Arthur "Big John" TRUSSELL
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It is with great sadness the family of Arthur "Big John" Trussell announces his passing on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 in his 92nd year. Loving husband to Bertha Trussell (nee Matthews) for 67 years. Father to Bob (Kathy), Doug (Cindy), Dave (Kathy), and Janet Bradley. Grandpa to Matthew, Tim, Elizabeth, Michael, Julie, Arthur, Sarah, April, Dan, and Joe. Great-Grandpa to Sofia, Stephanie, Avery, Anya, Aubree, Maddie, Ellie, Lucas, Will, Andrew, Brigitte, Henry, Wesley, Eva, Emma, Emilia, Finn, Peter, and Olive. A.J. was born in Luton, England in 1928 to Frank and Gertrude Trussell. In his 20s, he started working at Vauxhall Motors as an apprentice toolmaker. He was given a scholarship to attend General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan to earn his engineering degree. He graduated in 1951, returning to England to continue his career at Vauxhall Motors. After marrying Bertha, John decided to move to Canada in 1953 to start a new career with General Motors in St. Catharines. He retired from GM after 33 years. John and Bertha started growing their family immediately upon arrival in Canada. His family always came first. John was involved in coaching soccer, playing rugby and was involved with the St. Catharines Rowing Club, but of all his affiliations, the Masonic Lodge was dearest to him. John loved to be surrounded by his ever-growing family. A private family funeral service will be held at the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346). Interment at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens will take place at a later date. Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in St. Catharines Standard on Oct. 16, 2020.
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October 20, 2020
John was such a good neighbour/friend. We (the Reids) lived next door to the Trussels for about 40 years. Before John & Bertha moved Dad had a fall, cutting himself. John drove Dad to the clinic and Bertha washed his shirt. We were so blessed to have John & Bertha living next door. Thinking of you. Jill & Neil Reid
Jill Santagata
October 20, 2020
To "my big brother"
goodnight & God bless
love always
Sheila (coz)
sheila wright
October 17, 2020
I know John because my daughters married his and Bertha 's twin sons so we share many Grandchildren and Great-grands. John always spoke of them with great pride. My recollections are of lots of celebratory meals as we all gathered together be it Christmas, Thanksgiving, or one of the children's birthdays. And speaking of Christmas I always was a fortunate recipient of one of the delicious Shriner fruit cakes John
would send me. We will all miss him very much.
Ruth Stephenson
Ruth Stephenson
October 16, 2020
I will always remember him as the Best Santa I ever met ..

Susan (Croft) DiFruscio
Susan DiFruscio
October 16, 2020
Dear Ones, so sorry for your loss. I got to know John and Bertha at Ina Grafton where I serve as Chaplain and also work in Maintenance. I love to sing " You Are My Sunshine " with Bertha and so often would see John and Bertha sitting together enjoying one another's company. Claire and I are standing with you in Love and Prayers. Rick Rabian.
Richard and Claire Rabian
October 16, 2020
John was a great person to deal with at McKinnons and GM. He was well liked by both hourly and salaried co-workers. He was honest and straightforward. We always knew where we stood. Condolences to his family. He will certainly be missed by all.
Gerry Heaton
October 16, 2020
My condolences to John's family on his passing. A loss to everyone who had the pleasure to know him. His sense of humor, sharp wit and wise counsel will be greatly missed.

Tim Pedwell
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