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John Frederick PINEO

John Frederick Pineo – AKA the "Silver Fox"

The gregarious and larger than life John Fredrick "Silver Fox" Pineo passed peacefully the morning of March 6, 2017 at age 83 surrounded by loved ones. As graceful and dignified as John was in life, he was equally impressive, if not more, in death.

During the last three weeks John spent in hospice, he continued to put everyone else first, including that his dear wife Myrna was not burdened by his passing. His attention to detail was astonishing.

John celebrated his 83rd birthday in hospice just the week before his passing and even joked that he hoped he wasn't going to "pass" blowing out the candles! (which he did so admirably – all in one breath).

John led a story book life. President of his beloved Balmy Beach Club for a number of years, numerous Masters paddling awards and President of his longtime employer CCH Canadian, just to name a few of his accomplishments.

John enjoyed retirement pursuing his many interests. Those included travel, especially to his "happy place" Barbados, golf, skiing, riding his bike along the trails, Probus, Cinema Club, Bridge, reading, crosswords and volunteer work. John loved spending time with his family, and with his recovery community.

In his final act of selflessness, John donated his body to the University of Toronto Medical School for research purposes. John joked just last week when he said, "Well looks like I'll finally get into medical school!"

John is survived by his wife Myrna Pineo. His sister Anne Lee, his son John Pineo Jr. (Sarah Jacobs), Clarke Pineo (Cheryl) and daughter Debi Niven (Bill). Step-son Brian Keith and step-daughters Donna Gresham (Jim) and Janet Mahony (Ed). As well as grandchildren Ben, Sean, Madelaine, Jack, Liam, Andrew, Emily, Kayleigh, Jason and Madison.

A celebration of life for John will be held in the next few weeks at the Balmy Beach Club. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers – any donation to Campbell House Hospice (or any charity of your choice) in John's name would be appreciated. They are the unsung heroes and really need the funding. They can be reached at:

Campbell House

Hospice / Palliative Care

240 Erie St.

Collingwood, ON L9Y 0X8

Phone: 705-444-2555 Fax: 705-446-2229

Gone but never forgotten. Godspeed xo

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Published in Toronto Star on Mar. 11, 2017.
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March 14, 2017
Always thought you were infallible. Rest in Peace. Maureen
March 14, 2017
Will miss "The Silver Fox" whose personality and smile were both larger than life. Great memories from The Western Tour of 1980.
Rest in peace my friend.
Brian Spanton
March 13, 2017
John worked hard and played hardand throughout it all, he was kind, strong and intelligent. And always a life force!!!! I am so very lucky to have known him.
Terry Hemingway
March 13, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
James Bonar
March 13, 2017
John's irrepressible laugh and sparkling smile were the signatures of a captain who steered CCH through the turbulent waters of change and foreign ownership. With deep respect from your colleagues, our hearts are with you Myrna.
Ian Rhind
March 12, 2017
Rest in paradise John-You'll always be remembered with a smile
Carolyn Bloch
March 11, 2017
Uncle John, the best uncle, and the main reason I met my wife Heather. I will miss your laugh - Mike
Heather Lee
March 11, 2017
I had the pleasure of meeting John a couple of of times .
Always with a smile and nice things to say.
A special man that will be greatly missed.
Paul Valentini
March 11, 2017
Light up heaven with your smile and laugh John!
Janet, Ed and Kayleigh Mahony
March 11, 2017
My heart lost another piece with your passing, my "best friend". Don't look back on the rest of us - we'll be fine. Say hello to my dad. xxoo
March 11, 2017
Dear Uncle John, we're assuming you're busy golfing or playing bridge, but I know you're swimming... North Point. Love always, Susie
March 11, 2017
We will miss Papa John and the love and warmth he shared with many on his visits out west. Xo Pam, Reid and family
March 11, 2017
he was a ROCK
the Fox [JOHN] helped so many people in his life in so many ways

he was a ROCK
he helped so many people in his life in every way.
March 11, 2017
Saddened to hear that Mr. Pineo has passed away. He was a wonderful man with an amazing laugh and friendly smile to everyone he crossed paths with. Best wishes to the family in your time of sorrow. Laura Brown
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