John is survived by his wife and partner of 58 years, his three children, Lisa (Jamie) Laws, Andrew (Tamara) and Dean (Kristen), and six loving grandchildren, Anna, Evan, Savannah, Kohen, Caden and Gwyneth. His dear sisters are Elizabeth Coughlin (Tom) and Patricia Martin. He was predeceased by his parents, Andy and Helen Hrbak, brother Rick, sister-in-law Karen and brother-in-law Dan.
John was a proud member of the Plumber’s and Fitters Local 527 and served his apprenticeship in Windsor where John and Linda first met and began their family. In 1974 they moved to Saugeen Township, where John started crafting one of his many skills as a part-time farmer. John and Linda eventually moved “to town”, Port Elgin, where he flourished in another of his hobbies of being a skilled woodworker. Summers were spent at The Trailer on Manitoulin Island where he loved to get up early and take to Lake Kagawong where he would hit his secret fishing hot spots that he only shared with his sons and grandsons.
The family participated in a private viewing. A Celebration of Life will be held on October 23rd at the Hespeler Legion 272 from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm.
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John’s urn will be put to rest in the Port Elgin Cemetery.
Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, Organ Transplant Unit @ LHSC or Dialysis Unit at Grand River Hospital would be appreciated.
Special thanks to Nurse Hazim, who visited regularly, Dr. Yip and the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital, Dr. Vitou and PD Nurse Katherine at Grand River Hospital. Also to Nurse Patricia at Mindemoya Hospital on Manitoulin Island.
Until I’m with you again, My Love. - Linda
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