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John Frederick Burrows

November 6, 1948 - July 22, 2017

John Burrows: November 6, 1948 - July 22, 2017

Service Date: July 27, 2017

Funeral Home Nepean - Garden Chapel

Church Bells Corners United Church

Posted by:
Maria and Gord Hardcastle

Posted on:
August 16, 2017

It is never sensible that disease takes the lives of those who have made such an impact on others all too soon. That is definitely how we see the passing of John, a man who touched many with his wonderful personality. We have treasured memories of John from summers spent together at the Laurelville Mennonite music camp in Pennsylvania.There he did make a lasting impact on our daughter who was a child discovering life. John had a special connection with her and it is with a parents' pride that I read her words in a memory here. Those summers gave us not just happy memories but building blocks in our life journey, directly related to the good people like John we had the pleasure of meeting. Our deepest sympathy to Johanna and John's children. Hopefully it does help to know that others too feel your loss and understand the gap left in family life. John was taken too soon,but never to be forgotten

Posted by:
Char Hardcastle

Posted on:
August 12, 2017

Burrows family- I can't imagine the pain you are going through. My deepest condolences. I am sending many prayers your way. My best memory of John was when he took me white water rafting in Pennsylvania, while we all were at camp. My dad (Gord), had never been either, and John very bravely said he would take me. It was honestly one of the best days of my life, and I will always remember it. Especially, that neither of us fell out of our raft, and my Dad, and his rafting partner fell out of theirs, and then when they got back in their raft, they were facing each other. Thank you, to all of you, for those amazing summer memories at Laurelville.

Posted by:
Barbara A Silva

Posted on:
July 30, 2017

Mrs. Burrows & family: I offer you all my sincere condolences on your loss. It was my pleasure to have helped with John's care for a brief shift only. He is now at peace and a shining star in the heavens as a guide for you all. May you find peace in the knowledge that he is suffereing no more and in God's care. Sincerely yours, Barbara Silva, RN/PSW - At-Home Hospice

Posted by:
Ute Gerbrandt

Posted on:
July 29, 2017

It is with much grief and sadness I learned of John's passing away on July 22nd while away on a visit to family in Kitchener/Waterloo.I just got back today and learned that the memorial service for John has already taken place. I am sorry to have missed it. My condolences and sympathy goes out to the family especially Joanna who with perseverance and love looked after John is this difficult time. May the peace of God, His love and caring surround the family during this time of grief but also of remembrances of great times together. John's love for x-skiing and resulting friendship with Leonard Gerbrandt has been a healing experience for me - the widow of Leonard and as a friend to dear John. Ute Gerbrandt

Posted by:
Owen King

Posted on:
July 27, 2017

I am sad to hear about John's passing. I recall many good times skiing with him. My deepest condolences to John's family.

Posted by:
Jim Shaw

Posted on:
July 27, 2017

I had the honour of working with John at the CWC in the late 80's/early 90's. He was a man of strong character and high standards. He was a good person. My condolences to his family on this loss - may your loving memories sustain you at this difficult time.

Posted by:
Jerome Menton

Posted on:
July 27, 2017

My deepest condolences to Joanna and John's family. I swam in the same lane as John with the Nepean Masters Swim Club for almost 10 years. Even though I was ten years younger in years, I had a really hard time keeping up with him. John was a great swim mate and good friend and we had numerous good talks over lunch when I was going through my fight with cancer. He is with me every time I have a swim. God bless him and his family and friends. Jerome

Posted by:
Rosemary Redfern

Posted on:
July 27, 2017

John always brought warmth and happiness to all who knew him when he came to Stillwater Retirement Residence to visit his mother, Teddy. He would often pop in for a quick visit over mealtime, where he knew he could easily find his mom. However, he visited many tables first, greeting and bantering with many other residents. The hearts that he touched and his smiling face will be missed by more people than he could have imagined. May Peace be with you John, and also with your wonderful family. With heartfelt condolences, Eleanor Sheedy and Family

Posted by:
Marcel Payant

Posted on:
July 26, 2017

Whether we were skiing, canoeing, kayaking or working together on a project, John always made sure we were enjoying the moment. He will be dearly missed. My deepest condolences to Joanna and John's family.

Posted by:
Stuart Jack

Posted on:
July 26, 2017

Our sympathies to Johanna, Kristen, Erin, Andrew & his Mom. John had a unique combination of droll humour & confidence in his abilities, to cite an example: on bringing him to our cottage for a modest (6K) ‘long distance’ tandem canoe race, he avoided having to do a ‘j’ stroke by pacing strokes on each side. Upon winning the race, had the trophy engraved “& Stuart made me do it” John was both a superb organatizator across many sports and a calming influence on others. On doing a 87K trip on the Coulonge a few years back we’d dallied for 2 days & accomplished all of 27K; the morning of the 3rd day, John got breakfast going then rousted the camp to get on the water. We reached the road head just in time for sunset. John was a loyal and perceptive friend & will be missed. Stuart, Heather, Steph, Val & Carolyn

Posted by:
Meredith Vanstone

Posted on:
July 26, 2017

Dear Kristen and family, my deepest condolences on the loss of your father, grandfather, husband and friend. I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad, but certainly got a sense of your deep love and respect for him, and the remarkable contribution that he made to your life and your kids' lives. Hope you are finding peace and comfort in each other's company at this difficult time.

Posted by:
Kate Shippey

Posted on:
July 26, 2017

Erin, Chris and Family- Thinking of you and the entire Burrows family during this difficult time. Sending you all prayers, loves and hugs. Wish I could be there during this time. Miss you both and of course Miles and Owen. Lots of hugs and love. xoxoxo ~Kate

Posted by:
Angela Dey

Posted on:
July 26, 2017

John's family and church family, I'm very sorry to hear about his passing, but certain he's safe with the Lord. I have fond memories of two years of BCUC which include his smile, welcoming manner, and constant willingness to help with everything and anything. See you on the other side John.

Posted by:
Bob Black

Posted on:
July 26, 2017

On behalf of myself and siblings Elizabeth and Charles, condolences to Ethelda and her family. John was a familiar and enjoyable person from our Quebec City days and after

Posted by:
Peter Mazikins

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

Very sad to hear of John's passing. I worked with John for many years at the Canadian Wood Council during the 1990's and have many fond memories of that time. I will always remember John's kindness, thoughtfulness, and great sense of humor. Memory Eternal.

Posted by:
Claudine Laforce

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

I am sad to hear about John's passing. We connected eight years ago when I worked at NRC Construction. John was an excellent writer who I could rely on for providing 'on point' articles. His knowledge was extensive and his people skills outstanding. Even when the work possibilities were slim, John made a point of connecting with me to see how I was doing. He will be missed by many.

Posted by:
Penny Skelton

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

My memories of John go back to Sillery and Quebec, and more recently at QHS get togethers in Ottawa. Always warm and welcoming and with a smile on his face, John was a kind and gentle soul. Condolences to the family and friends.

Posted by:
Jimena Silliker

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

Dear Kristen and family. My deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family, your Dad seemed to be pretty extraordinary. Thinking of you. Jimena

Posted by:
Jenny Legassie & Steve Bartlett

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Posted by:
Petya lowes

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

Johanna and the entire family. I am saddened to learn of John's passing. John was an amazing person to know over the years. He made me a welcome to Canada paddle that I will always treasure. He was a great person to know. There are no words what you guys are feeling right know. My Heartfelt Condolences are with you all during this sorrow time. May you find comfort in remember John as he wanted you too.

Posted by:
Diana. Allen

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

My deepest sympathy to you Susan. Thinking of you and hope all is well with your mom.

Posted by:
Tony Rotherham

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

I am sorry to hear of John's passing. We did not know one another well but shared a keen interest in the well-being of the forest products industry. We collaborated on a couple of studies on improvements in the utilization of wood to make lumber and other products. Sounds pretty boring but important to both John and I and to others involved with the industry. At one of our work sessions John told me of a lucky adventure when he found some thin ice - and some cold water, while cross-country skiing on a river . He will be missed. Tony Rotherham

Posted by:
Karen Wright-Scrimshaw

Posted on:
July 25, 2017

So very sad to hear of John's passing. We used to travel together from time to time to the QHS reunions in Ottawa. John had a gentle soul and a big heart. He will be sorely missed by his QHS friends. Sincere condolences to the Burrows family.

Posted by:
Joan Westland

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

I have many fond memories of John in Quebec City, particularly QHS. We also got together, over the years at the various reunions. His gentle soul and great sense of humour are treasures to be cherished! My sincere condolences to John's family. Joan Westland

Posted by:
Louise Richardson

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

My most sincere condolences to the Burrows family. Although John was ahead of me in QHS, I was a classmate of his sister Susan, and do remember him as an outstanding student and athlete. RIP John. Love, Louise Richardson Molinelli QHS 1968

Posted by:
Benjamin Campin

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

-20C... and John getting ready for a ski

Posted by:
Benjamin Campin

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

John clearing Nakkertok Ski Trails

Posted by:
Diane Vezina

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

Sincere condolences to the family, last saw John at an Alumni dinner in Ottawa, he was doing swimming competitions then and was very proud of it. May his competitive spirit be passed on.

Posted by:
Marie-Odile (Daumas) Rourke

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

I am saddened to hear of Johns passing. My condolences to the family. I was a friend of Susan's at Quebec High School and also knew John. It sounds like he had a wonderful life. Remember the good times. Keep him in your hearts. My husband Dennis Rourke also sends his condolences, he was a good friend of Johns through high school. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time, Dennis and Odile Rourke

Posted by:
Brenda &a Marlin Bender

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

Dear Chris, Erin and family: We are saddened to hear of your fathers passing. Sending condolences and hugs your way to you both and your family. We will be thinking of you both over the next few days. Know we would be there if we could. Miss you all Love Aunt Brenda & Uncle Marlin

Posted by:
Bev and David Townsend

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

Sorry to hear of Johns passing. Our memories of John - always active with the cubs and scouts for any outdoor activity they might be doing. We had the privilege of enjoying a number of ski outings with John. His family and sports were his priority. May the wonderful memories help all of you through this very difficult time. Our condolences

Posted by:
bill freeland

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

My thoughts are with the family at this very sad time . We have lost a good man. Warmest regards, Bill

Posted by:
Paul and Lori Choquette

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

Dear Johanna and family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Both you and John held a very special place in the lives of both my mom and dad. You were more than just neighbors, but life long friends. John was such an active man and the outdoors was his home. I know that he spoke often on our visits to come to the Yukon. We will plant a tree here in his honor from our family. Love Lori and Paul Choquette.

Posted by:
Wendy Bender

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

Dear Chris, Erin and boys. So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Deepest sympathy and we are thinking of you over the next few days. See you soon. Love Aunt Wendy and Uncle Kevin

Posted by:
Andrea and Geoff Ross

Posted on:
July 24, 2017

So very sorry to hear of John's passing. We remember his love of wood and woodworking and his passion for skiing. We would like to wish the whole family condolences. Much love, Andrea and Geoff Ross

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