JOHN MICHAEL LAVERY Passed away on February 13, 2013, just shy of his 55th birthday on February 26th. John leaves behind his loving wife Catherine, daughters Jessica, Alison and Ashling, mother Joan and siblings Kevin, James, Mary and Frances. John made a difference in every life he touched and will be deeply missed by family and friends all over the world. After receiving a heart transplant in 1999 all were blessed to enjoy 13 extra years with John sharing stories, drinking a pint and enjoying a good soccer game. John will be laid to rest in his hometown of Tarbert, County Kerry, Ireland. Visitation will take place at St. Mary's Funeral Parlour on February 16th from 6-8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on February 17th at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church with burial to follow at adjoining cemetery. A memorial celebration of John's remarkable life will be held in Canada on March 2nd at 3 p.m. at Eagles Nest Golf Club in Maple, ON. Donations in memory of John can be made to the foundation that made John's heart transplant possible. Cheques should be made payable to Replacement Therapies for Advance Heart Failure, Toronto Western Hospital. Donations can be given directly to a family member or mailed to Dr. Heather Ross, 585 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 2N2. We miss you terribly John. God Bless and Cheers.

Published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 16, 2013