It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Jon on July 28, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. Deeply mourned by his beloved wife of 54 years Carole-Anne (née Clark). Loving father and grandfather of Bjorn-Erik (Angela Parodo), Darian and Mackenzie Kleivstul of Montreal and Sharon Shipston (Mark), Ethan, Owen, Robin and Erin Shipston of Huntsville, ON. He is survived by his sister, Sigrunn Refsholt, and family of Askim, Norway; his sister-in-law, Astrid Kleivstul Johnson and family of Cooma, Australia; relatives in North Dakota and Oregon; and a grand entourage of great friends everywhere. We are all broken-hearted.
His life-long love of the outdoors; skiing, fishing, hunting, boating, camping, exploring, reflected his Norwegian heritage. A well-remembered figure in the Marine Community in Montreal.
According to his wishes, there will be no funeral.
“I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places…”
Arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (615-695-7979;Voluntas.ca).
Dr. Gabriel MinzJuly 31, 2017 at 7:06 pm
It was a pleasure to know Jon throughout the last 20 years as his family physician.I enjoyed his humour and
stories about his fishing trips and adventures in the great northern Quebec and at the Miramichi River in
Despite many medical problems he rarely complained about his condition,always positive.I will miss him
Bob ZeagmanJuly 31, 2017 at 11:09 pm
It was truly a honour to have been a friend of Jon and his family, we shared many a good time together in marine industry functions and fishing trips, he was truly one of a kind! You will truly be missed Jon.
Larry Mc GowanAugust 1, 2017 at 7:16 am
Jon left behind so many friends and great experiences for all that were fortunate enough to have known him and Carole.
Alway up for the next adventure . I hope that the fish are rising to the fly for you my very dear friend .
Larry and Ann
Chris GillespieAugust 1, 2017 at 2:07 pm
Truly sad news, a wonderful man and one that so many of us enjoyed the company of on hunting and fishing trips. Always willing to lend a hand and give wise counsel to those of us younger and in need of same. In my humble view the only Norwegian I ever met that could tell a good joke! So many great dinners after a day’s fishing or hunting trading joke after joke. He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with John’s family.
David BlakelyAugust 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm
We interact with many during our voyage through life, but there are few we feel we can trust immediately for some reason on the first meeting; Jon was one of those for me. He was a straight shooter as a supplier and as a Grunt Club colleague and it’s been too many years since I had the honour to reconnect. Fortunately, I believe we all travel together again in some form.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family who knew him beyond any other perspective.
Harold GillAugust 2, 2017 at 8:56 am
Many of us have been fortunate to have had Jon around us. ‘Some’ of ‘my’ great memory’s took place in his den in Dorval, amongst the memorabilia and trophies, planning upcoming fishing or hunting trips on his annual calendar (which was fairly extensive).
JK joined our fishing club, the Ascension Fish & Game in 1993 after his Pointer Club closed. He shared his love of nature with both members and guests and indeed everyone looked forward to his arrival, for it included not only stories and jokes.
Along with his grand humour, charm and deep knowledge of just about everything he would bring along to share with us Arctic Char, smoked geese, ducks, salmon or bear that he himself had fished and hunted around the province over the previous year.
Personally I am grateful for all these memories these past 25 years. Through Jon I was reintroduced to fishing and hunting and a love of nature that I have been able to pass along to my own children and friends.
Tight lines my great friend!
Harold & Annie
Robbie NoelAugust 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm
Jon, my friend, I am so sad to learn of your moving on. My heart goes out to Carol and your family.
It was a privilege to come to know you and you taught me much about life and the art of the outdoors. You were a vast font of knowledge that you were always willing to share, along with the fine fruits of your fishing and hunting excursions. You were always so very generous and caring.
You have enriched my life and left me with many extraordinary experiences and stories.
You are a great friend and I will miss you.
Robbie and Lise