John was born in 1867 in Nova Scotia and died in 1932 at Fort Macleod. In 1897 at Gleichen, he was married to Cecile Lucie Beaupre, who was born in 1875 at St. Norbert, Manitoba and died in 1948 at Calgary, Alberta. They had a family of six children. A member of the NWMP he attained the rank of Sergeant in 1895 and was posted at Gleichen. He took his discharge in 1898. He was a member of the Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee contingent and a recipient of Queen Victoria's Jubilee Medal. He was employed by the . as timekeeper during the construction of the Bassano Dam. In 1913 became the Federal Government Stockyard Inspector at Calgary and was in this position until 1932. At Fort Macleod -1885/86
Shatner has enjoyed success with a series of science fiction novels published under his name, though most are widely believed to have been written by uncredited co-writers such as William T. Quick and Ron Goulart .  The first, published in 1989, was TekWar , which Shatner claims he developed initially as a screenplay during a Writers Guild strike that delayed production of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier .  This popular series of books led to four TekWar television movies, in which Shatner played the role of Walter Bascom, the lead character's boss. A short-lived television series followed, airing on USA Network and Sci-Fi Channel in the United States and CTV in Canada, in which Shatner made several appearances in the Bascom role and directed some of the episodes.