IRVING, John Henry
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Peacefully on Friday January 27,2012 in his 87th year at West End Villa with family by his side. Beloved son of the late David and Jean (nee Ewart) Irving. Predeceased by his sisters Elizabeth (Monks) and Margaret (Ferguson) and brothers David and Ewart. Survived by sister-in-law Jean Irving and nieces and nephews. Thanks to the staff at West End Villa, particularly those on the third floor, for making John's final years more comfortable and enjoyable. The family wishes to thank Gail Lachapelle and her family for their decades of loyal friendship and support to John. Thanks also to John's niece, Julie Irving, who looked after John with love and dedication in his later years. In decades past, John could be found flying on his bicycle through the streets of downtown Ottawa making deliveries for The Party Palace on Elgin Street. John was a great music lover who was a regular Saturday night guest at the Moose Lodge or the Legion Hall up until the week before his passing. He was a gentle soul who, no doubt, has found his way to heaven. Cremation has taken place. John will be laid to rest next to his family in a private graveside service in the spring.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 2, 2012