Obituary - John Heppes
John B. Heppes
On 29th December 2005, Hal Oliver contacted Webmaster to let him know that John had passed away on 28th December.
The following was John's entry in the Alumni section of this web site prior to his death:
John B. Heppes
I am afraid that I do not have many memories of my school days.
I hated school from the beginning at Nairobi Primary School in 1934 to when I left the PoW in
1943 after graduation. All my school
days were as a "boarder". We lived near Thika during my primary school days
but moved to Uganda in 1939. At home I led a wild life, as much as possible
outdoors hunting and getting involved with nature. I was given an air gun,
a "Daisy", when I was 6 years old and my first proper rifle, a single shot
.22, at the age of 8. I just lived for stalking and hunting the wildlife
that abounded around our house in the middle of a large sisal plantation
(Kakuzi Fibre Lands at Mitubiri near Thika). After we moved to Uganda, I
spent my holidays hunting with an 8mm Mauser and got involved with big game.
School was all too confining. I did enjoy the short period the PoW was moved
to the Sparks Hotel in Naivasha as I could spend all out of class time
roaming the surrounding bush. All this type of activity led me to my future
careers all dealing with wild life.
1944 -1948 Kenya Regiment, seconded to 2/1 (Ny) Bn. KAR 4 (U) Bn KAR, CSM
1948 -1963 British Government in Uganda,
1948 -1953 Tsetse Control Department, Field
1953 -1963 Game and Fisheries Department,
1963 Retired from Government
1963 Emigrated to Canada.
1963 -1965 Department of Mammalogy, Royal
Ontario Museum, Toronto,
Assistant to the Curator.
1966 -1972 National Parks of Canada,
Terra Nova National Park,
Newfoundland, Park Superintendent,
Prince Albert National Park,
Saskatchewan, Park Surerintendent.
1972 -1991 Canadian Wildlife Service
CITES (Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild
Fauna and Flora),
Administrator in charge.
This constitutes 47 years of continous service with the British and Canadian
Governments, of which 43 years was in the wild life field
Other information: 1953 Married to Margaret Miller, in
1955 Daughter, Linda, born in
John Heppes, dressed in OTC uniform - 1943