August 25, 2023

John Foley

“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.

Celebration of Life

Brasserie La Résidence (the Rez)

4705 Boul. Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds, QC H9A 1R4

Saturday, September 2, 2023 - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

15 responses

  1. Donna Grant

    August 26, 2023 at 8:10 pm

    My sincerest condolences to Virginia and the family . My prayers are with you at this difficult time .

  2. James

    August 27, 2023 at 7:28 am

    Sad news and condolences to Virginia, Sophia and family. I have good memories ofJohn!

  3. Anne-Marie Smith

    August 27, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    My deepest sympathies Sophia. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

  4. Shannon Olson

    August 27, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all as you go through this difficult time. We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing and are sending our deepest condolences.

  5. Michel (Coco) Paquet

    August 27, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    My Sympathies to The Family
    RIP John

  6. Bernie

    August 27, 2023 at 1:36 pm

    RIP Big Guy / Johnny

  7. Darron and Julann

    August 27, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    Our deepest condolences Matt, Charlye, Virginia, Sophia, and Joseph. You are in our thoughts. Love Darron and Julann

  8. Rose Marie MacArthur

    August 27, 2023 at 9:29 pm

    Condolences so sad to read this. Hugs

  9. Leslie Bass

    August 28, 2023 at 10:58 am

    My sincere condolences to you and your family . May his memory be a blessing .

  10. Mike,Vivian

    August 28, 2023 at 11:57 am

    RIP my dear friend, Vivian Mike.

  11. Mike Shlien

    August 28, 2023 at 11:58 am

    RIP my dear friend, Vivian Mike.

  12. Linda Clark, daughter of Albert Clark cousin of John.

    August 28, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    My deepest condolences to the family.

  13. Fred Jeffers

    August 29, 2023 at 10:22 am

    Sincerest condolences to you, Sophia, and your family. Hoping you are sharing some great memories as you go through this difficult time together.


    September 2, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    Great guy will never be forgotten

  15. Beth Campbell

    September 5, 2023 at 8:13 am

    I’m very sorry for your loss.


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