughout Europe. John retired from the RCAF in 1985 as a Warrant Officer. After the RCAF, John continued his wandering: he worked with Bell Technical Services first in Windsor, Ontario and then Taber, Alberta until 1998, and then with IMP in Halifax until 2001. While in Halifax, John was a member of the Canadian Legion and Secretary for the Lions Club in Lower Sackville and Eastern Passage. John retired in 2001. John and Annie spent the majority of their retirement years in Goldboro, NS where they lived for 20 years. In Goldboro, they renovated the old Peitzsche homestead which was an undertaking of love. He loved family history and was constantly working on his family tree. In Goldboro, John was the President of the Goldboro Interpretive Centre and a member of the Masons. John and Annie moved to Halifax in 2018 due to health issues so he could be close to his doctors and hospital. John will sadly be missed by his wife of 62 years, Annie Elizabeth (O’Neil) Peitzsche; daughters, KellyLynn Schwartz (Steve), Tammy Lee Ann Shaw (Shawn); daughter-in-law, Beverley Peitzsche; grandsons, Jack Morris Schwartz, Jacob Paul Schwartz; granddaughter, Emma Gwendolyn Peitzsche; sister, Karen Athona Mae and brother, Ralph Garfield Peitzsche; many nieces, nephews and their families. John will also be missed by the friends he and Annie made throughout their lives. He was predeceased by his parents, Fredrick MacIntosh and Lillian Welsh (Sinclair) Peitzsche; son, Dennis Peitzsche; sisters, Edna Violet Peitzsche, Bertha Ann "Betty Ann" Peitzsche; brothers, Fredrick William James Peitzsche and Donald Robert Sinclair Peitzsche;. John will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He was loved by many across Canada and the USA. RIP John. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are under the dignified and compassionate care of G.W. Giffin Funeral Home, 17545 Hwy 316, Country Harbour.