John M. P. Mears
September 23, 1949 - July 31, 2021
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Once described as "inspired by lunacy and benign raving" John Mears, also known by his stage name John E. Falcone, was a pillar of the Victoria new wave and punk scenes since the 1970s. Rising to notoriety as the frontman for The Keys he was a multi-instrumentalist and life long showman. John left this astral plane on July 31 after a freak cycling accident. His constant presence around town is missed by the artistic community and his family. John is survived by his children, Elizabeth and Emira, and his granddaughter Lena, as well as his brother David and his children Daniela and Denisse, and their children in Costa Rica, all of whom he loved deeply. John made an impression wherever he went and will be missed in the many communities he travelled in. He was well known for his love of live performance and in that spirit an event to celebrate John will be held in 2022. Until then, John would want us all to keep it weird and keep it loud.

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Published in The Times Colonist from Sep. 11 to Sep. 13, 2021.
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September 13, 2021
I will miss my neighbour. His kindness and generosity (as well as your Grandfather's) live on through you, Elizabeth. Much love to you and your family.
Sarah Cotton-Elliott
Friend
September 12, 2021
I knew John years ago, 1960, when I first entered Glenlyon School here in Oak Bay. Though I didn’t know him all that well I was aware of his being well known in the music world and his alternate lifestyle. A tragic accident indeed! Used to see home time to time in the Oak Bay Area, village.
Chris Garrett-Petts
Acquaintance
September 12, 2021
Deeply shocked to learn of John's passing. John and I were in a band together in 1979 (predated The Keys), and remained good friends over the years. despite a vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean that seperated us. Victoria won't be the same without him. Condolences to his daughters and his brother David, and their families. xxxx
Lesley Watson
Friend
September 11, 2021
I met John just a couple brief times fairly recently because he was friends with my boyfriend Willy. Willy would take his guitars and amps over there to get them fixed up because John was the man. Willy would often talk about how rad he was and I wasn't let down when I met him and checked out his funky music space. It made a lasting impression on me. We are sad to hear John has departed. xoxo
Hayley
Friend
September 11, 2021
This hits hard. A kind friend so full of life it feels like he’s still here. Forever Loved and with Gratitude for You John from Maureen & Zephyr
Maureen Shillington
September 11, 2021
Gone from our sights , but never from our hearts.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.May his soul rest in peace
Diana avedikian
Friend
September 11, 2021
I extend my deepest sympathies to his family for their loss .Gone from their sight ,but never from their hearts.May his soul rest in peace
Diana avedikian
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