October 1930-March 2021
Passed peacefully at Broward General Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in his 91st year.
Loving and devoted husband of Marlene for 52 years of marriage.
Dear father of Five: Russell, Diane, Patricia (David), Jeffrey (Bo), and Michelle (Jason).
Special Grandfather of: Bryan, Kyle, Bradley, Sean, Jennifer, Chloe, Emily, and Nicole. Great-grandfather of: Bryce, Blake, Nicholas, Alysssa, and Xander. Brother of Elizabeth, Donald (Shirley), and Roy-deceased (Sylvia).
He will be remembered fondly by cousins, nieces, nephews, Brother in Law James and Sister in law Micheline Hyslop as well. His special smile and contagious laugh will also be missed by friends worldwide.
John's father was a Dutchman who left at age 22 on a boat from The Netherlands to Canada. Traveling, adventure, integrity, working hard, and doing things "HIS way" have always been at John's core. Born in Walpole Township in Canada, John ascribed to the saying "work hard, play hard" and lived his life to the fullest. After starting out on his own laboring in tobacco fields at age 12, John worked his way into truck driving across Canada. He married his wife Marlene in 1968 and moved to Ft. Lauderdale where, together, they started a new life of real estate, antiques, John's Lawn Service, and eventually Kel Auto Air Conditioning. Together, John and Marlene were quite the duo- building businesses, managing real estate, raising a family, actively participating in clubs (Moose, Model A & Antique Automobile, Falcon, Antique Motorcycle), and embarking on unprecedented travels. With a young family, John and Marlene drove their Bluebird motorhome from Florida to Alaska in 1980 and continued to enjoy traveling in the motorhome throughout the years, particularly the regular trips to Key Largo. From fishing for piranhas in the Amazon to safariing in Africa and from holding koalas in Australia to watching whales in Antarctica, John and Marlene knew the importance of seeing the world and sharing such life changing experiences with their children, Jeffrey and Michelle. John especially enjoyed meeting his Dutch family during his first trip to The Netherlands in the mid 1990s. He has remained in contact with them over the years. His love of hockey persisted and kept him and Marlene busy attending Florida Panther games regularly. Over time, John's travels slowed, yet he still loved being around his antiques, tinkering with his antique clocks and radios, watering his plants, feeding the birds, doing his word puzzles, and sitting in his favorite chair under the tree in the backyard of his waterfront property. John always cherished time with anyone who would sit and talk with him. He was a stranger to none. To have known John was to be truly blessed. May the joy he brought others provide peace during this difficult time.
Please visit the memorial website: www.forevermissed.com
Family and friends will be received for a CELEBRATION OF LIFE at the Church By The Sea at 2700 Mayan Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 on Monday, April 5th @ 11:00 a.m. with a livestream service at the Donald V. Brown Funeral Home in Canada.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Stroke Association
, Church By The Sea in Ft. Lauderdale, or Case United Church of Canada would be appreciated by his family.