John Anthony Barry Fetherstonhaugh died peacefully on April 15, 2014 at the age of 87.
He was the son of Harold Lea Fetherstonhaugh and Edith Marjorie Scott. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Catherine Anne (nee Notman) and predeceased by his sister Mary Lea. John was father to Timothy Keith Edward (died 1953), Robert Barry of Montreal, John Brian of New York, and Catherine Lea Graham of Ottawa. John was a lawyer, prosecutor, lecturer, historian, proud veteran and enthusiastic supporter of many diverse causes.
He was born, lived and died in Montreal, the city he adored. He grew up in Westmount where he attended Selwyn House and Westmount High. He graduated with a BCL from McGill University, completing his final year in French at Laval University in Quebec City. He went on to receive his Masters of Law (LLM in labour law) from Harvard University. His law career spanned more than 35 years. He served as Secretary of the Bar of Montreal in the mid 1960's and was a founding director of the Legal Aid Bureau of the Bar of Montreal. He was named the English representative to revise the Quebec Civil Code of Procedure. In 1965, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel (QC).
He served as Prosecutor of both the Westmount and Dorval municipal courts.
During high school John signed up as a wartime artillery volunteer. He trained at Camp Petawawa and became a bombardier instructor. He joined the Royal Canadian Artillery 51st Regiment, and rose to the rank of Captain in the militia.
John was an advocate for many causes, including aviation safety, veterans' affairs, prisoners' rights (President of John Howard Society), seniors' care (President of St Margaret's Home), Haiti earthquake relief, and land mine control. He was very proud to represent Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers Union and even joined their picket lines. John was active in politics for over seven decades. He travelled to the former Yugoslavia in 1947 as a representative of the McGill Young Liberals. He was copy editor for the McGill Daily. John ran for the Liberal Party nomination to Parliament in the 1960's and again in the 70's. A resident of Dorval for over 55 years, John served as the President of the Dorval Municipal Association, was a founding director of the Dorval Library, and an active member of the Dorval Historical Society.
John's greatest ambition in his own words was to "leave the world a better place for my grandchildren." He was the beloved Gramps to Julie, Laura, David, Claire, Alison, Alexander, and Brian, and step-grandfather to Brittany and Alex. He was much loved by Christine Zufelt, Christine Kofler, John Graham, Heidi Edwards and many friends and family the world over. A special thanks goes to Diane Boyer and the team at the Ste. Anne's Veteran's Hospital Liaison Centre who provided extraordinary support, companionship and care for John over the past several years.
Funeral Services will be held in the Chapel at JJ Cardinal, 560 Bord du Lac in Dorval, Quebec at 4 p.m. on Saturday April 26, 2014. A Reception will follow at the same location.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice or to: Ste. Anne's Hospital Foundation 305, Boul. des Anciens-Combattants Sainte-Anne-de- Bellevue, Québec H9X 1Y9 If you wish, you can donate online at: http:/ /fondationhsa.ca/un-don/campagne-annuelle/?lang=en
Published in The Gazette from Apr. 19 to Apr. 23, 2014