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Former Leader of Assyrian Levy Army Passed Away in Canada
« on: December 13, 2006, 06:32:05 PM »
(ZNDA: British Columbia)  John Guy Trelawny B.Sc., LLD. an advocate of the Assyrian cause passed away on 1 December, 2006 in Victoria (Vancouver Island), British Columbia, Canada. During the Second World War, Mr. Trelawny served as a captain in the British Army leading Assyrian Levy Army in Habbaniya, Iraq. John was a loving, father, grandfather and great grand father. He was a true gentleman, and had so much love and admirations to Assyrian people.

From his birth in Roorkee, India in 1919 to his final resting place at Deep Cove, Sidney, John enthusiastically pursued adventure throughout his life. Raised in Devon, the Isle of Jura, Scotland and Phillimore Gardens, London, educated at Bradfield School and Sandhurst College, John served with the British Eighth Army in the Second World War in Iraq, leading Assyrian levy troops, before entering the Italian campaign where he was seriously wounded and spent two years as a prisoner of war. Never one to avoid a challenge, he assumed many roles throughout his life including Master of the Hounds, Sandhurst; Captain in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry; farm hand at Oyster River; bulb farmer at Cobble Hill; lighthouse keeper at Race Rocks; author; botanist; tour guide and gardener. John was an instructor in the Faculty of Biology at the University of Victoria for 18 years where he thrived on sharing his lifelong love of plants. He edited Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and authored Wildflowers of the Yukon and Alaska before retiring to develop, with his wife Ruth, his garden at Deep Cove. John was happiest showing friends and visitors his beautiful and ever-expanding garden. He also enjoyed participating in the development of the Finnerty Gardens at the University of Victoria and his commitment to learning culminated in the award of an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria in 1992.

Funeral service were held at Holy Trinity Church, West Saanich Road, Pat Bay on Saturday, December 9th, 2006 at 2.00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saanich Penninsula Hospital Foundation or the Finnerty Gardens, University of Victoria Foundation. 321471

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