Lounds, John Campbell

Pharmacist (retired)

Peacefully passed away at Collingwood General Hospital on January 2, 2021 in his 91st year.
Born in Collingwood, Ontario to John Wesley Lounds and Annie May Lounds (Campbell), John spent most of his childhood growing up in Simcoe, Ontario with his older sister Helen.

He grew up helping his father with the family-owned grocery store and, as he loved to recount, dealing with surprises like the tarantula hidden in the bananas he was unwrapping (at least that’s how big it looked at the time!).

He became a delivery boy for Roulston’s Drug Store in Simcoe and confirmed his passion for pharmacy by going to Pharmacy School at the University of Toronto.  There, he met Joan Legate, one of the few women at the time who were studying pharmacy — a “beautiful redhead” as he often described her. Amazingly, he got her to marry him in 1953.  Following graduation and after a stint at Diamond Drugs in Brantford, Ontario, he purchased a drug store of his own which brought him, along with his family, to Meaford, Ontario in 1960.

He will be most remembered for the many people he helped and served as a pharmacist during the years he owned and operated Muxlow’s Pharmacy in Meaford. He was a good businessman and was very generous of his time with customers.  He took a Christmas Day attempted break-in at the store in stride and made sure the narcotics under lock and key had not been tampered with.  Always a man of integrity, he decided to retire from pharmacy when he thought he might make a “mistake” in a prescription.

From the very beginning, he proudly adopted his new home town and was a big booster and supporter of Meaford. He lived that support through his work with the Rotary Club and the Business Improvement Area and as a member of the Town Planning Board.  Golf was a great passion throughout his life, and his “retirement” years were spent often on and around the course, enjoying the company of friends and helping out with anything that would improve the club atmosphere.  When not on the course, you could find him supporting various charitable causes or ringing the bell at Christmas time gathering donations for the Salvation Army.

He loved history, the English language, and above all, music and dancing. He would declare himself “sufficiently suffonsified” after a good meal, and always challenged us to name special words like the longest one in the English dictionary — “antidisestablishmentarianism”).

While he never played an instrument, he took part in barbershop quartets amongst other singing events. He loved the big bands from the time he was a high school disc jockey, where he prided himself on always ending the sets with a slow song to allow couples to dance closely, long before it was acceptable!  Dixieland Jazz, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra graced the home record shelves.

And he would never miss a chance to kick up the dust on the dance floor with whoever was willing, but especially with Joan. In his later years he recommitted in a note to his “wonderful wife”: “Oh the days dwindle down to a precious few; September November; And these few precious days I’ll spend with you; These precious days I’ll spend with you”.

And he did. He leaves his wife Joan, the love of his life for almost 70 years,  daughter Mary Elizabeth (m. Stephen Keast), son John Robert (m. Ellen McRae), grandchildren Megan and Michael Chapman, step-grandchildren Aimee, Scott, Melanie, and Edward Ruttle, and great-grandchildren Makala, Lou, and Finn.  He also leaves many nieces and nephews and their families, who were always checking in on Unca John, and many, many friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched.  Generous and encouraging of his children and grandchildren in following their own paths, he was the main reason that all were able to embark on their own careers and achieve success in their own way.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.

If so desired and as your expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of one’s choice through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9  where condolences may also be shared at:  www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Service:A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or a charity of choice
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Jody Hodgkinson
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Very saddened to hear of John’s passing. John and Joan were a huge part of my teenage life due to the friendship I had with their daughter Mary. I remember times around the family dinner table when John would try and test my knowledge of countries and their capital cities. During those years I considered their home in Meaford to be my second home. I also remember John working in the Pharmacy, his dedication to customers and professionalism. I would like to send my love, thoughts and prayers to Joan, Mary and John and all the other members of the family.
    Jody Hodgkinson

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  2. Cathy Rowles Wetterberg
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    To Joan, Mary and John, my sincere deepest condolences. I owe my pharmacy career to John Lounds whom I did my internship and apprenticeship under. He was a wonderful caring and supportive mentor to me and gave me my start in my professional career. In recent years John would try and connect with me while I was working in Owen Sound when here on his yearly eye appointments. Sincere hugs to you all, Cathy

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  3. Alison Pedwell
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    I had the privilege of beginning my career in pharmacy under the direction of Mr. Lounds. It took a long time to call him John because at that time , and throughout he had my deepest respect. My thoughts are with Joan, Mary, John and families at this sad time. He will always be remembered as a wonderful pharmacist and a big part of our Muxlow Pharmacy family.

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  4. John Foley
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Wanted to pass on my condolences to the family. Never an easy time. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

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  5. Jennifer Dorgelo
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Dear Mary & Stephen, Michael and Megan
    Thinking of all of you at this sad time. Mary, I remember your Dad’s friendly and reassuring face in the Pharmacy many years ago. Michael & Megan I’m sorry for the loss of your grandfather. Take good care of each other at this sad time. Your family and friends will get you through.

    With my condolences,
    Jennifer

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  6. Janice Shakell Wilson
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Kate and I send our deepest condolences to the Lounds family. Mom worked for John for many years and we have many memories of his kindness and generosity. May your many memories comfort you at this very sad time.
    Janice Shakell Wilson

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  7. Patti Goodwin
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. As I started my nursing career at MGH, he and Joan were the hospital pharmacists, always on hand to ask for advice or share their knowledge of medications. My condolences to Joan, Mary and John at this time. Keep your memories close, they will help you through this difficult time.

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  8. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Tuesday, January 5, 2021

    Dear Mary and Stephen
    Thinking of you at such a sad and difficult time. Cherish the many memories that you have of your dad,
    Hugs,
    Sandi and Randy

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  9. Verna Wilcox
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Sincere condolences. I fondly remember working at Muxlow Pharmacy as a teenager

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  10. Wayne and Marylyn Kipp
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Dear Joan, Mary and John,
    We are saddened to learn of John’s passing, and remember with fondness how kindly John and Joan welcomed us into the business community in Meaford when we became partners in Muxlow Pharmacy. May your many wonderful memories be a comfort to you in the days ahead. Sincere condolences to you and your families.
    Wayne and Marylyn Kipp

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  11. Jim and Deb Chapman
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    John and Mary ~
    Jim and I have great memories of fun times with John and Joan.
    We walked many golf courses together watching Megan in competitions. We shared lunches and dinners even the odd drink.
    Your parents had a great retirement and it was good to see them happy.
    I know you all cherish your memories of fun and travel together.
    Our thoughts are with all of you.
    Warm regards
    Jim and Deb

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  12. Marjorie Miller
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Joan and family.. so sorry to hear about John. I know he will be sadly missed.
    Marj. Miller

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  13. Leon and Lyn Walisser
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    So sorry to hear about John. We have nice memories of Maple Leaf and you two.

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  14. Jan Morrison
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Dearest Joan, Mary and John
    We were so sad to hear of Johns passing. I have such amazing memories of time spent with your family, from the years living next door, to sharing Cait’s wedding at the lake, your visit with us in Australia, and the love and support when my father passed, not to mention the many visits and special John breakfasts over the years
    I’m so sorry we didn’t connect when I was home last year and now with Covid restrictions I’m not sure when I will get back to Canada. Please know we are thinking of you during this sad time and sending love to you and the extended family
    Jan Morrison and family

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  15. Wally Mcleod
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Joan and Family : So, sorry to hear of John’s passing. Fond memories of our years at Maple Leaf both socially and on the golf course. John was a true gentleman. May we express our deepest sympathy and may God bless you and your family at this difficult time. Rest in Peace John. Wally and Marg Mcleod

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  16. Connie Miller Retzer
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Dear Joan, John & Ellen and family, Mary, Michael and Megan,

    We are very sorry to hear of John’s passing and know you will cherish many good memories of him. We have good memories of the times we shared visiting in Meaford, and on our travels together. We will miss John.

    Our thoughts are with you,

    Love Connie, Brian and Alex

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  17. Caitlin Burgess (daughter of Janet Snider)
    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    I’m so very sorry to hear of John’s passing – sending much love and light at this difficult time.
    I remember many a glorious summer spent in their pool in Meaford, when we would travel from Australia to spend time with my grandfather Jake Snider. John and Joan were great friends of my grandparents, and I always loved hearing the many stories they would tell us of their younger days together.
    Despite our distance, John and Joan were the primary inspiration for me in becoming a pharmacist. John was especially interested in my studies and I remember during one visit him grilling me on all the latest medications that might help him make it around the golf course a little easier (tongue in cheek of course).
    While we hadn’t been able to visit as often recently, you were often in my thoughts. I only wish I had one last opportunity to say goodbye and hear one of those stories again, told with gusto and that trademark smile.
    Sending so much love to Joan, Mary and John all the way from Australia. xxoo

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  18. Wendy& Willy
    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    Joan & and family: Our condolences. John was always so kind and full of very interesting stories. He will truly be missed

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  19. Betty Goodall
    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    Joan and Family

    Our sincere condolences. John was our neighbor and friend in Florida, We have many fond memories and always regarded John as the epitome of a “gentleman”. He had a great sense of humor and was quite the raconteur. We missed his presence on our street. Our hearts go out to you at this sad time.

    Bill and Betty Goodall

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  20. Paul Dunn
    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    Joan & family:

    My sincere condolences at this difficult time. I have good memories of John and yourself over the years at the Meaford golf course. John will be greatly missed by everyone that knew and loved him.

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  21. Jim Walker
    Friday, January 8, 2021

    Dear Joan,
    Our sincere sympathy on your loss. We always enjoyed encountering both you and John whether at the bridge table or the golf course at Maple Leaf. John was an interesting and gentlemanly kind of guy. He usually left us chuckling when he was asked how his golf game was going and he would routinely reply, “Ho hum, another par”. Please accept our condolences.
    Jim and Gladys Walker

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  22. Paula Almond
    Sunday, January 10, 2021

    Mary,
    I am thinking of you and your family at this time. I hope you are able to share many wonderful stories, smiles and laughs in remembrance of your father. Take care.
    Paula Almond

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  23. Mary
    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Dear Joan and family, these are such trying times. Our very sincere condolences to you. John will be missed by many, and memories of his prowess on the golf course will be discussed for years to come.

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  24. Donna Kearns
    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Dear Joan, John and Mary

    Our condolences to you and your family as you mourn the death of a husband, father, grandfather. We have memories of engaging conversations with John at social gatherings. May your memories be a comfort to you in the days ahead. Thinking of you. Rob and Donna

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  25. Donna Kearns
    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Dear Joan, John, Mary and families

    Our condolences as you mourn the death of a husband, father, and grandfather. We have memories of good conversations with John at social gatherings. May your memories be a comfort to you in the days ahead. Thinking of you.

    Rob and Donna

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  26. David Sled
    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Our sincere condolences for your loss.

    David and Kathy Sled

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  27. Bill Siksay
    Monday, January 11, 2021

    Dear Joan, Mary and John,

    My mother, Patricia Siksay (Patricia Livingstone) was John’s cousin. I noticed John’s obituary in the Globe and Mail on Saturday, and read it to Mum and Dad yesterday. Mum asked me to pass on her condolences to you. Mum and Dad remember visiting John at the store in Meaford, and our conversation led to many fond memories of John’s parent’s, John and Anne. This branch of the Lounds family is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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  28. Lori and Dan Jones
    Monday, January 11, 2021

    To Joan, John and Mary and families, we were saddened to hear of John’s passing and want to give our deepest condolences for the loss of a wonderful man. He was a very important figure in my life, giving me a job right out of high school that has made my entire career. We enjoyed many gatherings of Muxlow staff at special events and John and Joan were such gracious hosts and generous employers. I know John will be greatly missed and leaves you all with many wonderful memories.

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  29. Shirley Keaveney
    Thursday, January 14, 2021

    Dear Joan, John, Mary and your families,
    I’m so sorry for the loss of John, a life well lived. May your cherished memories sustain you as your mourn the loss of such a kind, loving, accomplished man. He will be remembered as one of the very best. My sincerest condolences to you all.
    Shirley Keaveney

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