GODFREY – John A., 71, of Brooklyn, Queens County, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 27, 2105 in Queens General Hospital, Liverpool.
Born in Brooklyn, he was a son of the late Arnold and Marion (Cole) Godfrey.
John ran dry-cleaning services for different companies while in BC. He returned to Nova Scotia where he was employed with Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited. He retired as head of the Maintenance Department. John sold slab wood on the side and was known as the “wood guy” or as “john” of all trades.
He is survived by his companion Joanne Van Zutphen; his daughters Dori Godfrey (John) of Halifax; Denise and Michelle; step daughters Cara Corbett (Roger Bachmann) of Beach Meadows and Aimee Corbett (Paul Aucoin) of Halifax; his sons BJ (Krista) of St. John’s NL; Dan of Halifax; his step grandson Aden Bachmann; his brothers George (Georgie) of Amherstview, ON and Andrew (Lil) of Beach Meadows.
He was predeceased by brothers Edward, Reginald and David.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool. A private graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in Brooklyn Community Cemetery, Highway #3, Brooklyn. Lay Minister Peter Anthony officiating. No flowers by request, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Sorry to read about John,,Talked to him frequently at Bowater,,,Even worked on several of his renos ,,Sad.
BRENDA LAWRENCE /JIM HUBLEY
Jim and I are devasted to hear that John passed away . The community lost a giving person with the death of John . He will be sadly missed by all who knew him . John was alway’s good for a laugh . We have none John for years and he was always the same . Sincere condolences to all of his family . You are in our thoughts and prayer’s . Sincerely Brenda and Jim ……….
Shirley and Paul Neals
BJ, Dori and Daniel please accept my condolences on the loss of your Father. I know you all loved him and he loved you..hang onto the good memories of younger years as “SUDS” is now at peace with his parents, brothers and Uncle Jim. They are probably playing 45’s by now..God bless you all with his comfort!
Andy, George, Joanne and all other members of John’s family, he will be missed by so many. Cleave to the memories of good times and support each other in these difficult days ahead. The “wood man” has delivered his last load..
Bonnie, Chris Joudrey& family and Ken Dagley
We send our condolences to all John’s family and friends. John was a great guy, always willing to help others. We will always have great memories of him with all the great work he has done for us and Dad over the years. We will miss him forever and he will not be forgotten. He was a distant cousin of our family. We are thinking of you Joanne and all the family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers during this shocking and difficult time. Love Bonnie, Chris, Maury, Briana, Jenna, Kenan, Gia-Mae and Ken Dagley.
BJ, Dori, Dan and John’s family,
I am so sad for all you, and my thoughts are with you as you deal with this big loss in your lives. John was a sweet, kindhearted person, and I will miss John’s smiling face and upbeat personality. Whenever I saw him, I would ask about “the kids”, and he always was so proud when he talked about you – he was a very proud dad.
Heather Cook (your first babysitter in Beach Meadows)
Carolyn & George Parnell
Sending our sincere sympathy to the family; our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Joanne ,I am so very sorry to hear of John’s passing.My sincere condolences.
(Auntie) Heather Pooley
To Shirley, BJ, Dori, Danny and all of John’s family and friends,
I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace and strength in remembering your happy times with him.
Raeanne, Bill, Jacob, Brandan and Cavell
So sorry to hear of your dads passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Sending lots of love your way.
I am so saddened to hear of John’s passing . I will surely miss waiting on him at the Transcotia as he was always a pleasure. My thoughts and prayers are with his family .RIP John
Faye & Norman Levy
We are so very sorry to hear of John’s passing, he is going to be missed by everyone in our community. He always had a wave and a smile. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp
To all of John’s family we send our deepest sympathy in your loss. John was a very giving person and will be missed by many. Let memories you all have of your time with John help you now.
So sorry to hear of john’s passing. It was only yesterday that I was talking to him at Home Hardware.
Always interesting to talk to and very compassionate. Wanting to help someone else.
We have lost a good man and I will really miss him. My condolences to his family and friends.
I was very shocked and very saddened by the news of John’s death today I knew him from work he was a customer of ours he was very liked by all of us as well as anybody who knew him I will greatly miss seeing him and hope that his family can cope with this loss together my prayers and thoughts are with you all rest in peace John
I am sorry to hear about John passing away .
This condolence is on behalf of my co-workers at Home Hardware. To say we are saddened by the news of John’s passing is an understatement. We loved him, his visits always made our days more pleasant to endure. He was a kind man, and always had a funny story to tell. We will miss seeing him, our hearts go out to his family and loved ones.
Joanne, Andy, and families: I am shocked to hear about John’s death. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to all of you. John was a very hard worker, caring person and gave so much of his time to help others. He certainly will be missed. Sincerely, Susan MacLeod
Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett
We are so sorry to hear this sad news. May his family and loved ones find comfort in good memories of John. RIP My Friend. Sincerely Linda & Curtis
Joanne and family,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts. Take care.
i would like to send prayers and thoughts to the family
I’m sorry for your loss. He will always be fondly remembered.
Rodney and Shelley Mansfield
Joanne and family: I worked with John for years …he was my boss at Bowaters. My sincere condolences to the family.
We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our condolences to all of you. He always had a minute for a quick chat in his busy day! He will certainly be missed in this community.
Joanne and Donald Uhlman
Very shocked and saddened …I worked alongside John at Bowaters..While everyone knew he had his own way. He was an extremely likable guy and never failed to crack a joke or a smart remark with a smile.My condolences to his family and friends.
Janet and George Fletcher
We were sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to your family.
Doug nod Tracey Bowers
Sorry to the family seems to be so much hardship lately our deepest east sympathies … We use to rent a place in Beach Meadows from him very easy to get along with great person. Again sorry hugs to the family he will be missed
I am shocked at the passing of john. Not only was he a good landlord, at one time but he was also our friend.He always made me laugh and that’s what I will remember most.To the family, you are all in my prayers, sorry for ur loss.god bless
Sincerest condolences to Joanne and family. Kimberley, Erin and I are deeply saddened to hear this news. Keeping you all in our thoughts.
So very sorry for your loss. John was a very kind man, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of John. My sincere condolences to all his family. Had many interesting chats with John over the years in the mill. He will be missed by many.
I am very surprised and sorry to hear of John’s passing, Having known John for many years, he was one of those caring individuals who has helped so much, and is going to be missed by everyone. My deepest sympathy.is extended to all in his family.
Dennis & Sherri Harrington
Andy and Families,
So very sorry for your loss, Dennis grew up with John and had many great times.We are sending our most sincere condolences to all of you , take care , he will be missed.
Dennis & Sherri
Barb and Brian Fralic
To John’s family,
So sorry to hear about John’s passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
Barb and Brian
Kirk and Donna Whynot
To John’s Family, we were very shocked and saddened to hear about John’s passing. He will be missed by all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. RIP My Friend
Jessica MacKay (Fralic)
Danny and Family
So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I will remember him as a kind man who always wanted to make people around him smile. May you find comfort in your memories of him during this difficult time.
Irving and Jeanette Whynot
To all Johns family ,We were shocked and saddened to hear about John. He was a kind and very caring person .He was always there to lend a helping hand when needed. He will be missed by all who knew him .Our thoughts are with you at this sad time .
I’m so sorry to hear, Dori. My condolences to you and your family.
jackie and ricky mansfield
Joanne and family, so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great guys.
Dear Joanne and family:
I was so very sorry and shocked to hear of John’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle person and always offering a helping hand to anyone who needed it. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Please accept my sincere sympathy.
Take care and may God be with you and comfort you at this difficult time.
Jim & Beulah Mitton
Condolences to all John’s family.
Sincerely Jim & Beulah
Ron & Barb Campbell
BJ, Joanne & Family,
We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We were just chatting with him last week. He was a very nice man. He will be missed!
Vicki and Scott Conrad
Dear Joanne and family,
Scott and I are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great guy and we really appreciated his sense of humour especially in regard to politics. John will be missed by many, please take comfort in your many good memories and take care of yourselves. Thinking of you all at this very sad and difficult time. Vicki and Scott Conrad
Uncle John was always a favourite uncle of ours. So funny, sweet and caring. He was always so happy to see us and to share a funny story, a smile and a hug – even as grown ups coming home to Liverpool every summer. We will miss him very much.
Doug & Dot Winters
Sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
John was a good brother and brother in law to Bub and I. He was always there to help when we needed him. He will always be in my heart. Condolences to BJ, Dori , Danny and Joanne. hang on to your memories of him.
Betty and Bernie and family
Uncle John will be missed by us all. Always had nice things to say to us all and a quick smile. Sorry for your loss, keep close all the good memories.
New John since I was a kid……always full of stories and a little sarcasm 🙂 a great guy.
Always a busy man with a smile, will definitely be missed
Our Condolences to John’s family
I will miss John. He was a good friend and help to me and my family since we were at school together.
Dori , BJ and Dan,
So very sorry to hear that you lost your father.
Jane (Colp) Hansen
To John’s Family
Always fun to talk to John and exchange some wit and walk on smiling. Nice man. My sympathy to his family for your loss.
A friend to many,a kind and generous person,sorry for your loss
Cahy de Rome
So sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing. He certainly kept himself busy helping out many people. I really enjoyed our chats whenever we would bump into each other. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family during this very difficult time.
Angela Morton Roy.
Heartfelt condolences to Johns loved ones. I am shocked as is everyone at this sad news. John and I worked on a property together over the past few years. He was always helpful, accommodating and kind. His presence will be missed.
Kind regards at this sad time. ~Angela~
I was very shocked to hear of John’s passing. He was one of my favorite customers at the Smoke Shop at the Superstore. He always came in to buy his Set For Life tickets.
Brian, Dianne, Nathan and Celine
So sorry to hear Uncle John passed away. He was always so happy and could make anyone laugh so easily. We will always have the good memories and will treasure them.
My thoughts are with the family at this sad time R.I.P John Matthew Whynot.
To the family, So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I knew him for many years at the Mill. John always had time for a chat & a quick smile. My deepest condolences goes out to you all.
What a shock ! To all of John’s family I send Sincere Condolences in your loss. John was always a
busy person helping someone with one chore or another. He will be a great miss to his family and to the community as well.
Take Care and treasure all the good times as they are yours to keep.
Shirley & Paul Shot
John truly will be missed and I hope time and all the great memories you have will bring some sunshine into your life and help comfort you and your family.
Julie Anne Mouzar
My thoughts and prayers are with you Joanne and John’s family at this difficult time. John, was like family to my Mom and Dad and he will be sorely missed by them. Please know I will be thinking of you during this difficult time.
John Townsend & Betty Ann Williams
Our sincere sympathy to Andy and family in your recent loss. Our thoughts are with you all at this most difficult time. John and Betty Ann
John & Nancy Leefe
We are so sorry to learn of John’s passing. We have known each other for many years and were often lunch mates at Transcotia. John was always one to lend a hand to those in need. He certainly will be missed.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of John. My sincere condolences to Joanne and the whole family. Anyone who even briefly chatted with John knew how much wisdom, intuition, and humour he possessed. He had a big heart and will be sorrowfully missed.
Marjorie & Paul F.
So sorry to hear of the sudden passing of John. He was a great help to many people of our community and will be sorely missed. Our sympathy goes out to all of his family.
Zona and Stephen Hatt
To John’s family,
We were shocked to hear of his passing so I doubt it does not seem real to you.. We realize that his passing will not only be felt within your community but through out all of Queens. If others were like him this world we live in would be a much better place. Keep memories close to your heart for that is the one thing death can not take, he will be there forever.
God Bless each of you.
With our condolences
Zona and Stephen
To the Godfrey family, Joanne; My sincere condolences! John was a friend for many years, and will cherish the many discussion we shared. I will miss most his intelligence and sense of humour! May you rest in peace John!
Jane & I were saddened to hear of John’s death. Although I never really knew John that well I always enjoyed the our conversations and political discussions.
He will be greatly missed in our community.
Our most sincere condolences to Joanne and the Godfey family.