BRIAN, John James
January 7, 2024

John passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 7 at the palliative care unit of the MUHC. John was an ever proud Londoner, a consummate story teller, an eternal optimist, and the proudest dad ever.

He was loved by many, but by no one more than his wife Karen, with whom he shared his life for the last thirty-seven years, and his beloved daughters, Simone and Mara. He also leaves behind his sister Pat and her family, sister-in-law Nora, son-in-laws Joshua and Tarek, and many friends made over a long life, well-lived.

A celebration of John’s life will be held in the spring, but in the meantime, contributions in his memory can be made to the Cedars Cancer Foundation.

Rest easy John and breathe freely now – we will love you always.

Celebration of Life

Spring 2024

16 responses

  1. david astley

    January 9, 2024 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve known John for 65 years and a lifetime of memories that we were sharing up to a couple of weeks ago. I’m feeling down…My condolences to his wife and kids, who he was very proud of.

  2. Claire Haines

    January 9, 2024 at 2:42 pm

    I have fond memories of my Uncle John from childhood and will always miss him. I adored his sense of humour and love for his family. Rest in peace ❤️

  3. Farah Ahmad

    January 9, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    John was so easy to love, his charm an endless source of joy in our lives. Mahen and I will deeply feel his absence, cherishing and reliving the treasure trove of delightful memories he gifted us with.

  4. Mario Minotti

    January 9, 2024 at 6:44 pm

    John brought a lot of joy in our lives through his great storytelling and his wonderful sense of humor, but above all we will miss his friendship which we will always cherish. John you are one charming Brit!

  5. David Renshaw

    January 10, 2024 at 10:49 am

    Our hearts go out to Karen ,Simone and Mara on this very sad occasion. John was such a loving and proud husband and father ,a great friend and a genuine person . He will be greatly missed .

  6. Stan Kossivas

    January 10, 2024 at 3:43 pm

    My Condolences to Karen,Simon, and Mara.
    At this very sad and difficult time.
    I have know John for about 25 years.
    He was a good hearted person , had a great sense of humour.
    He loved being around the people he liked.
    I was happy to hear him speak of the past.
    It is sad to see him leave.
    May he rest in peace and his memory be eternal.

  7. Chad Allen

    January 11, 2024 at 7:51 am

    Deepest condolences for Karen and family during this difficult time. Thinking about you and wishing you peace

  8. Pat Bauer

    January 11, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    My brother was someone who was always positive, and cheerful. He’s at peace now,

  9. Dominique Ledoux

    January 11, 2024 at 9:33 pm

    Dear John, je vais écrire en français puisque c’est ma langue maternelle et que c’est beaucoup plus facile pour moi d’expliquer mes pensées. Cher John, tu as été une personne formidable qui a partagé avec nous des bons moments. Tu étais tellement fière de tes filles Mara et Simone, ta femme Karen que tu aimais tellement…. Tu étais un franc British jusqu’au bout des doigts… je me souviens lorsque mon bureau était à côté du tien que tu avais tellement de plaisir à partager tes histoires et les endroits qui te tenais à cœur de l’Angleterre. Tu m’as fait découvrir des artistes incroyables que j’écoute encore en pensant à toi! Merci d’être passé dans ma vie et je sais que tu es déjà dans un pub là haut et que tu as déjà plein de gens qui t’aiment avec toi♥️ rest in peace dear John♥️✨

  10. Daniel Jordan

    January 12, 2024 at 5:47 pm

    Dear Karen, Simone and Mara, I have never met you but each time I spoke with John he would refer to what one of you had accomplished or done recently. Graduating university, getting a job, receiving a promotion, your trips and vacations. He loved his boat and being on the water. He texted me shortly before Christmas to let me know of his set-back. I had driven by the Honda dealer earlier that week and peered in to see if someone was occupying his office by the corner. I made a mental note to reach out to him but he got to me first with the sad news. I am happy he let me know as I had a chance to have a not long enough good-bye. He shared photos of himself as a dashing young bachelor, looking somewhat like James Bond, and his cocker spaniel. A machinist by training and a communicator by nature, making him a consummate sales person. He always had time for you. A genuine, personable soul. Proud of his family and his heritage. He knew my family and always enquired about them. Our sympathies to you, he will be missed, and also fondly remembered.

  11. Frank Nicol

    January 14, 2024 at 7:48 pm

    Dear Karen, Ann and I were so sad to learn of John’s passing.
    John was a kind and gentle man who always had a good word for everyone he met. When we visited your home he always made sure that we felt welcome. In my mind’s eye I can picture him sitting back relaxed in his chair discussing with me every topic under the sun. He was so friendly and hospitable. John was rightfully very proud of his family and of your rise through the ranks of the Federation to the position you now hold.
    To lose your life’s companion is devastating but Ann and I feel sure that with the help of your family and friends you will find the strength to weather this difficult time in your life.
    Karen, Simone and Mara, you are in our thoughts and we extend our deepest condolences.

  12. Carolyn OSBORNE

    January 15, 2024 at 11:04 am

    My deepest sympathy on losing such a wonderful partner and father. John’s love for Karen, Simone and Mara will be part of their lives forever.

  13. Sonia

    January 17, 2024 at 7:12 am

    Many years ago, John reminded me with his British sense of humour that I was not “buying the space shuttle”. Well, I still often apply these “wise words” and they work every single time to make me smile and calm me down. John, you are kindly remembered. Karen, Simone and Mara, all my affection. Sonia

  14. Ray and Barb Thorpe Alberta

    January 17, 2024 at 8:01 pm

    Rest in peace old friend you are sadly missed. No more loving Father and Husband ever lived. He was so proud of Karen and the girls.

  15. Brian, Christine and Justin Bourne

    January 25, 2024 at 1:50 pm

    It came as a huge shock to us today to hear of John’s passing. As neighbours for many years and dedicated Honda drivers we will miss the curbside chats about most everything and anything under the sun. John bravely faced his health issues and was forever optimistic about a positive outcome. As other’s have mentioned, he was fiercely proud of the three women in his life ; Karen, Simone and Mara. His pride radiating in the telling of their accomplishments. His calls to ask if “Your young man would be free to cut the grass” would invariably turn into a long conversation bringing us both up to date on the other’s current situation. First met as a car salesman, then a realization we were neighbours and finally a friendship that will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls Karen. Rest in Peace my friend.

  16. Ranj and Warren

    February 4, 2024 at 11:01 pm

    We’ll miss John and all his stories. He and his family were one of the first people to welcome us to the Valois neighborhood over 25 years ago. Rest in peace John. Your neighbors Warren, Ranj, Spencer and Rhiannon


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