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JOHN G. METRAS, Q.C. August 29, 1940 - June 30, 2020 It is with profound sadness that the family of John George Metras of The Blue Mountains announce his passing in his 80th year. His heart was big but had reached the end after a full life. He was a loving husband, proud father and grandfather, dedicated lawyer, outstanding athlete, and all-round good man. Born in Detroit, Michigan to John P. and Shirley, John Jr. grew up in London, Ontario where he excelled in football and track and field at Medway High School and the University of Western Ontario. Coached by his father, the legendary J.P. Metras, he was the standout centre for the Western Mustangs varsity football team, including in his freshman year in 1959 when the Mustangs won the first Canadian interuniversity championship against University of British Columbia. In 1963, John received the Dr. Claude Brown Trophy as Western's Athlete of the Year and was later inducted into the Mustangs Sports Hall of Fame. He never spoke a lot about these achievements but was fond of recounting stories of his teammates at Medway and Western who were lifelong friends. It was at Western that John met Shiela Soulsby from Collingwood. They actually first ran into each other at the tiny London Ski Club in Byron. Shiela, an excellent skier, was decidedly unimpressed with John's downhill technique, which involved as few turns as possible and a sudden (apparently planned) stop into snow fence at the bottom of the run. Despite his lack of alpine finesse, she fell for his warmth and lovely, mischievous sense of humour. They married in 1963 and enjoyed a long and happy life together. After completing his LL.B. degree at Western, he was drafted into the Canadian Football League where he played two seasons for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, winning the Grey Cup in 1965 just after completing his Law Society bar examinations. Ralph Sazio, the Tiger Cats famously gruff coach, uncharacteristically adjusted a team practice time in the lead up to the Grey Cup so John could sit for the bar exam. Knee injuries put an end to football but he quickly shifted to a rewarding career in law. Starting out as assistant counsel at Abitibi Paper in Toronto in the late '60s, he and Shiela and young family moved to Creemore and then Thornbury, where John established his own practice, with offices at one point in Thornbury, Collingwood and Stayner. This experience sparked a deep interest in municipal law which led to a defining position as City Solicitor for the City of Brampton from 1978 to 2002 where his strong work ethic, intellect and inherent fairness were essential during a time of tremendous growth. We were all proud of his appointment as Queen's Counsel in 1985. He was delighted to continue working in semi-retirement as counsel for The Town of The Blue Mountains, providing wise advice until just shortly before he passed away. He enjoyed a great life in Thornbury with his family and a wonderful circle of friends, skiing (with improved skill, but still like a lineman) at Blue Mountain, sailing on Georgian Bay, golfing at the Georgian Bay Club, travelling extensively but always most comfortable at home on Bruce Street, up early in the morning for strong coffee and burnt toast before setting to work on any number of projects. Messing around in boats and with tools were his favourite things. He was a kind, strong and thoughtful man with a practical ingenuity and a can do attitude. He was a hero to his family and will be deeply missed. John is survived by his wife, Shiela, partner and best friend of 57 years; children, John R.S. Metras (Christine Maurach), Justin Metras (Sara Metras) and Jane Metras- Smith (Chris Smith); grandchildren, Kate, Madeline, Ally, Jack, Frazer and Sofie; sister, Mary Lynn Metras; and brother, Robert Metras. A private family service will be held. If desired, donations in John's memory may be made to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (https://

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jul. 4 to Jul. 8, 2020.
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August 26, 2021
I worked with John at the City of Brampton and always admired John for his no nonsense approach to the myriad of issues and problems we faced at the municipality

I considered John a friend and mentor and always held him in high esteem
My condolences to the family

Rick Bino
Richard Bino
August 28, 2020
Just heard about John passing after receiving news of Guy Ungaro’s passing August 14. John and I played on the same line with Western 1960-64. Called him Magoo as he had trouble with his eye sight...he was good sport. Great competitor and team mate. My condolences to the family!
Frank Vormittag
July 10, 2020
Please accept our condolences on John's passing. My time working with John in Brampton was a pleasure, most famously in our work on the Brampton Sports Centre. He was a special friend and will be missed.

Bob and Lynn Cranch
Bob Cranch
July 8, 2020
Dear Shiela
We are very sorry to hear the news of passing of John. Please accept our sincere condolences. You both are in our prayers and we hope that God gives you strength to deal with the loss. We also pray that John's soul may rest in peace. Regards. Shashi, Niru and Eswar.
Eswar and Shashi Prasad
July 8, 2020
I worked at the Town of The Blue Mountains for 16 years (Planning Dept). Worked very closely with John on many projects. John was a shear delight to work with. A good kind man. I retired in 2016. Would run into John in Thornbury once and awhile. He always warmly greeted me as an old friend. Peter T.
Peter Tollefsen
July 7, 2020
The words written of this man beautifully match the memory I have of him. He is father to one of my best friends (John R) but I had occasion to get to know John G myself, and he was totally as described. Gentle, calm, and thoughtful. The world needs people like him now. Lucky for us, he had kids!

My condolences to Shiela and the whole family.

Dave Brutus Brown
Dave Brown
July 6, 2020
I had the benefit of working closely with John for 6 years in The Blue Mountains. He was just such a super guy...a real gentleman. It's a true pleasure to have known him. Our deepest condolences to Sheila and family, and to his friends and co-workers in Blue, all of whom I am certain will miss him terribly.

Troy Speck & Family
July 5, 2020
Dear Sheila,
Although years and direct connections have passed, good memories of John are still alive for both of us. He was a 'gentle giant', great athlete and human being.
We are thinking of all the Metras family as you process and grieve your loss.
Patti(Kime) and Jamie Hughes
Qualicum Beach, BC
July 5, 2020
Your family did a wonderful job of describing a kind, athletic and thoughtful man. We shared a few years playing for the mustangs. John always left the huddle with a positive prance to the ball that I am sure made his lineman teammates believe they could execute the play against a talented opposition. The Centre position is the leader of the offensive line. John handled that with ease.
We wish you courageAnd strength to carry-on with the knowledge that you were a part of a life well lived.
Art Froese
Art Froese
July 5, 2020
Sheila and family A neighbour just sent me an email about
John's death and obituary. Even though
we knew John had a cardiac problem,
it was a shock, considering his strong
physical presence and professional
reputation. John and I were a couple
of lucky college jocks with supporting
families. I've forgiven John and the
Western Mustangs for beating U of T
in 1959. All our sympathy to Sheila and
family. Nick and Suzanne
Nick and Suzanne Sopinka
July 5, 2020
Jane & family,
My heart goes out to you all during this sad time. Strength comes from those that love you and the memories will fill your hearts.
Much love and respect,
Sincerely Alison Northover
Alison Northover
July 5, 2020
Sheila and family My neighbour just sent me an email about
John's death and obituary. We knew John
had a cardiac problem but it was still
a shock, considering his strong physical
presence and professional reputation.
John and I were a couple of college jocks
who were lucky to lead good lives with
supporting families. All our sympathy
to the Metras family.
Nick and Suzanne
Nick and Suzanne Sopinka
July 4, 2020
My sincere sympathy and appreciation to Sheila and John's Family-As one of John's Western football linemates I am very sorry to hear of his passing. He was a great athlete and a wonderful thoughtful,good natured person and great team player and quiet leader.
Being the son of the legendary Johny'the Bull' Metras could have been a challenge for most of us but John carried that extra challenge with great dignity as he did most things.It was an honour to know and play beside John.I enjoyed Sheila's loving description of John's'lineman's' skiing style/something shared by some of us:). Harvey Scott,Athabasca AB; Mustang's 1959-61.
Harvey Scott
July 4, 2020
Alex and I have such fond memories of living across the street from John and Sheila....a kinder couple you will not meet. Sheila and family, please accept our condolences on your great loss. Sending you lots of love.
Bonnie Rolleston
July 4, 2020
I worked with John on a few municipal files. He was a true gentleman. He will be missed.
July 4, 2020
Sheila and family . . .our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. We will miss John's ever-present smile at the golf club and around town. Hugs to you all, Kathie and Sid
July 4, 2020
Dear Sheila and Family
Thinking of you all at such a sad and difficult time.
Cherish all your wonderful memories of John.
Sandra & Randy Pyatt
Sandra Pyatt
July 4, 2020
Mets & I grew up together in London, played all the same sports. Playing golf at the original Hunt Club we would sneak on the second hole & finish on the 17th. Shiela & I went to Huron College together. I worked in Bramalae for a couple of years & we would meet for a few lunches when we could. To Shelia & family my heart & prayers are with you. Although time has lapsed, way to long, but I feel the loss of not only a friend but a long remembered friendship with the entire Metras family.
Bob Pocock
Robert Pocock
July 4, 2020
John hired me to work in the Brampton Law Department when I was called to the Bar in 1981. I worked for him for over 20 years. He was my mentor and dear friend.
While work was important to John, he stressed to everyone in the Department that family was more important. He was always willing to accommodate a member of his staff who had a family issue to address.
Quite simply, John Metras is the finest man I have had to privilege to know.
My deepest condolences to Shiela and the Metras family.
Clay Connor
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