John Donald Gannon
John Donald “Jack” Gannon passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on April 26, 2008, 14 days before his 88th birthday.
He was born in Mountain Township to the late Patrick Gannon and Elizabeth (McMahon). He was predeceased by his loving wife Gwen (nee Porter), brothers Francis, and Patrick, sister Katherine Patterson, and sister-in-law Ruby Huff. He is survived by his son John (Sue) of Coleville, Sask., granddaughter Shanna (Kelly Nixon) of Lashburn, Sask., sisters-in-law Reta Gannon, Alta Carr (the late Frank), and Louise Burnside (Bob), brother-in-law Gordon Porter (Edna), and many nieces and nephews.
He was the longtime companion of Isabel McDiarmid. He will be remembered by his extended family, Wendy, Sheryl, Lloyd, Myra and their families.
Jack cared the family farm near Inkerman for many years. As well as farming, he was “Jack” of all trades, working at many different jobs. He was loved by many people and a friend to all, but illness during the last few months had forced him to give up many things that he liked to do. Jack and Isabel travelled a lot and spent many winter months in Florida and had a lot of friends there. He enjoyed music and singing, loved dancing, and could tell you many stories about the “good old days”. Even up until his death he maintained a great sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.
Friends paid their respects at Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain, where the service was held in the chapel on April 30. Inurnment was held on May 3 at St. Daniel’s Catholic Cemetery in South Mountain. The pallbearers were Ronald and Donald Gannon, John Patterson, all his nephews, granddaughter Shanna, Jeff Crerar, and Lloyd McDiarmid. The honourary pallbearers were grandchildren Matthew and Paul Crerar, Lindsey and Cory Brown, and John and Andrew Wolosgyn.
The organist was Doreen Acres and the soloist was Lindsey Brown. A reception was held in the funeral home with the Osgoode Baptist Church ladies providing the lunch.