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Ford, John Willard

Posted By Obits On March 17, 2021 @ 2:51 pm In Obituaries | 45 Comments


FORD – John Willard, 82, of Kempt, Queens County, passed away on March 15th, 2021 in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool, NS.
Born in Kempt, John was a son of the late Harry and Melissa (Rowter).
In the early days of his career, John worked at a number of jobs before being hired by Parks Canada as the maintenance supervisor at the newly created Kejimkujik National Park in the early 70’s where he worked until his retirement. John was very active in his community and served on the board of directors for the North Queens Nursing Home for 17 years as well as being a member of the NS Woodlot Association. John was a member of many fraternal organizations: Mechanics Lodge #78 AF & AM, Caledonia, Royal Arch Masons; Rossignol Chapter #6, Liverpool, Austin Bentley Council #15, Annapolis Royal, Shriners Philae Temple and 33rd Degree Scottish Rite, Halifax, Eastern Star (charter member) Pearle Chapter #71, Caledonia.
John had many interests mostly centered around his love for the outdoors. He and his brother, Howard spent many hours together over the years tending to their trap lines, tanning the hides and selling them. In later years, they could often be found together out in the garage working on one car or another. John also spent a lot of time with his brother-in-law, Murray travelling to Newfoundland together for a successful moose hunt. John spent a lot of time at the cabin on the Medway River with Murray, along with anyone else they could gather up, hunting, fishing and telling tall tales.
Upon retirement, John set out to build and operate a portable sawmill from scratch, logging and yarding out logs. Over the years, he sawed some beautiful lumber with that mill.
John is survived by his sister Marilyn Rawding, brother Howard (Anna). John was not only an uncle, but also a mentor to his nephew Brent, nieces Faye Heck, Sandra (Stacey) and daughter, Samantha Symonds, Heather and son, Riley Cook. When Rosamond lost her husband, John stepped in and served as a father figure for her two daughters (and his nieces) Jocelyn (Doug) son Patrick and daughter Kimberly Drane and Cheryl (Paul) Raftus. He will be sorely missed.
John was predeceased by his sister Rosamond Telfer.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in Pine Grove Cemetery, Kempt, NS. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to the North Queens Fire Department or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com.

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Condolence from Patsy & Arthur Conrad on March 17th, 2021 5:07 pm

Condolences to the Ford family on the loss of your brother John.R.I.P. John

Condolence from Bill and Leora Cavanagh on March 17th, 2021 5:10 pm

Bill and i would like to send our condolences to his family . We will miss him as he made many stops at our camp on the Rosette Road . Rest in peace John and you will always be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing you .

Condolence from David & Judy Whynott of mersey point on March 17th, 2021 5:59 pm

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of brother John. He was always a pleasure to chat with at lodge or on the street.john will be missed by all his brother masons but never forgotten.bless all his family and friends.

Condolence from Vernon & Joyce Hawkes on March 17th, 2021 7:13 pm

Our condolences to Marilyn and Howard and all the family. Treasure the Memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Brett Uhlman on March 17th, 2021 7:44 pm

I will truly miss our chats about milling! Much love to you in this hard time

Condolence from John Veinot on March 17th, 2021 8:21 pm

Very sorry to hear of John’s passing and I extend our deepest condolences to his family.

John was always able to spin a yarn or offer some words of wisdom when I has an opportunity to talk with him. The wealth of practical knowledge he had was impressive and his willingness to share it was appreciated.

John and Debbie Veinot

Condolence from Glenetta Anthony on March 17th, 2021 8:44 pm

What can I say. John was a wonderful friend to both Dick and I. I will surely miss him and I’m sure you will. Please remember he’s able to do as he wants to now. God will help you through this. You have a wonderful family. This helps. No one knows this better than I. Thank you, God bless you all now and always.

Condolence from Barbara Weagle on March 17th, 2021 9:45 pm

To Howard, Marilyn, and families. So sorry to hear of Johns passing. I’m sure you will have lots of good memories. He certainly did lots of interesting things. My thoughts are with you all.

Condolence from Wendy Whelan on March 17th, 2021 10:59 pm

So sorry to hear about your loss, John was an awesome guy who made a huge impact on many lives. He was a big part of my life growing up and when I got married gave me my first lawnmower that I treasure, dated 1926. Hugs and prayers to all the family❤️

Condolence from Jennifer Frail on March 17th, 2021 11:24 pm

All of John’s Family
Please accept my deepest condolences my heart is broke I had many conversations with John and throughly enjoyed talking with him, a very wise man,I will miss that devilish grin and the twinkle in your eye I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to get to know you. Rest Easy My Dear Friend .

Condolence from Tom and Sheila Sheppard on March 18th, 2021 8:23 am

So sorry to hear about John. Our thoughs are with you.

Condolence from Terry &Sheila DeLong on March 18th, 2021 8:32 am

We have known John for all our lives & heard many stories. You could see him early in the morning driving back roads to check on his property. RIP John.

Condolence from Patsy & Arthur Conrad on March 18th, 2021 8:42 am

To the Ford Family, so sorry to hear of Johns passing,he will be missed by those who knew him.R.I.P. John

Condolence from frank chipman on March 18th, 2021 9:15 am

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. We spoke just a couple of weeks past. A fine gentleman.

Condolence from royce on March 18th, 2021 9:16 am

In times of sorrow, we must celebrate all that is good. John will be missed by many but the memories he made with all the Ford family and throughout the communities that he touched with his friendship are surely everlasting treasures. Gather at the river and feel the gentle breezes flow, may God grant you peace as you reflect on the wisdom John has shared with all.
Pastor Royce Getson

Condolence from Arlyn & Jeanette Turner on March 18th, 2021 9:36 am

Deepest sympathy to Howard and Families. Our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Suzanne Carver Frail on March 18th, 2021 10:01 am

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. A very nice man. Had many conversations with him over the years. Condolences to the family.

Condolence from Jeannette Lewis on March 18th, 2021 11:49 am

My thoughts and prayers go out to John’s family

My condolence Jeannette Lewis

Condolence from John LEEFE on March 18th, 2021 12:04 pm

John was a most interesting man by every measure. He will be greatly missed, but fondly remembered by his many friends and especially by his brother masons.

Condolence from Mary Herron on March 18th, 2021 1:31 pm

To the Ford and Rowter families, and all the folks whose lives were touched by John. Sincere condolences to you. John has been there my whole life. I can not imagine how much he will be missed. I trust he can rest in peace. (Mary DeLong)

Condolence from Kay Telfer on March 18th, 2021 3:22 pm

I was so saddened to hear of John,s passing. My condolences go out to Marilyn,Howard Cheryl.Jocelyn and all the family,
John was a real friend to many.and will be deeply missed,
May he Rest In Peace.

Condolence from Myrna Crouse on March 18th, 2021 4:49 pm

My deepest sympathy to John’s family. We use to have quite the conversations when he’d come in the bank on pay day. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during these difficult days. Blessings!

Condolence from Joanne Harnetg on March 18th, 2021 5:33 pm

So sad to hear of John’s passing. I remember my bull dog , Boots was in a trap and John helped me and Kevin Anthony get his paw out and he drove us all home..a kind man..

Condolence from Vaughn & Kathy Rawding on March 18th, 2021 5:44 pm

Sorry to hear of John’s passing, condolences to all the family.

Condolence from Faye and Jack on March 18th, 2021 6:02 pm

Our deepest condolences to Howard, Anna and family on the loss is his brother John. Thoughts and prayers are with all
Faye and Jack Calder

Condolence from Hayward & Leota Meisner on March 18th, 2021 6:03 pm

To the family of John Ford. It is with a heavy heart that we hear of John’s passing. He was a true measure of a man and a Freemason. May it be his portion to hear……” well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the glory of God.”

Condolence from David and Joyce Biggs on March 18th, 2021 10:01 pm

Marilyn, so sorry for your loss. I remember that Dad and I were fortunate enough to go out to the camp with John and Murray. John took me for a ride in his cut down vw bug. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time

Condolence from Donna Grant on March 18th, 2021 10:32 pm

Dear Marilyn: So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Sincere condolences to you and all of John’s family & friends.

Condolence from Mary Anne Eisener on March 19th, 2021 8:59 am

To Marilyn, Howard and families,
There are many fond memories of our time with John and his many tales at the camp over the years. He was a wonderful friend to Mom and Dad (Harold and Betty) and I can be certain they are together have a chat today.
May your wonderful memories shine through the sorrow and be a comfort to you at this time.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Ray and Mary Anne Eisener (Veinot)

Condolence from Wilfred, Goldie & Angela Burnsd on March 19th, 2021 10:04 am

Dear Marilyn Sending you our DEEPEST of sympathy with the loss of your brother! May your treasured memories bring you comfort at this time! We will keep you in our prayers in the days to come! Sincerely, Wilfred, Goldie & Angela Burns

Condolence from Cindy Luxton on March 19th, 2021 11:50 am

My deepest condolences for your loss. John will be greatly missed by family and friends – he was a mentor to many, some he was not even aware. My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Peter and Lorraine Hope on March 19th, 2021 2:37 pm

We were sorry to read of John’s passing and offer our sincerest condolences to all the family but especially so to Howard. John was always an interesting person to chat with. His abilities to fix or build things made him a wonderful Jack of All Trades craftsperson.. He will be missed.

Condolence from Leigh and Cathy Merry on March 19th, 2021 4:16 pm

We were sad to hear of Johns passing. May he RIP

Condolence from Glen DeMond on March 19th, 2021 4:59 pm

Howard, Anna, Marilyn and families:
Very sorry to learn of John,s passing. I only got to know John after my retiring, returning to home 30 years ago. He was most interesting to listen to ,telling about his logging, saw mill operations and stories of earlier years and the present.
He will also be missed from the community. May God,s blessing be with you all.

Condolence from Barbara springer on March 20th, 2021 1:20 am

Ed and I want to offer our condolences to Marilyn, Howard and Anna, and all of John’s wonderful family. He will always be a part of us. God bless him R.I.P. John

Condolence from Norman and Bonnie on March 20th, 2021 8:53 am

Sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Christine and Dwight Mansfield on March 20th, 2021 12:53 pm

So very sorry to hear of John’s passing rest assured he’s happy somewhere telling his stories with family and friends Hugs to all….

Condolence from Steven Ringer and Family on March 20th, 2021 1:15 pm

So sorry to hear of Johns’ passing. I grew up almost across the road from him. He used to let me Atv and Snowmobile on the roads behind his house. He was a good man. He will be missed by all. RIP John

Condolence from Dorothy Butler on March 20th, 2021 1:48 pm

Condolences to the Ford family. I’m the youngest of Gerald & Myrtle (Luxton) Spurr’s family, and never lived in Kempt, but, I have always heard the stories. I spoke with John at my Uncle Roscoe’s funeral – he was happy to meet me, because he knew my older siblings. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Condolence from Dennis & Sharon Wills on March 20th, 2021 3:36 pm

So sorry to hear of John’s passing . Our sympathy goes out to all the Families and our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. He was a wonderful guy and will be missed by all who knew him.. Love and Hugs,
Dennis & Sharon

Condolence from Reg Kendrick on March 23rd, 2021 7:11 pm

Was sad to hear today on my trip to my camp in mill lake road of johns passing. Will miss the yarns I had with him most every fall over the last 40 odd years. The last being in his kitchen the fall before he had to go in the nursing home. My condolences to the family

Condolence from Marcus Waddington on March 23rd, 2021 8:53 pm

Please acceot my most sincere condolences at this sad time. A great loss. The archival footage illustratiing his life is one of the most beautiful films of a person who is part of his environment, totally at ease with the natural world .And his family. Such a dedicated and loyal person. .Such talent. I love the shot of him making the boardwalk in the Park. I walked on that boardwalk with my boys and Gail many a time.I wish I had known him better. But knowing that he was Rose’s brother really tells me so much. I feel a deep humility watching this film. Thank you so much for sharing it. It gives me much to think about. I feel privileged. to have been able to see a very little of what was his world in North Queens.

Condolence from Rick Allen on March 26th, 2021 11:18 pm

So sorry to hear of Johns passing today and my condolences to all of his family . John made friends with a lot people and after meeting him I knew why . Loved his story telling and just having a chat was inspiring . John will be missed by the whole community .

Condolence from Marion and Blair Baxter on March 29th, 2021 12:28 pm

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Condolences to the family.

Condolence from George & Pat on March 30th, 2021 8:01 pm

So sorry to hear of John’s passing , ….he was a gentle man with a strong ,hardy laugh & many
stories to tell…..we so enjoyed our visits with him when we passed thru the area …
He will be missed …
Fondly remembered
George & Pat

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