John W. (Jack) Porter

30-Jun-1922 - 01-Sep-2018

Obituary Overview

Lovingly Remembered


Jack Porter was born in Saskatoon, the son of John and Bertha Porter (nee Forsey), and passed away in Calgary at the age of 96 years. Jack married his beloved Virginia (nee Morris) of Saskatoon in 1948; he treasured memories of their 52-year union as life partners. Jack was a generous patron of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, in memory of Virginia. 

Jack was also predeceased by his brother Bob of Peterborough, Bob’s wife Valerie, his fraternal twin brother Andy of Saskatoon, Andy’s wife Thelma and their daughter Debbie. He is survived by his sister Grace Hession of Saskatoon, nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Jack graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1948 with a B.A. (Geology major) and spent the early part of his career conducting surface geological surveys in Saskatchewan, northern Canada and the Rocky Mountains. He had a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry of Western Canada, mainly with Canadian Superior Oil Limited. Jack was a major contributor to the early interpretation of the stratigraphic framework of the Western Canada and Williston Basins, through his research, as author or co-author of numerous technical papers, his participation in the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists and other professional organizations. He served many years as an editor for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Jack was a charter member of the Petroleum History Society; he published articles and prepared photographic displays documenting the early days of the oil and gas industry. Jack received numerous awards and honours recognizing his contributions to his profession and to the industry, including Honorary Membership in the ASPG, Fellow - Geological Society of America, Petroleum History Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into the Saskatchewan Petroleum Hall of Fame. Jack spent his last years at Maison Senior Living, where he was affectionately known by all as “Uncle Jack”. 

Family and friends extend sincere thanks to Maison staff and management for their compassionate care and kindness extended to Jack.

A Funeral Service will be held at Mountain View Funeral Home, (Prairie View Chapel, 1605 – 100 Street SE, Calgary) on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. 

Funeral Details

  • Funeral Service

    Mountain View Funeral Home (Prairie View Chapel)

    Event Times:

    09-Sep-2018 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

  • Interment

    Mountain View Memorial Gardens

    Event Times:

    09-Sep-2018 2:45 PM - 3:15 PM

  • Reception

    Mountain View Funeral Home (Prairie View Chapel)

    Event Times:

    09-Sep-2018 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

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Condolences from family and friends

Posted by Bryan Jorgensen | 09-Sep-2018


Our sincere condolences go out to all of Jack’s family and friends. When we moved in next door to Virginia and Jack in 1988 we had no idea how fortunate we would be to meet two of the kindest people you could ever possibly know. I was 13 years old at the time and I will always remember Jack sharing stories of his childhood in Saskatoon and his adventures in the backcountry of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northern Canada. When he spoke of his adventures his eyes would always twinkle and you could see a hint of his boy’ish smile. When we moved from Calgary to Saskatoon in 2008, we settled in the neighborhood where Jack grew up. Jack shared beautiful memories of his childhood, skating at Victoria School where our children now go to school and having hot chocolate across the street at the fire hall. He also shared heartwarming stories of his courtship of Virginia, the absolute love of his life. We feel so fortunate to have known and have shared time with Virginia and Jack. May they be reunited in eternal peace and happiness. With love from Saskatoon - Susan, Bryan and the boys.

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Posted by Verkland Melba Jean | 07-Sep-2018


Mr. Porter was a very kind, generous man and a joy to have as a boss at Cdn. Sup. In the 60s. He always spoke of his wife dearly. Always loved our conversations.

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