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After a short illness, at NHS-Niagara Falls, on Thursday, June 8/2023, loving husband of Cecile (nee Lopushenski) for 69 years.  Devoted father of Dennis (Karen) Lori and Reg (Karen).  Proud grandfather of Shanayde (Dylan) Llord and Regan (Ro) and great-grandfather of Rhett and Ellis.  Survived by brother Donald (late Pat), Joyce (late Harry) Breadman, Bob (Linda).  John was predeceased by his siblings Ken (Anne) and Patti (Reg) Drake.  He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and their families.

He was a sincere, smart, logical, dedicated, kind, gentle, quiet man.  He was devoted to his wife, his kids, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Any time we needed him, he was always there.  His heart and soul were always full of kindness and sincerity.  He was a loyal employee of General Motors for 47 years and was dedicated to his craft that many found hard to follow.  His passion for gardening showed and took pride in everything he did.

He had a few nicknames, such as “Rocky “, “Atlas “and, “Silent John “, which the later was so fitting.  He rarely voiced his concerns/opinions but led by his actions which were deafening.  Anytime any of us would reach out, he was there.  Always supportive, always there, always a hello, or a wave, always a smile and always had time.

He was a man you could turn to for knowledge or advice, for help, and always there to give a gentle nudge forward.

We were all truly blessed to have him in our lives.  A gentle kind soul and a true gentle man.  The space that now exists will never be filled but will always be remembered and will always be so deeply missed.  His love will remain like an eternal glow and we love him more than words can ever say.

A special thanks to Dad’s support team: Dr. Ahmed, Erin Jarvis, Flo Palmer-Butler and her team,  Juleigh Z., Dani Davison, Dr. Rohani and Unit D at Greater Niagara Hospital.

In honouring John’s wishes cremation has taken place.  Interment will take place in a private family service.  Memorial donations to Parkinson Society or Hospice Niagara would be appreciated.   

Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 26 Nihan Drive, St. Catharines (between Lake Street & Scott Street), 289-362-1144.  Online condolences may be made at

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