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A great teacher and human being...funny, serious ,loyal,fair. I love Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) and still remember never wanted to skip his class or you would miss something great. RIP John...
Mr McG was a rare find among teachers. I did Lit and English with him and loved every moment of it. Some of my fondest memories involve gum on the nose and his passion for Shakespeare. To this day I can still recite Macbeth which astounds my children. His students meant everything to him. I remember when the teachers went on strike and we needed to prepare for scholarship exams for provincials in Lit. He had the group of us up to his house to study twice a week so that we wouldn't fall behind. He put his job on the line for us and all he said was what are they going to do to me I'm retiring anyway. He was an amazing individual and I not only have thought of him over the years but use him as an example to my kids about how one teacher can make a difference in their lives
When I think of NDSS, Mr M is the only bteacher I remember!!.... Was in his Lit 12 class and he made such an impression on me I always looked fwd to his class! He was such a character...I'll never forget when he said to us.."Dont start with 'I think"!!!..."you wrote it- I know its what you think"!! LoL! He was the best teacher!! I send heartfelt condolences to his family. You were a very special man, sir, and I feel so extremely lucky to have experienced your teachings. May you forever rest in peace.
Mr M opened my eyes to English Lit. From day one in his English class we battled. He had a great sense of humor and a quick, sharp wit. I cut his huge lawn in Panorama Ridge for $15 but felt honored that he was my friend. He wired my house a few years ago and I'd pop in to say hello occasionally. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Heather, Kyle, Kathryn and I are saddened to learn of John's passing.I met John and Grace through CCTELA. In 1988 NL hosted a national Conference. The following year I stayed with John (and Grace).
Only last month, I was looking for contact information to give John and Grace a call. It was such a shock when I googled JF McGuiness only to read his obituary. John would find a kind of humor at that.
I considered John a friend who
lightened up my day with every chat. What a great man! Grace, our thoughts are with you and I will stay in touch.
Brian My e-mail--- [email protected]
Toni - I worked graveyard at McDonalds after moving out of home, and then came from there to NDSS where English 11 was my second class of the day. Mr. McG poured cold coffee down my back one day (his hand 'slipped') and sent me to see the school nurse and Mr. Lilievre another day. I dropped out that semester, but two years later I was in his Lit 12 class, to his initial dismay. He made the class come alive for me and enhanced my already deep love for all things English with his insightful teaching and our discussions. His words of wisdom about university (sit at the front of your university class, put your hand up to ask questions when you want clarification, and make sure the prof knows your name) are passed on to MY students with credit to my HS English Lit teacher, who truly was a wise man.
I was one who he made wear my gum on my nose but from the time I signed up for his class, we declared a truce. I loved Literature and because he was the only one who taught it, he gave me a cookie from his lunch as a peace offering. We had great respect for each other after that and I recall leaving his class totally filled with loving every thing I learned from this man. There are few teachers who teach with such passion that students remember thirty years later. I'm honored to have known him.
class of 76
I cannot think of NDSS without thinking of Mr.McGuinness. I loved his passion for literature and his dedication to his students. Thanks for the memories...
Mr. McGuinness you will be saidly missed by all who had the fortune to meet you and learn from you. You were an unforgettable teacher and mentor.

Whenever I think of high school, your name, face and dry sense of humour comes to mind.

Thank you for all your encouragement and especially chaparoning our Senior trip to England, Class of 1976.
Mr M: he once commented that he'd considered being an electrician instead of a teacher as the former knows right away if he's "done it right". I'm so fortunate he stuck with teaching and hope he knows that a lot of "lightbulbs" finally "clicked" because of him. He was truly a bright light and gave me a lifelong passion for reading! Jeanne Greene aka Jeanne Mudrie.

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