John Whistler was born in Penbrokeshire, Wales and emigrated to Mission in 1905 with his parents, sister and brother. He attended public school and high school in Mission and then took classes at University of British Columbia. He was active in sports and in the community, participating in the Golf, Badminton and Tennis Clubs, as well as having been a member of the Mission football team. Whistler was a member of the Anglican Church, of the Pacific Lodge Masons and of the order of the Eastern Star.
He was recognized in his community as a man of good character, courteous and friendly to all. Whistler was employed as a jam supervisor at the K.B. Factory in Mission when he accidentally drowned in the Fraser River, which was particularly high in the spring of 1928.
Source: Fraser Valley Record, May 24, 1928