John Zwerver |

John Zwerver

John H. Zwerver, 70, of Nevada City, passed away peacefully at the Compassionate Care Home in Grass Valley Feb. 27, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Carolyn Anderson; his mother, Wietske Zwerver; his son and daughter, Dave Davies and Shauna Whittall; his sister and brother, Wilma Erickson and Paul Zwerver; his stepson and stepdaughter, Dave Anderson and Meigan Anderson-Carson; and three cherished grandchildren, Natalie, Emma, and Peter.

John was born Oct. 30, 1942, in Friesland, the Netherlands, to Popke Zwerver and Wietske Ringersma and moved to eastern Ontario, Canada, with his family when he was 9 years old. He graduated with a BA from Calvin College and an MSW from McMaster University. He had an extensive background in planning, organizational development and social policy and was the CEO of a number of large nonprofit organizations and associations in Canada. He formerly served as a senior civil servant working for the Ontario government and as the executive director of the Nevada County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

When he passed away, he was the co-director of Global Family, an international peace education organization. He worked extensively with young people through the creation of international youth leadership programs in North America, Europe and South America. He was a volunteer chaplain at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital; board member of Global Family and The Foundation for Conscious Evolution; a former advisory board member of InConcert Sierra; and a co-founder of Hummingbird Community in New Mexico.

John enjoyed reading, writing poetry, singing, studying Christian mysticism and being with family and friends. He was a kind, generous, loving man who will be missed by many.

Celebration of life services will take place June 1 in Ontario, Canada, and May 11 at a lovely garden in Grass Valley. Details will be announced at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to InConcert Sierra at or Hummingbird Community at

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