John Carpenter


11:00 am
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Eglinton St. George's United Church
35 Lytton Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


A reception will take place in the Church Hall.

Obituary of John Carpenter


1925 – 2018


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, and uncle on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.  John is survived by his cherished wife of sixty-six years, Barbara (nee Campbell); daughters, Cathy, Jane, and Christine; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; many nieces and a nephew.  He is predeceased by his parents, Ed and Glenna Carpenter and his sister, Lorna Walker.


Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, John attended the city’s local schools and participated in football, track and field, and elite hockey.  When his family moved to Winnipeg, John continued his studies and elite hockey career.  The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted John, but he chose to serve, for two years, in the Royal Canadian Navy.


Following his war service, John attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a law degree.  At the U of M, he met Barb, studied hard, and played football.  John was called to the Bar of Manitoba in 1951.  After university, he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for two years.


John was certified as a Chartered Life Underwriter in 1965.  He spent most of his career as a top executive in insurance and mining companies in Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal, London (Ontario) and Toronto.


John lived life to the fullest and had many interests.  His greatest passions were keeping fit, golfing, playing squash and tennis and karate in his later years.  He loved his ‘girls’, the farm, his Doberman (Max), and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Whether he was John, Dad, Grand Dad, or Great-Grand Dad, he believed that “Goodbyes are not forever.  Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I will miss you until we meet again”.


A celebration of John’s life and a reception will be held in Eglinton St. George’s United Church (35 Lytton Blvd., Toronto) on Saturday, July 28th at 11:00 a.m.  If desired, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through

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