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John Atkins

John Bertram Atkins

Friday, July 3rd, 1936 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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Obituary

John passed away on Friday, February 19th, 2021 at Mackenzie Health Hospital surrounded by love and prayers from his family at the young age of 84. He suffered a heart attack and other complications (non-COVID related).

He is deeply loved and will be forever missed by his beloved wife Cathy. He was a loving father to Christina (Patrick), Wendy (David), Joanne and Tracy. He was predeceased by his son Steven. He was a dear “Grandpa” to Taylor (Devon), Spencer, Mallory, Jacob, Maxx, Joshua and Alexandra. As well, a large extended family and circle of friends will also miss him.

Professionally, he was well respected within his engineering career and made major contributions to highway design within Ontario as well as his own business of designing homes in earlier years.

He was a man who loved life and lived it to its fullest. He was quick to laugh. He always was conscious of health and well-being. His favourite past-times were golf-golf-golf, bowling, watching a great basketball or hockey game, a delicious dessert or simply an animated discussion to dissect a great Dateline TV episode. Most recently, he got involved in the local CNIB club.

The thing closest to his heart and his greatest joy was time with family. Every year he would spend a week at Sauble Beach with his entire family enjoying the water, the sun and the togetherness. A lot of great memories were made there.

He was fun loving, supportive, logical, responsible, positive, and proud of his loved ones. John was always giving accolades. His calm demeanour was an inspiration to all who needed perspective, even if only for a moment.

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, only a private family service will take place. Per John’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the CNIB.

The family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers at this time. Please leave a condolence message here or share your fondest memory or photos of John and they will be passed on to his family.
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Wendy Ruttan

Posted at 11:00am
My deepest condolences to Johns family during this trying time
Memories of him will live within yourself and help you be guided thru this time.
I met John at bowling in Richmond Hill many years ago and we even bowl on the same league. With his smile and care on’s was a true sportsman to bowling and was a pleasure to known him.
Rest in peace
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Tara Gregory

Posted at 10:38am
I first met John at bowling and after several years, to my surprise, when I changed jobs discovered I was working for the same company (URS). John was a great and kind person with a gentle soul. My condolences he will be missed
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Paula D'aguanno Evangelista

Posted at 03:28pm
We are so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful neighbour. We will miss him. Paula and Angelo Evangelista
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Maureen

Posted at 10:57pm
Dear Uncle Johnny,
I’m sorry that I didn’t get to say a proper good bye, but I’m happy to know that you are surrounded by the many beautiful hearts that left us before you. I will miss your wonderful smile.
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Amanda Salmon

Posted at 10:29pm
Dear Uncle Johnny,
How I will miss our chats around the kitchen table at family gatherings. We have shared so many laughs. One more angel is looking out for our family now. You will be missed.
Love,
Amanda

To our family,
Keeping everyone in our thoughts and sending love your way. Even though you can’t see him, he is watching. May the memories you have shared, bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.
Xoxo
Amanda, Alex, and Elliot
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