JOHN HAMILTON FULLER RIDER May 21, 1937 - July 20, 2013 Great man, great life, too soon His place at the head of the table and in the hearts of his family and friends will always be reserved with honor and gratitude for John Rider Sr. We are forever grateful to have had such a principled and ethical gentleman, loving and supportive husband, caring and encouraging father, quietly wise and patient grandfather, and loyal and endearing friend in our lives. John loved world travel, tennis, golf, history, wine, billiards, large gatherings and his precious oil lamps. Born in Sherbrooke, QC to Hamilton and Margaret "Peggy" Rider, raised in Valleyfield, QC. Loving brother to Fred Rider (Jill), Lillian Rider, and predeceased by Martha Chamberlain (Ken). Graduated from Bishop's University in 1957 where he began his lifelong love affair with his wife and former sweetheart of 55 years, Sandra (nee Currie). They lived in Nitro, Montreal West, Dollard-Des- Ormeaux, Pickering and spent the last 37 years in Whitevale, ON. Loving father to John Jr. (Dale), Timothy (Linda), Andrew and Joanne. His pleasure, pride, patience and love for his grandchildren Joshua (Angela), Samuel, Benjamin (Tara), Jordan, Drew, Jessica, Connor and Mac is boundless. Much loved brother-in-law of Lynne Schwachenwalde (Peter), predeceased by Sydney Currie. Missed by cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Retired Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at Purdue Pharma, dedicated member of Whitevale and Pickering communities, proud of his work with United Way, Pickering Museum, St. Martin's Senior Centre and his time as an Akela in Montreal. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, July 28th at 1 p.m. at MCEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax Pickering Village, ON, 905-428-8488. All family and friends are invited to attend a dinner of great wine and food at 5:30 p.m. Venue TBA at the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Durham Children's Aid Foundation, United Way or the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences may be placed at www.mceachniefuneral.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star from July 25 to July 26, 2013