Dec. 16, 1922 - Dec. 26, 2012 John William Sawers, died peacefully from Parkinson's Disease at Sunnybrook Veterans Hospital, Toronto, on December 26, 2012, at the age of 90. Survived by his loving wife, Marion (nee Ritchie), daughters Marilyn (Rod Redmond) and Janelle Withers (Ferris Virani), granddaughters Wendy Mullins, Yasmin and Tasha Virani. Great-grandfather to Rebecca and Cole, step-great-grandfather to Andrew. Predeceased by grandson, Ryan Redmond.
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John served with the Armed Forces 28 ½ years, serving in WWII in Iceland with the Cameron Highlanders and then in England. He was transferred to The Canadian Intelligence Corps in 1944, and saw service in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. Leaving the forces in 1967, he worked with the National Research Council producing various building codes, and then with Central Mortgage and Housing Corp., Engineering Div., and Technology Research Div. At age 60, he and Marion retired to a farm in the Smiths Falls area. John was a prolific writer who produced many papers on Intelligence, Building Construction and his favorite subject- Antiques. At his request, there will be no funeral service at this time. A private service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 28, 2012