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MAYBEE, John Ryerson (Jack) Peacefully on May 20, 2009 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Nevitt (nee Black), cherished father of John (Alies), Maylanne (John Whittall), Brenda (Val Zanin), Chris Ryerson (Michele) and Alan (Peggy); grandfather to Ryerson (Toni), Spencer, Christian, Richard, Andrea, Benjamin, Joshua, Mark, Katie, Hayley and Jocelyn and great-grandfather to Addison. Born in Moose Jaw, SK, educated in Alberta and BC and at the University of Toronto, Jack obtained his PhD in Letters in 1942 from Princeton University. He joined the Navy as a lieutenant in 1943, making the shift from letters to numbers and serving as a navigator patrolling the North Atlantic. He married Nevitt on Aug. 4, 1945, and joined the Department of External Affairs in 1946. His early career included postings in China, Australia and Washington DC. He was Ambassador to Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and later Ambassador to Nepal, and rose to the rank of High Commissioner to India. Upon retiring in 1978, Jack studied journalism at Carleton University before becoming editor of Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa, converting its production to computer-based technology. Jack shared his Christian faith as a chorister, sidesperson, warden, Sunday school teacher and member of the Brotherhood of Anglican Churchmen over the years. Jack was an avid gardener and lifelong patron of the arts, and continued to enjoy nights at the opera and being read to despite failing vision and the onset of Alzheimers. In 2006 Jack became a resident of the Perley-Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, where Nevitt visited him daily, and where staff and residents appreciated his continuing warmth and gentle nature. Friends may call at the Westboro Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes 403 Richmond Road (at Roosevelt) on Friday, May 22 from 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral Service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, Westboro on Saturday, May 23 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. Those who wish to may support the Perley-Rideau Veterans Health Centre or Operation Eyesight Universal. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at .

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Published in Ottawa Citizen from May 21 to May 22, 2009.
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May 23, 2009
I remember Mr. Maybee as one of the finest Heads of Mission I had worked for (in New Delhi). His leadership, compassion, honour and respect for all people earned the respect of all who met him.

My sympathy to Nevitt and all the family. God bless.
Wilma Matchett
May 22, 2009
I remember Mr. Maybee (he shall always be "Mr." to me)as the tall, stately gentleman who lived across the street. I would often see him walking down Marshall Court, and sometimes I would look up to see him pass by, as I was crouched down on his driveway, playing with rocks or drawing in the sand, with his youngest son. I always felt that there was something very special about the man, and after reading about a lifetime filled with public service, I can see what shone through.
Anne Macdonald (Baker)
May 22, 2009
Dear Nevitt and family,

I will always remember Jack's graciousness, calm and calming demeanour, his tall, straight bearing, and his steadfast faith. I see from the obituary notice that he joined the forces the same year my father did, and I have a special place in my heart for veterans of "The Greatest Generation".

May faith, friends and family keep you, and may Jack rest now in peace.
Laurel O'Connor
May 21, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
John & Darlene Baker
May 21, 2009
My Dearest Nevitt
My condolenes and love to you and your family. Although I did not know Jack very well, I found him a very quiet and compassionate man. My he have eternal peace.
Susan Garnham
May 21, 2009
Our deepest sympathies to the family..
There is only fond memories of my childhood with the family.
Valerie Jones(Laskar)
May 21, 2009
Dear Reverend Nevitt Maybee: My sincere condolences go to you and your family on the passing of your husband. His was a life well lived, and a fine example to those who will remember him well for his service with you to others.
Philip S. Irwin
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