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John Nelson

John Edmond Nelson

Friday, December 22nd, 1939 - Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
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John passed away at Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, with family and friends present. Predeceased by his parents Isabella and Melville, his wife Jennifer and brother-in-law Philip. John will be missed by his sister-in-law Andrea, Linda and his nieces Tara, Darcie and Whitney, and lifelong friend Robert and his wife Jean, teaching colleague and friend Norm and his wife Anita and friends Rose Marie, Bob, Mike, Tom and Paul with whom he met every morning at the local Tim Hortons in Fenelon Falls. John was an elementary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board. He retired to Fenelon Falls where he enjoyed boating, snowmobiling, sitting on his dock and pursuing his passion for old radios and cars. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels as long as he was able. A celebration of John's life will take place at JARDINE FUNERAL HOME, CREMATION & TRIBUTE CENTRE, 8 Princes' Street, West, Fenelon Falls on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 1:00 p.m with a reception to follow. If desired, expressions of sympathy to the Ontario SPCA or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. On line condolences, memorial donations please visit www.jardinefuneralhome.com
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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, May 25th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Jardine Funeral Home, Cremation & Tribute Centre
    Address
    8 Princes St. West, Box 343
    Fenelon Falls, Ontario K0M 1N0
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Darcie Maurice

Posted at 04:31pm
My name is Darcie Maurice and John was my Uncle John. Growing up and still living in California I, unfortunately, didn't get to spend holidays and birthdays with family in Canada until more recent years. One visit in particular really stands out and that was when Whitney graduated university. My mother, daughter and I stayed at the same hotel Uncle John was at and we had a mediocre breakfast at the hotel one morning and had such a delightful conversation. I don't remember what we talked about in particular but I walked away from that table knowing more about him than I ever had. I already knew he was smart and liked the outdoors but I got to know him more and realized he was laid back and really funny, witty! He was patient, kind and so even-keeled. I don't think he had an irrational bone in his body! So many wonderful qualities and we will truly miss him. RIP Uncle John.
DM

Darcie Maurice

Posted at 04:31pm
My name is Darcie Maurice and John was my Uncle John. Growing up and still living in California I, unfortunately, didn't get to spend holidays and birthdays with family in Canada until more recent years. One visit in particular really stands out and that was when Whitney graduated university. My mother, daughter and I stayed at the same hotel Uncle John was at and we had a mediocre breakfast at the hotel one morning and had such a delightful conversation. I don't remember what we talked about in particular but I walked away from that table knowing more about him than I ever had. I already knew he was smart and liked the outdoors but I got to know him more and realized he was laid back and really funny, witty! He was patient, kind and so even-keeled. I don't think he had an irrational bone in his body! So many wonderful qualities and we will truly miss him. RIP Uncle John.
DW

Darryl Worsley

Posted at 11:34pm
So sorry to hear of John's passing and our condolences to the family. John's Dad, Melville and then John and Jennifer were great neighbours and friends in Markham for over 40 years. One could always count on John to help out. John loved animals, appreciated the outdoors in all seasons, music and history especially. Will forever remember John driving his beloved, Fiat Spider convertible with the top down with a big smile. Our friend, you will be missed.

The Worsley Family
RC

RoseMarie Condon

Posted at 02:19pm


John was my good friend. He took life a day at a time and did it his way while trying to walk lightly on the earth without fuss till he could no longer. He had a bright quirky intellect that I truly miss connecting with.
John and I sat almost every morning over coffee these last number of years discussing a wide range of issues both current and historical; from inner workings to the universe and beyond. No subject was off the table.
An audiophile John laboured long over obtaining perfect audio balance and optimal colour for the older movies he loved to watch. We teased him about this and he took it in stride. Cars, engines, anthracite, crystal radios on and on our conversations roamed. World order, democracy; we covered so much and always found ourselves saying how glad we are to live in Fenelon Falls where life seems more predictable than in the world at large. Our conversations were peppered with humour. John had a ready wit and I enjoyed gently jibbing with him. We all did.
I proposed we construct a traffic circle as an improvement to the intersection in front of Tim's. A round-about containing a central monument with a statue of John encased in a vacuum tube holding aloft a piece of anthracite. He quite liked the idea.
John was reclusive by nature yet he thoroughly enjoyed his handful of friends who sorely miss him.
WM

Whitney Maurice

Posted at 10:28pm
Missing Uncle John very much. He was the first person to teach me a proper J-Stroke on the Burnt River, he also taught me so much about old movies, how technology changed the way we watch films. While he loved the past, he was also so keen to learn about current cameras, recording devices, and of course smart phones. I will miss his curious and humble nature.
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