Mom with John
Left to Right- Brother Michael, Aunt Irene, JOHN
They were great playmates and share many happy memories.
We were a family of 4, however Roxanne was yet to be born.L-R..Michael, Linda, JOHN
John, was a shy, good looking and very smart lad as you can see. He had skipped a few grades in school. He went to Strathcona School, and then to Owen Sound Collegiate. Loved to play Lacross, and sports. Had a job as a Bell Boy in a fancy hotel, where
he was thrilled to meet Louis Armstrong. John could play
musical instruments by ear, and loved to play the trumpet
Michael with JOHN who had joined the Navy. He was on the ship called "The Bonaventure". I didn't see John much after that because of our age difference and our interest. He would come home on leave, and I was dating and oh boy, did he decide which of his buddy's that could go out with his little sister!! I remember he was often out with his friend Errol Hadley. He had met his future
wife while in the Navy. His beautiful French wife, Suzanne Petitclerc who was in the WAVES.
Another picture of the four of us.
Mike, John, Roxanne and Linda
Four children, and now only three.
Our brother died far too young!
Happy times! John, Wanda(Mike's wife) Suzanne (Johns wife), and Mike
John has two children, Patrick and Maryssa with his wife Suzanne. He later had two children with his second wife Kaye. John Jr. and Andrew.
John died at age 48 years old. He woke March 1st, 20 years today not feeling very well and decided to return to bed for a little longer. He had an important meeting at work in the morning, so pushed himself to get up and go to his meeting. When it was over, he mentioned to his Secretary, that he wasn't feeling very good and was going to drive himself to the Brampton Hospital. On route there, while driving on Hwy 43, he had a heart attack, drove off the road
and hit a tree. He left many broken hearts behind.
This is Nathan, John and Frans baby
This is Ashley, Patrick's daughter and Johns Grandaughter
John, as I mentioned, also has a beautiful daughter Maryssa and two children. Dylan and Samantha
Maryssa's children Dylan and Samantha (Wouldn't John be proud!)
Johns daughter, Maryssa and her new life beginning with Craig
Suzanne, John's 1st wife, now lives in Montreal with her husband John-Eve's. We are in touch and she is like a loving sister to us
I find an old photograph and see your smile. As I feel your presence anew, I am filled with warmth and my heart remembers love.
I read an old card sent many years ago during a time of turmoil and confusion. The soothing words written then still caress my spirit and bring me peace.
I remember who you used to be the laughter we shared and wonder what you have become. Where are you now, Where did you go, When the body is left behind and the spirit is released to fly?
Perhaps you are the morning bird singing joyfully at sunrise, or the butterfly that dances so carelessly on the breeze or the rainbow of colors that brightens a stormy sky or the fingers of afternoon mist delicately reaching over the mountains or the final few rays of the setting sun lighting up the skies edging the clouds with a magical glow.
I miss your being but I feel your presence, In whatever form you choose to take, however you now choose to be.
Your spirit has become for me a guardian angel on high guiding, advising, and watching over me.
I remember you. You are with me and I am not afraid.
Note: Special thanks to Roxanne, who on quick notice, dropped everything she was doing to find pictures of John to use today, and also to her friend Michelle who kindly scanned them and got them e-mailed to me from Ontario, to B.C.