Former Douglas resident John Cameron Asp died Oct. 13, 2009, in Cordova. He was 83.
Born Feb. 12, 1926, in Honolulu, he moved with his family to Seattle in 1934, then to Alaska where his parents ran a cannery in Tenakee Springs. He attended Juneau-Douglas High School and worked his summers at the cannery.
After military service in the U. S. Army Air Force, he attended the University of Alaska, Washington State College and the Burnely School of Professional Art in Seattle. After completing his education, John moved to Honolulu, where he began a successful career as a commercial artist and art director.
He later returned to Alaska and worked with his brother Svend on his brother's fish packer in the Gulf of Alaska. After 10 years, he returned to Douglas and resumed his painting. In 2004, he moved to Cordova to accept an artist in residence position with Greg and Sylvia Myers of The Reluctant Fisherman Inn. His work can be found in private collections and the future Cordova museum.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Asp, of Arizona; brother, Svend Asp and wife, Maxine, of Seattle; cousins, Helen Bonnett and husband, George, of Juneau, Richard Arab and wife, Maria, of Texas, Harold Arab, of Hawaii, John Allen and wife, Anice, of Richmond, British Columbia, Mary Scagel, of North Vancouver, and numerous nieces and nephews.
As per his wishes, no services will be held. His ashes will be spread in Honolulu, Cordova and Juneau. Sylvia and Greg Myers will hold a remembrance gathering in Cordova at a date yet to be announced.
In Juneau, there will be a remembrance art exhibit held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Friends and public are invited to attend.