John Thomas Rafferty

Thunder Bay, Ontario

1953 - 2019


Thunder Bay, Ontario


July 3, 1953–June 30, 2019If you're reading this, John Rafferty is as dead as a doornail. Cancer didn't get him, it died with him.John had big plans to write his own obituary, but never got past those first two lines. He was too busy spending his days with his beloved partner Pam,...

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I worked on the same floor as John Rafferty from 2011 until 2015. He was always very nice to me every time he saw me. I send my condolences to his family.

John was a brother to my longtime dearest friend Mary Klein. We had the good fortune to visit John in Ottawa and on one of those visits he arranged for me to meet Justin Trudeau. I'll never forget waiting in the office with John and Mary for JT to arrive. John was making jokes and trying to understand what was the big deal! He was clever, witty and so welcoming. I'll never forget that day . Mary and I laugh every time we talk about it. Cheers to you John and deepest sympathy to your family....

I had the privilege of running against John in two campaigns, though with his predilection for running in campaigns, I have plenty of company. In today's increasingly divisive political environment where the measure of one's worth is too often defined by their position along an imaginary spectrum, John was always able to respect a person despite disagreeing with them. I respected John, and miss our many chance meetings. It was an honor to have known him, debated him, and lost to him.

It is with a heavy heart, that I learn of
John's passing.John packed a lot of living
In his 65 years.From Schneider's Meats
in Kitchener to the House of Commons!
To his family,my sincerest sympathies.
France Miller

so sad, so strange...the days that are no more (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

you are definitely flying with the monarch butterflies

zsu zsa

to the Rafferty sorry for your loss Mr. John Rafferty so funny his people who he talk I like to talk him to god bless his family and keep them safe

I met John years ago when we worked together on the Jail n' Bail fundraiser. We crossed paths many times in our political lives later on and John never ceased to bring a smile to my face with each encounter. John was the epitome of what a human being should be : putting others before himself. Earths loss is Heaven's gain. Rest well John.

He was a wonderful man, very private and very humble. My best wishes to Pam and his children.