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:
Hospice / Palliative Care
240 Erie St.
Collingwood, ON L9Y 0X8
Phone: 705-444-2555 Fax: 705-446-2229
Gone but never forgotten. Godspeed xo
Published in Toronto Star on Mar. 11, 2017.