On Tuesday we attended the funeral of my brother-in-law John in Leamington, Ontario. John once teased me that in my writing I have a tendency to make lists. So I thought I’d make a list for John.
He was a husband, teacher, father, urban planner, son, border crossing officer, brother, farmer, uncle, business owner, grandfather, book lover, friend, sommilier,brother-in-law, world traveler, nephew, dragon boat racer, municipal councillor, news junkie, father-in-law, writer, great-uncle, coffee connoisseur, conversationalist, island dweller, nature lover, cousin, landscaper, grandson, art aficionado, talker, singer, Scrabble player, swimmer, genial host and the list could go on and on.
On Monday night we were at the funeral home for seven hours as nearly eight hundred people came to pay their respects to John and his family. He was clearly a man well-loved by his community. I pulled some photos of John from my collection and hope they reveal just a little of the colorful, friendly and interesting man he was.
Even as a child John had a friendly face that just hinted of mischief afoot
John walking his daughter Hannah down the aisle
John with his four brothers. He is furthest to the left.
John with his daughter Olivia
John’s university graduation
John with his son Sam
At his parents 25th wedding anniversary. John is just to the left of his mother
John his wife Linda and their daughter Grace
John and his brothers performing at their parents’ fiftieth wedding anniversary. John is furthest to the right.
John, his wife Linda and their four children are furthest to the right in this family photo with his parents, their children and grandchildren
John is to the far right in the back row in this family photo
John on his yard with an oak tree planted with the cutting of a tree that originally came from the area of Ukraine where both of John’s parents were born
John was the bestman at our wedding.
John, my husband Dave and our niece Hannah at a fun family golf tournament
John is to my left in this photo taken at our son’s wedding
John with his wife Linda and their two daughters on a Driedger family vacation in Arizona
John with his grandson
You can read John’s obituary here.
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