John Michael Dewar
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August 13, 1963 – January 20, 2013
It is with great sadness that the family of John Michael Dewar announce his passing on January 20, 2013. John lived a vibrant life surrounded by love, and a love of learning. He received his early education in Antigonish, Nova Scotia; Sudbury, Ontario; Amherst, Massachusetts; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After completing High School at City Park Collegiate, he attended the University of Saskatchewan completing Bachelor degrees in Arts (History) and Education, in which he later completed his Master's. During his school and university years, John avidly pursued learning in all areas, especially nourishing his love of Literature and History. Being a "Renaissance Man" he also excelled in numerous sports. Basketball became his greatest sporting passion culminating in him having a celebrated career playing for the U of S Huskies from 1981-1986. John's lifelong love for basketball kept him in gymnasiums as a player, coach and father. John was the consummate team player in athletics, in his professional life, and with family. He consistently demanded the best out of himself and greatly assisted in making those around him better. Out of his athletic and his professional career many great friendships were forged. The greatest events in John's life were his marriage to his best friend and soul-mate Terry on December 22, 1995, and the births of his two sons Addison and Alexander. John's chosen life profession was to be an educator, an area he felt he could most effectively contribute to society. John lived what he believed and espoused an active pursuit of lifelong learning and a responsible and caring citizenship within the community, nation, and world. Professionally John had a remarkable 25-year career with Saskatoon Public Schools and left many legacies throughout his tenure as a highly respected teacher, educational consultant, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent of education. From his birth and throughout his life John was always aware of how greatly he was loved by his parents. Living in a variety of locations, and taking many family trips while he was young fostered ever closer family bonds, especially with his lone sibling Dan. Throughout his childhood, living in a variety of locations assisted John in developing a desire and willingness to look and learn from multiple perspectives, and also promoted within him a lifelong passion for travelling. John ensured that this passion for travel was shared with those he loved most, particularly his wife and sons. His desire was that they travel not to be tourists, but to be travellers, broadening their understandings of the world via their experiences. John's greatest legacy and love resides in family. He lives on in his two son's Addison and Alexander; his soul mate Terry Horsley-Dewar; parents John and Patricia Dewar; brother Daniel Dewar (Cristle, Ayden, Conlin, Quinn, Brittney, Benjamin, Clair). The family would like to express their gratitude to the physicians and nurses at the Saskatoon Cancer Centre, RUH Stem Cell Transplant Program, and to the professionals at the Palliative Care Centre at St. Paul's Hospital. The Public Celebration of John's life will take place at Evan Hardy Collegiate in the gymnasiums, on Friday, January 25 at 7:00 p.m. Should friends and family desire, donations can be made towards the education and development of John and Terry's sons, Alexander and Addison. Donations can be made out to "Terry Horsley- Dewar" (in trust for Addison and Alexander), c/o Curtis Bell, 531 Wright Terrace, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 4T3
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Jan. 23, 2013