Obituary for John Burgess
Burgess, John "Jack" Cameron
The 95-year adventure known as the life of John "Jack" Cameron Burgess was completed on Dec 6, 2017. He passed peacefully holding the hand of Dawn, his dear wife of 64 years, and surrounded by family. Born in London on Oct 10, 1922 John was predeceased by his parents James and Christina and his three siblings. He is survived by his wife Dawn and his children Christina (James), Ken (Jill) and Bruce (Jayne) as well as 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A WWII veteran John served on the HMCS Niagara in the North Atlantic. His patriotic devotion to his country and its values was evident through his life. He attended the University of Western Ontario and was in the first graduating class of the Ivy Business school. He will be remembered for his hard work in his career with Shell Canada which saw him move throughout Ontario and the Maritime provinces.
On his retirement John and Dawn travelled extensively to Europe, Australia, USA and the Caribbean. He read voraciously in his quest to learn and maximize his life adventure. He was a devoted father and grandfather and his booming calls of support could be heard at events in which his family participated. Always ready to babysit, do house maintenance or just brainstorm a problem, John gave back to those he loved.
In his later years when his mobility was restricted he still loved to be surrounded by family and friends. He participated in spirited discussions and his quick wit generated much laughter. A member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, John’s faith translated into his life actions.
For the last few months John brightened Sunnyside Home where he received compassionate loving care. In recognition and appreciation of that, his family would ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in John’s memory to the Sunnyside Foundation (cards available at the funeral home).
A celebration of John’s life will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home (519) 749-8467, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener. Visitation will commence at 1 p.m with a service at 2 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments will follow. Private cremation to take place. Visit henrywalser.com to view John's memorial.