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    - Marc Vannier
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RISDON, John Robert
February 8, 1953 – February 18, 2013
After 8 years of cancer, John passed away peacefully the evening of February 18th, embraced by family and friends. John's journey was one of strength, determination, love and humour. He will forever be missed by his wife of 40 years, Marie (Vanier), his cherished sons, Christopher and Patrick and his beautiful grandchildren, Bryah and Deaglan. John leaves behind his brothers, Ken (Johanne), James (Ada) and Robert. He was predeceased by his youngest brother Norman (Brigitte). John had many interests, but the greatest of these was music. He spent many years assisting stage at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival as well as volunteering at Bluesfest. His enjoyment of music was so great that he eventually chose to get a music degree from Carleton University. He loved his time living on Charleston Lake, kayaking, boating and watching nature at every turn. He lovingly built a wonderful home where he could enjoy the beauty that surrounded him. This is where he retired to spend his last days sharing a glass of Guinness with friends and family, driving his beloved tractor, watching the wondrous sunrises over the lake and sharing this experience with his grandchildren. We all will miss his dry wit and sarcastic banter. Friends may call at the Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 3440 Richmond Rd, (between Baseline Rd. and Bayshore Dr.), Nepean on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial Service will
be held in the chapel on Saturday, February 23rd, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
donations to the Ottawa Cancer Centre
would be appreciated. Condolences,
donations or tributes may be made at


Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2013
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