Kadwell, John Harris

John Kadwell of Thornbury passed away with his loving wife by his side at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener on Saturday, December 24, 2022 at the age of 80.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, John was a son of the late Jack and Mariette (nee LeRiche) Kadwell.

John was truly loved and will be deeply mourned by his wife and dearest friend, Sherry (nee Dinsmore) Kadwell of Thornbury.  He was the extremely proud and generous father of Harris Kadwell (Connor Long) and Davis Kadwell (Stephen Andrianopoulos).

John will be sadly missed by his children, Kirk Kadwell (Paula Walsh), Keri Beauchamp (Riley), Keenan Kadwell (Jennifer Case), and he will be remembered by their mother, Linda denBok (nee Shepherd).

Grandpa’s famous Kadwell hugs will be missed by his grandchildren, Kyle Kadwell, Alicia Kadwell, Kenzie Kadwell, and McKinley Kadwell, and he will be remembered fondly by David Reid, Erica Reid, Ari Beauchamp, and Solomon Beauchamp.

He was the dear brother of Jack Kadwell (Norene) and was predeceased by his brother Jed Kadwell.  John was the cherished son-in-law of Eileen Dinsmore (late Sam), and brother-in-law of Michael Dinsmore (Dawna), Scott Dinsmore, and Margie Juniper (Jim).  He will be remembered fondly by his many nieces, nephews and their families.  John treasured his friendships and will be missed by many special friends.

John truly loved life and had a very spontaneous and adventurous nature.  He was outgoing, always looked ahead and wasn’t scared to try anything, even if it involved taking a risk.  In 1968 John moved to the Blue Mountain area in anticipation of the growth and development in the area.  He played a major role in the expansion of Monterra Golf Course and the surrounding area.  John was a dreamer and a planner, he wanted to be part of the action, even if it meant relocating.

He was a proud longtime member of the Beaver Valley Masonic Lodge. In his free time he enjoyed skiing, cycling, flying, biking, playing cards and travelling with family and friends.   John was always well dressed for any occasion and liked to balance work and play.  In his earlier years he worked as an electrician and then ventured out working in property planning development, which he thoroughly enjoyed because this allowed him to work towards a dream or a vision.  John was so pleased to be able to work alongside Sherry, Harris and Davis and to help relocate the Tigs store to its present location in Thornbury.

A private family celebration of John’s life will take place in the near future.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Salvation Army 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

 

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A private family celebration of John’s life will take place in the near future.

Donations: Meaford Hospital Foundation or the Salvation Army
Make a donation in memory of John Harris Kadwell


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Tom Kritsch
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    I first met john when he was the building inspector for TBM. Always a reasonable, resourceful fair businessman. A canny Texas hold ‘em player. Proud of his family and a loyal friend and husband. Sorry to hear of his passing.
    Condolences to his many friends, Sheri and extended fasmily

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  2. Linda Wilson
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Keenan, Kirk and the Kadwell Family our sincere condolences in the loss of your Father, Grandpa and Husband. Our thoughts are with all of you.
    Paul & Linda Wilson

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  3. Cherie Thompson (hogg)
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Though and prayers to all of your family
    Sherry

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  4. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Dear Sherry, Harris, Davis, Dinsmore & Kadwell Family’s
    Thinking you and sending our deepest condolences at this most difficult time. Cherish the wonderful memories you have of John as they will help you in times of grief.
    Hugs to all,
    Sandra & Randy

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  5. Jody Hodgkinson
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    I met John and Sherry when I was hired as an employee at the former Township of Collingwood. John was the Chief Building Official. As time passed the three of us became good friends sharing dinners together and watching the Meaford Santa Claus parade from my apartment window.
    John was a very loving husband, father and friend. He was kind and generous. I remember being in a local restaurant with a friend and John paid for our lunch.
    John always gave big hugs and that smile just warmed your heart. Such a kind, caring man I will miss you my friend.
    Condolences to Sherry, Harris, Davis, Dinsmore and Kadwell families. Hugs

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    1. Murray & Gail Scott
      Saturday, December 31, 2022

      Sherry, thinking of you & the girls at this sad time.
      Sending our deepest sympathies.

      Murray & Gail Scott

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  6. Ernie and Sandy
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    We will miss all the special times we have shared with John over the 45 years of our friendship – motorcycle trips, camping and cycling, and fun-filled dinners together. John lived a full life, always generous and caring with his friends. His death will leave a huge whole in our lives and our hearts.

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  7. BILL DENBOK
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Kirk, Keri, Keenan and families,
    We are so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. You are in our thoughts at this extremely difficult time.
    “What we keep in memory is ours unchanged forever”
    Hugs to all,
    Bill and Joyce

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  8. Michael Abercrombie
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    I was introduced to Butch by late fire chief Dave Hammond. It did not take long to discover we both shared a love for motor cycles.Butch was always always ready for another ride, rain or shine.Many memorable rides and times. RIP Butch. My sincere condolences to Sherry, Harris, Davis and family.
    Michael Abercrombie

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  9. Stephanie Sheridan
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Sherry and all of your family
    Sorry to hear of John’s passing.Our sincere condolences at this sad time.
    Tom and Stephanie Sheridan

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  10. Judy Hockley
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    To Sherry and family. So sorry to hear about John. I met John in 1969 at the law firm where I worked in Collingwood and I worked with John for many years on his property developments. John was very passionate about his work and family and he was very generous at Christmas time. I will miss his smile God Bless
    Sincerely Judy Hockley (Collingwood)

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  11. Paul Warwick
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Keenan and family.I didn’t know your Father but if he was like his son he was a great person.Alana and I give you are condolences at this unhappy time.

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  12. Doug and Denyse
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    Our sincere sympathy to you, Sherry, Harris, Davis and the Kadwell family. Sending hugs with love!

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  13. Dave Young
    Wednesday, December 28, 2022

    I have known Mr Kadwell well for a long time, he always impressed me of how caring a father he was.
    Not to mention how he always made me feel at welcome whenever I was over at his home.
    I will always remember his smile, and laugh. Or the time he tried to tell me to call him John, since we had known each other for a long time. I tried to but…
    It didn’t sound right
    So he had to settle on me going back to me calling him “sir”
    He will be missed, and fondly remembered

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  14. Linda Teed
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Sherry and families of John
    Always a smile, he was MC when Jerry became Master of the Lodge. Hold on to those memories , that are in your minds. They may fade, but never go away.
    Thinking of you at this time.
    Linda

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  15. John & Deb Ponzo
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Sherry, Harris, Davis and Family

    Our family’s hearts are so saddened by JK’s passing.
    A true caring, loving and generous friend – always supportive with time to listen.
    The memories of family dinners, Killarney trips, boating, biking and euchre nights will stay with us forever. You will be missed but never forgotten our friend ❤️

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  16. Gary & Sharon Long
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Condolences to the Kadwell & Dinsmore families.
    John was building inspector for the Township of Collingwood when we built our house many years ago.
    His smile, friendship and hugs will be remembered.
    Cherish the memories.

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  17. Ron & Shelley Gibbons
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Sincere condolences to Sherry, the whole Kadwell & Dinsmore families.
    Ron meant John many, many years ago when he started to work for Collingwood Township, back when there where only about seven employees total! Always such a friendly, fun man. He will be missed.
    Ron & Shelley Gibbons

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  18. Lindsay & David Eaton
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Dear Sherry, Harris, Davis and Family,

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. John will be truly missed.

    Your Friends,

    David and Lindsay Eaton , and Helen Morgan

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  19. Eileen, Steven, Tracey and Tanya Gamble
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Sincere condolence to you Sherry and your family.
    Memories last a lifetime to treasure.

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  20. Deb Chapman
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Sherry, Harris and Davis ~
    To all of your family, we are very sad to hear about your lovely husband and Dad.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Sincere sympathy
    Deb and Jim Chapman

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  21. Crista Dennis
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    So saddened to hear of your loss Keenan, Kirk & Keri, Sheri & your girls. Sincere condolences from the Dennis family.

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  22. The Lloyd Family (Connie, Jason and Michelle)
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Dear Keenan and family. We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We will keep you in our hearts and our thoughts in the days, weeks and months ahead.

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  23. Anne Culbertson
    Thursday, December 29, 2022

    Dear Sherry I am so sorry for your loss! Know you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers

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  24. Kathy & Bruce Green
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Sherry, Harris, Davis and extended families.
    We were so sorry to hear this sad news of John’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sending our deepest condolences.
    Hugs, Kathy & Bruce Green

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  25. Melanie Gerber
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Dear Sherry, Harris and Davis,
    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Hold all your memories close to your heart. They will help you through this time.

    The Baldwin kids,

    Robyn, Shawn & Melanie

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  26. Deb and Gene
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Sherry, Harris and Davis and the Kadwell and Dinsmore families,
    We are sending love and hugs and hoping that each day that passes let’s in just a little bit of sunshine. John was a great guy who will be remembered for so many reasons including his love and pride in each of you. ❤️

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  27. John and Carol Saunders
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to Sherry, and family, Harris, Davis,Kirk,Kerry and Keenan, and their partners and children. We will miss Butch in a big way, having know him for 30 years as a close friend.
    We were on many motorcycle trips, a couple of fun filled cruises the latest earlier this year, pool games, poker games ,umpteen lunches, dinners with the four us regularly but for sure at birthday times.
    He will definitely leave a big hole in our hearts. John and Carol Saunders

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  28. Barb Weeden
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Sherri, Harris, Davis and our Dinsmore friends,

    Sending our sincere condolences and sympathy during this very difficult time,

    Barb and Mary
    WEEDEN

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  29. Angela Kirkpatrick
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Davis and family,

    The Kirkpatrick and Andrianopoulos families, along with Steve, were so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Sending our deepest condolences.

    Angela and Steve
    xo

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  30. amanda potts
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Sherry and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

    Amanda

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  31. Tara Tilson
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Todd and I are saddened to hear of John’s passing and he will be missed from his and Ernie’s breakfast visits with us at Tilly’s By The Bay.

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  32. Bonnie Hammond
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Sherry & family – I was so saddened to read about John’s passing! You are all in my thoughts & prayers! Enjoy your wonderful memories – they will help you get through this difficult time! Sending you a big hug, Sherry!
    Bonnie Hammond

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  33. Margaret Plater
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Dear Sherry, sending you my sincerest condolences on the passing of John. ❤️

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  34. Harold and Bev Ardiel
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Sherry and family,
    Sending our sincere condolences to everyone at this very difficult time.

    Harold and Bev

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  35. Andrea Russell
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Such a big part of our community and such a big part of your lives Sherry, Kirk, Keri, Keenan, Harris and Davis and families…we are thinking of you all. Much love from Andrea, Lucie and the entire Russell family.

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  36. Colin
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Condolences Sherry and Family.
    John was the main reason I was able to make a major life decision to move up here in the late 80’s. He was larger than life – determined, imaginative, leading, grounded and considerate. It did not take long to appreciate his tenacity! He was a major early influence on me and I’ll never forget that. Rest in peace.

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  37. Peter Lougheed
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    Sherry, and kids. This news has just been brought to my attention. I am so deeply saddened to hear of this news. Wish I had words. Please know that I’m thinking and praying for all of you.

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  38. Carol Stacey
    Friday, December 30, 2022

    So sorry to hear of your loss Keenan and Family.
    Carol and Wally Stacey

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  39. The Pearsons
    Saturday, December 31, 2022

    Sherry, Harris, Davis, and the Dinsmore clan….
    Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Cherish your memories of a special man. Sending hugs to you, Sherry.
    With love from Jennifer & Bill

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  40. Murray Armstrong
    Saturday, December 31, 2022

    Best buddy. We did a lot of things together. Love Murray.

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  41. Marilou Harris
    Saturday, December 31, 2022

    Sherry,Harris,Davis. My prays are with you

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  42. Shirley & Paul Woolner
    Saturday, December 31, 2022

    Sherri, Harris, Davis and families
    We just learned of your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. John will live on forever in your memories of him. Use your memories of him to help see you through this difficult time.

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  43. Scott Kadwell
    Saturday, December 31, 2022

    Our family had the pleasure of meeting John, Sherry, Davis and Dallas for the first time this summer after being informed the Kadwell’s owned Tig’s after we moved to Thornbury. The first meeting was great from the start. It has been very rewarding to get to know everyone and learn more of our extended family. Condolences to the whole family for such a big loss.

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  44. Trevor McKean
    Sunday, January 1, 2023

    Kirk, Kerri, Keenan & family. So sorry for your loss, John was a great man & friend to our family! I send condolences on behalf of my family

    Trevor McKean

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  45. Preston, Sharon and Brooke
    Sunday, January 1, 2023

    Sherry, Harris, Davis and families. Such a terrible loss for you and all the lives John touched. Treasure your memories and talk about them often. You’re in our thoughts.

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  46. Joan Hutton
    Sunday, January 1, 2023

    Sherry,Harris & Davis
    Sending my sincere condolences to you at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.

    Joan Hutton

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  47. Andrea Molyneux
    Monday, January 2, 2023

    Sherry, Harris and Davis – so very sorry to learn of John’s passing.

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  48. Karen Monks
    Monday, January 2, 2023

    Sherry, Harris & Davis,

    Sending you my sincere condolences at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
    Hugs,
    Karen Monks

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  49. Jane Gyles
    Monday, January 2, 2023

    Dear Sherry, Harris & Davis, and all the Kadwell family,

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of John, & your Dad, Harris & Davis. We have great memories with our family growing up together. Our deepest sympathy at this time, for your whole family.

    Love to all,
    Jane & John, Brier & Kailey

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  50. Lucy Hilts
    Monday, January 2, 2023

    Sherry, Harris, Davis – Kadwell & Dinsmore Families
    Our thoughts are with you all on the sad news of John’s passing. Sincere condolences to you all at this most difficult time.
    Blair & Lucy

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  51. Rick Crouch
    Monday, January 2, 2023

    For over 35 years John was a valued friend and I was devasted to learn of his passing. I met John and Sherry in 1985 through my former wife Jo-Anne (now deceased) who worked together with them at the former Township of Collingwood office in Clarksburg. We were also neighbours on Mountain Road and quickly became good friends enjoying dinners, trips to the movies and countless New Year’s together even when we lived in Chicago. Personally I shared John’s love for all thing business, skiing and motorcycling the latter of which he often pushed the limit regarding speed. More than once he was successful in talking us out of costly speeding tickets. John was a true friend and if you needed it, would give you the shirt off his back even if it was his last. He will be sorrily missed but never forgotten.

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  52. Christine J, RN
    Monday, January 2, 2023

    I had the pleasure of caring for John while he was in CVICU after his heart surgery. Thank you for our lovely conversations John, even when they were a little mixed up at times. You told me lots about your family and all that you accomplished in life. You certainly lived your life to its fullest. Hope you get all the chocolate milk and ice cream you can eat in heaven John.
    My condolences to you Sherry, Harris, And Davis. Thinking of you.

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  53. Gary and Beverlee Dillon
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023

    Sherry and family we were very sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and condolences
    to you all!
    Gary and Bev Dillon

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  54. Mary Solomon
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023

    Sherry,
    So sorry to hear about John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Reading about John he seem to never waste a moment. Those moments are now your memories to help during this time and to cherish in the future.

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  55. Mark Silver
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023

    Dear Sherry, Harris , and Davis
    So sorry to hear of your loss
    Hopefully your memories of John will sustain you during this difficult time
    Thinking, and saying a prayer for you
    Mark Silver

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  56. Barb Holland
    Tuesday, January 3, 2023

    Sherry, Davis and Harris and family
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I know you will have many memories to treasure
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
    Love and hugs
    Ellen Smith, David and Barb Holland, Lorna Vickers and Chris Ferris and Paul and Karen Vickers

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  57. Miriam Carne
    Thursday, January 5, 2023

    Dear Sherry, Harris, Davis and family. We were so shocked and saddened by the news of John’s passing. We grieve with you.
    With much love
    Jim and Lorraine Carne
    Miriam Carne

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  58. Cathy Lancey
    Thursday, January 5, 2023

    Sherry, so sorry for your loss
    Thinking of you
    Cathy Lancey and family

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  59. Laurie Lane
    Friday, January 6, 2023

    Deepest condolences

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  60. Bob O'Brien
    Saturday, January 7, 2023

    Sherry, Harris, Davis and Family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Butch’s passing. What a lovely man! The impact of his generous spirit and compassion and was far-reaching.

    We hope you’ll find comfort in the lyrics of this beautiful hymn…

    When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
    And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
    Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
    And then proclaim: My God, how great Thou art!

    May your loving memories sustain you through your grief and guide you and your family in the days ahead.
    I’m sure going to miss my dear friend of 60 years. Holding his memory close to heart.

    Our heartfelt condolences to both family and friends, ~ Bob & Karen

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  61. Trisha Clark
    Monday, January 9, 2023

    John was always a good friend to my dad (Murray Armstrong) and my family. My dad liked to tell stories about his adventures with John, and they usually involved skiing. He also told a story from when they were both living in Ajax and working at Eaton’s. My dad was living with his mom and she had baked tarts for the church bazaar that were not to be touched. John came by the house and ate one of the tarts. My dad said that anyone else would have been in trouble but John was able to charm and talk his way out of it. One of the memories that popped into my head was being at a nice restaurant with “Uncle Butch” when I was a kid. He got a twinkle in his eye and said, “Watch this.” Then he folded the cloth napkin, held it in front of his chest, and opened it so it stuck out like two boobs … of course with that grin on his face.

    John will be missed and he will be remembered.

    Hugs to all,
    Trish, Murray and Emma Jean

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  62. Gerald & Sherry Bistretzan
    Monday, January 9, 2023

    Sherry and family, we were so sorry to hear of of your great loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are truly with you at this difficult time and in the days to come.

    Gerald & Sherry Bistretzan

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  63. Mylisa Henderson
    Monday, January 9, 2023

    Sherry, Harris and Davis,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Sincere condolences from our family to yours.

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  64. Silvia Stuckey
    Friday, January 13, 2023

    Dear Sherry, Harris and Davis,
    We are very sorry to learn of John’s passing.
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Jim and Silvia Stuckey

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