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John Howard "Jack" Bechtel
Male 1922 - 1966


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  • Birth  1922  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Military  WW2 - air gunner RCAF  [1
    Name  Jack Betchel 
    Residence  Port Dover, Norfolk Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Jack Bechtel painting
    Jack Bechtel painting
    Kitchener Public Library Mural 2014
    Kitchener Public Library Mural 2014
    Residence  1958  Blair, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-104790 
    Died  13 Sep 1966  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: cancer 
    Person ID  I104790  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Father  Norman A. Bechtel,   b. 25 Oct 1894, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1969 
    Mother  Ada May Hagey,   b. 13 May 1898, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1971 
    Married  4 Jul 1917  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F6208  Group Sheet

    Family  Marion Morrow 
    Children 
     1. Dawn Marie Bechtel
     2. Barbara Jane Bechtel
    Family ID  F44345  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Artist Jack Bechtel Dies of Cancer at 43

      Artist Jack Bechtel of Blair, 43, died today of cancer at St. Mary's Hospital after an illness of several months. Although his abstract paintings were frequently shown in exhibits through Ontario, he was also known to many art students for the numerous classes in painting he conducted.

      He taught summer classes at the Doon School of Fine Arts from 1950 to 1964, and during the same period instructed adults in winter classes in Brantford, Delhi, Dundas, Guelph, Port Dover, Tillsonburg, Galt, Stratford, Ingersoll and Fort William - Port Arthur.

      His best-known work in the Twin Cities is probably the Kitchener library mural, Enlightenment, which he completed in six months of night work in 1962. The 560-square foot mural depicts man's historical striving for knowledge.

      His paintings have been included among exhibits by the Ontario Society of Artists, of which Mr. Bechtel was a member, and the Royal College of Art. They also appeared in gallery exhibits in Montreal, Toronto, Kingston, London, Ont., Hamilton, and smaller Ontario cities.

      A son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bechtel of Kitchener, he began painting when he was about 14, and spent his week-ends bicycling and skiing through rural areas of Waterloo County to sketch the scenes that were frequent subjects of his earlier, realist works.

      After overseas service as an air gunner with the RCAF in the Second World War, he attended the Ontario College of Art for four years, followed by six months of study at the Instituto de San Miguel d'Allende in Mexico on scholarship.

      He lived in Port Dover before returning to this area eight years ago to establish his home and studio in Blair. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bechtel is survived by his wife, the former Marion Morrow of London, Ont. whom he married in 1957; two daughters, Dawn Marie and Barbara Jane, at home; a brother, Willard (Bud) of Waterloo and a sister, Maxine of Kitchener.

      A memorial tribute will be paid at the Doon School of Fine Arts on Friday at 8 p.m. Donations to the local unit of the Canadian Cancer Society will be accepted as expressions of sympathy.1a

      1aKitchener-Waterloo Record 13 Sep 1966

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      JACK BECHTEL, 1923 1966

      I record also the sad death in September, 1966, of John Bechtel, a victim of cancer at the age of forty two.

      John Bechtel was born in Kitchener. He served for three years with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war. On discharge he entered the Ontario College of Art, but his graduation was just the beginning of his growth and development as an artist.

      After returning from a period of painting in Mexico, he joined the staff of the Doon School and began to show the unselfish dedication to painting and the teaching of young artists that won for him wide respect and many devoted students and friends.

      Let me quote Alan Jarvis: "The first words which come to my mind when I hear the name 'John Bechtel' is integrity, integrity both as an artist and as a person. He was totally without guile or affectation, a dedicated and disciplined worker, without false modesty and with a sincere regard for his own gifts and how to use them".

      He worked with York Wilson on the Imperial Oil mural and went on to paint many murals of his own in western Ontario, including, in 1962, the mural in the Kitchener Public Library.

      Another friend wrote: "A child of the future visiting the library in Kitchener will be inspired and motivated by what Jack Bechtel is in his mural, not was. His contribution does exist, and we are indebted to an integrity which in our relations singles out Jack Bechtel as one of the very few".2a

      2aOntario Society of Artists President's Annual Report 1966

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      Let me quote Alan Jarvis: "The first words which come to my mind when I hear the name 'John Bechtel' is integrity, integrity both as an artist and as a person. He was totally without guile or affectation, a dedicated and disciplined worker, without false modesty and with a sincere regard for his own gifts and how to use them".

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Artist Jack Bechtel Died of Cancer at 43 - 13 Sep 1966.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1922 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1958 - Blair, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: cancer - 13 Sep 1966 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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