Godfrey, John Brock Secundus

With great sadness we announce John’s peaceful passing in his sleep of heart failure on April 7, 2022 at his home in Meaford at the age of 70.

Born in the Meaford Cottage Hospital on September 26, 1951, he was a son of the late Brock and Betty (nee Bosley) Godfrey.

John was the much loved older brother of Jane Aiello (Alex) and Martin Godfrey, and was predeceased by his sister Ann.  He was the proud uncle of his niece Tammy, nephew Mitch and 2 great nieces and their families.

Painting and art were John’s life and his home was his studio the last few years.  As a young man, he travelled the world, painted and had showings at galleries in downtown Toronto and the McMichael gallery in Kleinburg.  In lieu of a photo of John for his obituary, we have included a copy of one of his paintings that was on an invitation to a showing he had at Galerie Dresdnere on Hazelton Avenue in Toronto.

John was a very compassionate, caring, generous guy who was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was a dreamer while still being a realist.

Many thanks to his friend Karen who made the call for a wellness check when friends were unable to contact John.

Cremation has taken place and because John was a very private person there will be no public service.  A private family graveside interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Private family graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Suzanne Brown
    Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    John was such an interesting person: initially, one would not have suspected the extent of his artistic talent. I had the privilege of viewing some of his paintings: delightful! He was a private man but was always willing to chat. He was ever so helpful as a landlord. He will be missed…

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thanks so much

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  2. Pmcarthur
    Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    As a Meaford resident, I read about Johns passing.
    I wish all the best for your family and friends at this difficult time.
    He was such a great artist and man!
    He will be truly missed in our community and in our hearts!
    Your friend Bob Jackson & Pat McArthur

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  3. Ricks auto repair/rick and Bonnie almas
    Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    To johns family , our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time .

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  4. Bea Tinney
    Tuesday, April 12, 2022

    John Godfrey, was a very kind gentle man. I had the pleasure of having many discussions with him. John listened to every word you said and never forgot anything. He will be missed by his many friends. Rest in peace John

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  5. Anna Aagaard
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    John was a kind and caring landlord to us at the Cat’s Meow. It was always enjoyable to have a chat with him and he was quick to help when we needed something. We were very grateful for his support during Covid closures. We will miss him tremendously!

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  6. Hania Krajewski
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    Always a compassionate, generous and helpful landlord for the Cat’s Meow,

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  7. Barbara Rush
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    John certainly was a very considerate and helpful person. He would help anyone, he was such a considerate man, all who volunteered at the Cat’s Meow would certainly agree.
    A very unassuming person, John had talent and was very modest about it but his artwork and awards tell the tale.
    We will all miss you John. Thank you for all you’ve done
    R.I.P.

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  8. Jennifer shortt
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    My Condolences go out to his family and all who knew him. I remember him as a private, kind, generous, great listener and a conversationalist when you got him when he wasn’t so busy. R.I.P. John Brock Secundus Godfrey.

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  9. Wayne Button
    Wednesday, April 13, 2022

    I would like to send my Condolences to John’s Family and all who knew him. I didn’t know him very long, as I only lived in the area 4 years, I had the privilege to have met him through a local citizen. From what I knew of him, he was a caring, helping, kind, generous man, a great listener and an excellent conversationalist when he had time and not so busy. I have done a couple of favours for him because he didn’t have a computer, he wasn’t computer savvy and Old School/Old Fashion. R.I.P. John Brock Secundus Godfrey

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Saturday, April 16, 2022

      Thank you.

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  10. Shawn&diane
    Thursday, April 21, 2022

    John was a good friend & coworker you will be missed !

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Wednesday, April 27, 2022

      Thank you.

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  11. shelagh Fox
    Sunday, May 1, 2022

    My deepest sympathy to John’s family.I spent many happy times with John, laughing and discussing art.We were both artists.I am so saddened to hear of his passing. John was a brilliant man and a great artist.A wonderfully unique interesting man , with a great sense of humour.John worked harder than any artist I have known.He was always dreaming of and working towards an ingenious period, where his body of work would touch the world.
    Many Blessings John

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    1. Jane Aiello
      Tuesday, May 3, 2022

      Thank you so much.

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  12. Shelagh Fox
    Sunday, May 8, 2022

    Is it possible for a family member to contact me .Kindly Shelagh

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