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John Alan MacNaughton, CM
March 6, 1945 - February 15, 2013
Died peacefully at home held in love by his family. John was the deeply loved husband of Gail (nee McKinnon), devoted father of Matthew (Tanya Thompson) and Adeline (Nick Raymond), and doting Grandpa Johnny to Malakhai, Nathaniel and Olivia. He was the cherished brother of Heather (Bill Howitt) of Windsor, beloved brother-in-law of Jane McKinnon of Toronto, and Ann and Thomas Knight of Port Carling, and much loved uncle, cousin and friend.
John grew up in Exeter, Ontario, attended Huron College, University of Western Ontario graduating in 1967, and then headed to Expo 67 for a memorable summer working as a host in the Ontario Pavilion. John began his career at Fry and Company and spent the next 31 years with its successor companies serving as president, then president and CEO of Burns Fry from 1989-1994, then president of Nesbitt Burns from 1994-1999.
John was the founding president and CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board serving from 1999 to 2005. Most recently, John was chairman of the Business Development Bank of Canada and a director of TransCanada Corp. Previously, he served as chairman, the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation; vice chairman, of the University Health Network; chairman CNSX Markets Inc; a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Committee on the Public Service; founding chairman, BMO Financial Group Retirement Advisory Council; chairman, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs; vice chairman, the Canadian International Council; member, the Trilateral Commission; chairman, the Investment Dealers Association of Canada; president, the Empire Club of Canada; and a trustee of Rosedale United Church.
In his personal and business life, John engendered the respect of his friends, colleagues and clients for his wisdom, thoughtfulness and integrity. A proud Canadian, John was honoured to be a Member of the Order of Canada. He was awarded Huron College's Medal of Distinction, named a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors and received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal.
John lived with the reality of cancer for 41 years, always maintaining his courage and grace. The family expresses its gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Princess Margaret Hospital and the University Health Network for their medical expertise and compassionate care over the years and to the doctors at Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and the nurses at the CCAC and Integracare who sensitively tended to John's needs at home in the last weeks of his life. The family is deeply appreciative of the many ways in which John was supported during his illness. The kindness, caring and companionship of countless friends gave John strength and touched him deeply. John will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.
Visitation at ROSEDALE UNITED CHURCH, 159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto, Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral at ROSEDALE UNITED CHURCH, Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the Addie MacNaughton Chair of Radiation and Thoracic Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, 610 University Ave., Toronto ON, M5G 2M9 (416) 946-6560 or the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Mount Sinai Hospital, 60 Murray St., 4th Floor, Box 13, L4-000, Toronto, ON M5T 3L9, (416) 586-4800 #7884. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Home - A.W. Miles Chapel (416) 487-4523.

Published in The Windsor Star from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2013
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