John Vanatter

Jack Vanatter

Thursday, May 1st, 1930 - Friday, October 9th, 2020
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VANATTER, John Henry (Jack):
After a brief stay at Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay, Jack passed away with his family at his side. John Henry Vanatter better known as ‘Jack’ moved to Fenelon Falls with his parents Earl and Emily Vanatter in 1932, at the age of 2. Jack was the loving husband of the late Ina Vanatter (nee York) 2009. Dear father of Linda (Larry) Lake, Nancy (Monty) Crowe and Cheryl (Gerard) Pearson. Loving grandfather of Jennifer, David, Heather, Michael, Becky, Carrie and Jeff, and his great grandchildren Jessica, Sammy, Phineas, Beverley, Colton, Henry, and Jamieson. Jack learned his father’s trade as a butcher and joined his parents' grocery business. Jack and Ina operated Van’s Groceteria until they retired in 1976. Jack joined the Fenelon Falls Fire Department as a teenager and continued to volunteer for over 50 years. When the fire alarm blew, Jack could be seen racing from the store down the street to the fire hall, while untying his butcher's apron on the fly. His long legs would have him there in no time ready to face whatever challenge that was required. He was involved in his church and community over the years. An avid outdoorsman who along with Ina, spent their retirement travelling and exploring North America. He especially enjoyed canoeing and passed the love of paddling to his children and grandchildren. A gentleman always; kind, patient, thankful, respectful, fun loving, filled with laughter and love which he generously shared with his family. He always had a quick smile and saw the humour in things. Even during his illness, he remained strong and a role model for all. A private family graveside service will be held at Fenelon Falls Cemetery. To leave an on-line condolence, make a memorial donation to Fenelon Falls United Church or to or share a story please visit: The family would like to thank his friends and neighbours for their support and thoughtful contact during this year of challenges. Your calls and cards were source of happiness for Dad and reminded him that the community kept him in their thoughts. We would also like to thank all those who assisted Dad at home and a sincere thank-you to the nurses and doctors at RMH for their kindness and compassion.
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  • Private Family Service

    Fenelon Falls Cemetery
    80 Concession Road
    Fenelon Falls, Ontario K0M 1N0
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  • Interment

    Fenelon Falls Cemetery
    80 Concession Road
    Fenelon Falls, Ontario K0M 1N0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


  • Canadian
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  • Kawartha Lakes Fire services


Donations are being accepted for: Fenelon Falls United Church.


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One of the Dewar family, also Testivo, Cameron and Scriver family’s.

Posted at 06:38pm
My sincere condolences to the family.
My best memories of your parents are going shopping with my parents on Friday nights. They would only shop at Van’s. Jack andIna greeted us so warmly it was just terrific as we had only recently moved to Fenelon Falls. Plus the fact that one weeks shopping entailed 3 overflowing grocery carts, that’s why I was there to push the third cart. What 13 year old girl looks forward to shopping with her parents? I sis all because of how nice Jack and Ina were! Jack would joke and laughingly tease me for being there. If necessary he took off his apron to help pushcarts, or to help with the carry out. It was I happy experience for our family, warmed by your family. You were surely blessed. Even after I got older and married, I lived on the far side of Coboconk but would always shop on Fenelon at their store. My husband could not understand why I wouldn’t shop in Coboconk.the Vanatters were the reason.

carol jones

Posted at 11:05am
To Cheryl and family,
Carol and I were saddened to hear of the death of your Father. I know he owned the grocery store in Fenelon for a number of years, but I didn't know him personally. However, I knew him to be a great person.
Our condolences to all the Vanatter family.
God Bless, Gary Byrne and Carol.

Suzanne VanExan

Posted at 02:03pm
To Cheryl and family
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. Such a fine man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Suzanne Batty VanExan

Christel Belwan

Posted at 08:21pm
To the Vanatter family
I want to send you my love and prayers as you grieve the passing of Jack. Jack was a special man who will be deeply missed. He and Ina have been reunited. What a reunion that must have been .
Christel Belwan

Robert Kerr

Posted at 03:33pm
Jack was the nicest man I ever knew and I was proud to call him my cousin. I have many wonderful memories of family get-togethers. He will be missed very much by us all and we send our love and deepest sympathy to all of you . I wish we could be there to give you a hug. Your cousin, Bob and Pat Kerr and family

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