“To make a long story short,” John Foley passed away on August 25, 2023, surrounded by his family at home at the age of 72 (or 39 US as he would often say). A fighter right until the end, the man who said it was his job to “sell Montréal” will also call it his final resting place.
John leaves behind his wife, Virginia; children, Sophia (Joseph) and Matthew (Charlye); two brothers, Brian and Francis; cherished nieces and nephews; and a few undrunk O’Keefe’s, for which he was an unofficial spokesman. He is now off to once again see his parents, Peggy and Frank; his eldest brother, Donald; and his many beloved pets.
John had two careers really: He was a bus driver for STM as well as a renowned city tour guide. He knew every facet of Montréal, and it seemed as though this was a place “where everybody knew his name.” When not working, John would cook up BBQ in the backyard while chatting to his best friend, Shaun, on the other side of the fence. They’d toast to one another while the pork chops became a fine line between overdone and leather. On the rare weekend he had off, John could be seen with his good friends, Bill and Gerry, trying their luck on the green and then celebrating at the 19th hole. In fact, he wouldn’t miss this opportunity to say “Golf is like life… you strive for the green, but end up in the hole.”
We will miss you, and those classic dad jokes.
Those wishing to share happy memories and celebrate John’s life are invited to the Brasserie La Résidence (the Rez), 4705 blvd Saint-Jean, on September 2, 2023 from 1-4pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to your local animal welfare organization in his honour.