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1932 - 2017
RCAF Major (Ret'd)
Formerly of Kanata, on Friday, March 3, 2017, at the age of 84. Loving husband of Carole Holland for 40 years. John will be sadly missed by his daughter Charmaine, of P.E.I., Siblings Howard (late Marian), of the U.K.; Maude ("Billy" Wilson), and Helen Wigglesworth (late Gerry), of N.S., granddaughter Ashley, of P.E.I., great- grandchildren Holden and Elsie, and by his nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. Predeceased by parents Ernest Seward Gridley and Ruby Purdy, Stepfather Elmer Purdy, infant son, John Seward, his "larger than life" brother, Herbert Purdy, and nephew Timmy Knickle. John will be fondly remembered by his golf buddy Janice, and his friend and colleague Steve (Pat). The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Longfields Manor, RPN Linda for her most welcome hugs, the Alzheimer Society for their invaluable support, and the Queensway Carleton Hospital for their care during the last few days. John was born in Yarmouth, and grew up in Barrington Passage, N.S. He proudly served as Radio Officer in the RCAF's Maritime Command for 27 years, then, until he retired thirteen years later, he was an administrative officer at DND HQ, in Ottawa. Funeral care entrusted to
Kelly Funeral Home – Kanata Chapel
580 Eagleson Rd.
A private interment to Maple Grove Cemetery will be held, at a later date. Memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society are appreciated.

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Mar. 11, 2017.
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March 14, 2017
To my lovely cousin Carole on the sad loss of your loving husband John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Rest in Peace John. Good Night and God Bless. Pauline, Brian and Family xxxx
Pauline Stevenson
March 14, 2017
Carole, sending you lots of love and hugs. Hoping you take some comfort in many years of happy memories. All our love Michelle, Matt, Ella and Jess xxx
Michelle Pickstock
March 13, 2017
Our sincere condolences to Carole and family. May happy memories ease the pain.
Vic & Gail Peralta
March 12, 2017
John and I were founding members of the Acoustic Data Analysis Centre in Halifax in 1967. A very intelligent officer who taught me a lot. Sharon and I send our sincere condolences to Family and Friends.
Peter Devana
March 12, 2017
My deepest sympathy to Carole and family, and sincere condolences from the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
Dave House
March 11, 2017
John was a great friend and father figure to me, and a true patriot. He will be missed.
Warren Freitag
March 11, 2017
I will always remember my good friend John.
Janice Freitag
March 11, 2017
I will always remember my good friend John,
March 11, 2017
Thank you for your service to our country . R.I.P.
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