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1958 John 2024

John Sweetman

January 17, 1958 — May 29, 2024

John Charles Sweetman, aged 66, passed away on May 29, 2024 at Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, following a sudden heart attack.

Born in Ghana to Dick and Irene Sweetman, John grew up outside of Birmingham, UK with his parents and 2 brothers, Richard & David. In 1982 John emigrated to Toronto, Canada with his twin, Richard. Following partial retirement, John once again relocated, to Ottawa.

Following a 15 year career in banking, John happily switched to become an IT professional for the next 20 years. He partially retired in 2018 to start a business.

John and Amy, his partner, in business and in life, started their lives together in 2001, and became each others best friend and soulmate. In 2011, they had their only child, Mackenzie Phoenix, who brought them both great joy. The three of them became a tight knit team who loved each other dearly.

John was kind, patient and incredibly generous of spirit. He enjoyed golf, entertaining and games. He was friendly and interested in people; he had a wicked sense of humour and was interested in every topic under the sun. Everywhere he went, he gathered amazing friends, because of his genuine interest in and respect of who they were.

He is survived by his partner, best friend & soulmate Amy, his beloved daughter Phoenix, who was the centre of his world, ‘the Brothers Sweetman’, Richard & David with whom he spent every morning, and numerous friends who’s lives won’t be the same without him. John was predeceased by both parents.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on June 15, 2024, at 4 p.m. at his home in Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kanata Food Bank or the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

“We cannot forget someone who gave us so much to remember.  We miss you and love you always.”


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