Dr. John David Christian

May 7, 1942 Edmonton –  

Dec. 29, 2011 Salt Spring Island

John enjoyed his work as a Psychoanalyst and made significant contributions to the field working at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, teaching students at McGill, sitting on Canada-wide research committees and in private practice in Montreal and Salt Spring.

He also loved outdoor pursuits and being on the water. He built the 39 ft. sailboat Touch The Clouds and sailed from Montreal to Salt Spring via the Galapagos, Marquises and Panama. He sailed the west coast while living for over two decades on his boat mainly powered by wind and solar energy and rainwater collection, wanting low impact on the earth.

He loved the connection with nature he found rowing into Ganges Harbour early each morning, and spent many hours following his interest in the behaviour of birds.

John believed strongly that young children should be treated with utmost kindness and had high regard for early childhood education.

He was appreciated and loved by many friends and by those who worked with him.

And to all those people who worked with John, he loved you, recognized your beauty and strength, knew you as the finest people, and had great respect for each of you.

He is survived by his mother Noreen Christian, sister Maureen Lloyd, many nieces, nephews, and cousins across Canada, his loving partner Elizabeth Buchanan and her daughter Elizabeth Woods.

A Gathering in memory of John will be held Saturday Jan. 28, 3 – 5 P.M. Please RSVP to Carol Brown at 250-537-1224. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a Salt Spring preschool, daycare or a Waldorf school would be greatly appreciated .

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