With his family close at hand, John died peacefully at the age of 85 on Tuesday January 5, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Beloved husband of Birgitte “Didi” Rump; brother of the late Edith Warner and Dorothea Rump (Leif), Horsholm, Denmark. Father of David (Constance), Heather (Rick), Gordon (Keltie), Robert (Nancy) and Karsten (Rebecca). Devoted grandfather/farfar of Tobin, Carly, Sergei, Eric, Jonathan, Emma, Jacob, Sam and Max. Loving husband and father, grandfather/farfar, brother, uncle, colleague and friend, John is also survived by his former wife Linda Craig Howes.
John was a man who lived life to the fullest and found joy in everyday experiences. He was passionate in all he undertook be it as a student, King’s Scout, school teacher/administrator, United Church member, innovator, bird carver or sailor. John left his indelible mark as a dedicated educator on three West Island high schools and John Abbott College; other schools in Montreal, Cowansville and Ottawa also bear evidence of his creative talents.
A very special thanks goes out to the doctors, nurses and pharmacists who provided so much care in his final years.
A celebration of John’s life will take place on Tuesday January 12, 2016, at 3:00 pm at Cedar Park United Church, 204 Lakeview Avenue, Pointe-Claire, followed by a reception. Rather than sending flowers, please feel free to make a donation to a charity of your choice.