John Charles Hogan passed away on July 26, 2020 at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC with his family chattering quietly at his bedside.
John was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on September 15, 1954 to Richard and Margaret Hogan, who were more commonly called Dick and Peggy. Keeping in line with his folks, John had a nickname, too, back then and was affectionately known to friends and family as Jackie. He was deeply fond of his mother, who he later described as a cheerful and sociable woman that loved to care for others. Dick took off when Jackie was just a baby and resourceful Peggy took her child back home to Carlyle, Saskatchewan where he spent some of his happiest days, out on the farm, with his grandfather Charles MacRae.
Peggy and John moved around frequently through his childhood and would eventually settle in Calgary, Alberta. While Peggy stayed in Calgary for the rest of her years, the seed of a rambling man had been planted and John was to spend the better part of his twenties bouncing between his hometown, Fort MacMurray, San Francisco’s Bay Area and San Antonio, Texas. In his next decade he would set his sights on further reaching places and studied Mandarin Chinese and Russian at University of Alberta and delighted in an opportunity to teach English in Wuhan, China in 1988 where he met his wife, Raquel Wang. He never made it to Russia, but even now, is betting on Vladivostok as the next cultural epicentre of the world. The Big Apple of the Sea of Japan!
His proficiency with languages led him to have a long career as a software developer, which began after he moved his family to Victoria, BC in 1994, something he often referred to as “the only really good decision I’ve ever made.” Certainly, it was a beautiful home base to return to while his career fed his wanderlust, taking him as far as Stockholm, Sweden. Ever a free spirit, even in retirement he would commit a few years to being on the road, living near Quallicum Beach. It was at this time his lifelong love for music was reinvigorated by a weekly jam session at a roadside pub in Bowser. He spent his final years back in Victoria, diligently practicing the piano and getting ready to learn how to stay put for a long, long time. He will be remembered as a loving father and a charming, passionate and humorous man, always eager to see and understand more of the world.