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John Wynne

John Burns Wynne

Saturday, March 20th, 1926 - Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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John Burns Wynne
March 20, 1926-July 14, 2019

Born in Toronto, adored only son of Charles and Eva (Crummer) Wynne. JB leaves behind his soulmate of 73 years, wife of 67 years, Patricia (O’Day), his four daughters, Kathleen (Jane), Evie Honeyman, Ann (Peter) and Marie Hodgson (Doug), his grandchildren, Amy, Chris, Jessie, Maggie, Katy, Charlotte, Tim, Lizzie, Isaac and Myles and three great grandchildren, Livie, Claire and Hugh, beloved by each and every one.

John grew up in North Toronto attending John Ross Robertson Public School, Crescent School, and graduating from St. Andrew’s College School just as WWII ended. He studied Medicine at U of T and began as a family physician in 1952 where he practiced for 40 years.

JB loved life. He was an athlete—boxing, hockey and cricket as a teenager; hockey, golf, curling, tennis, running, walking into the final days of his life. He was a piano player and a photographer. He loved Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. He was a reader. He loved W.O.Mitchell, Dylan Thomas and Henning Mankell. In the early years he joined the Lions Club and started a ‘sock hop’ for local kids and in the 60’s he supported Pat’s volunteer work with youth. He got elected to the board of the Ontario Medical Association to work to keep the connection between doctors and their patients in the early days of Medicare. He cared deeply about politics, was a lifelong Liberal and was actively distressed by the rise of right wing populism.

But of all the things he loved in his life, there were two that surpassed the rest. The first was Pat. He loved his Bahamian girl completely. The second was cutting through the morning mist on Lake Opeongo in his canoe. The tackle box and the fish were an excuse.

JB’s family is very grateful to all the nurses and doctors on the stroke floor at Mackenzie Health and to the palliative team. Thank you all for your fine care.

If you would like to make a donation in JB’s name, he would love you to support the Friends of Algonquin Park or the Mackenzie Health Foundation.

The Family will hold a service in JB’s memory in September.
Arrangements entrusted to MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, Richmond Hill, ON.
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Georgina Bencsik

Posted at 11:49am
Dear Kathleen and Family

Most sorry to learn of your dear father’s passing. May he Rest In Peace with the cognizance that he will be fondly remembered for his service to Canada and for his love to his family, his friends, his passions and nature.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on your loss.
May you all be comforted by memories and your father, John Burns Wynne’s everlasting love.

Georgina Bencsik

Christine Milks

Posted at 07:37am
Dear Kathleen & Family-Please accept our deepest sympathies with this loss of your father. We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. A life well lived, well loved...Sincerely, Christine Milks & Don Mills

Michael Chan

Posted at 05:18pm
Elaine and I were truly saddened to learn of your beloved father's passing. No matter how long the life, no matter how well we think we are prepared, the grief remains overwhelming and the sadness immeasurable. As you cope with this greatest of loss to you and your family, please know we are thinking of you and extend our deepest condolences.
Michael Chan, Former MPP, Markham-Unionville

Omar Najjar

Posted at 03:31pm
Sincere condolences to you Kathleen, Jane and all the family; may he rest in peace. A great man no doubt, he lives on in you and your legacy. what you have given our country is something he was very proud of, as we all are. Blessings.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti & Markham Council

Posted at 02:38pm
Dear Kathleen & Family,

Please accept our sincerest condolences for the loss of your father. He dedicated his life to serving others and his memory will not be forgotten in the community.

thinking of you,

Frank Scarpitti
Mayor of Markham
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