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Godfrey; John Arthur

Posted By Obits On October 27, 2015 @ 4:59 pm In Obituaries | 67 Comments


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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Condolence from dennis white on October 27th, 2015 5:13 pm

Sorry to read about John,,Talked to him frequently at Bowater,,,Even worked on several of his renos ,,Sad.

Condolence from BRENDA LAWRENCE /JIM HUBLEY on October 27th, 2015 5:51 pm

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 ……….

Condolence from Shirley and Paul Neals on October 27th, 2015 6:04 pm

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..

Condolence from Bonnie, Chris Joudrey& family and Ken Dagley on October 27th, 2015 6:40 pm

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.

Condolence from Heather Cook on October 27th, 2015 6:54 pm

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)

Condolence from Carolyn & George Parnell on October 27th, 2015 7:26 pm

Sending our sincere sympathy to the family; our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Perry Potter on October 27th, 2015 7:46 pm

Joanne ,I am so very sorry to hear of John’s passing.My sincere condolences.

Condolence from (Auntie) Heather Pooley on October 27th, 2015 8:44 pm

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.

Condolence from Raeanne, Bill, Jacob, Brandan and Cavell on October 27th, 2015 8:47 pm

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.

Condolence from Danielle Booth on October 27th, 2015 8:56 pm

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

Condolence from Faye & Norman Levy on October 27th, 2015 8:57 pm

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.

Condolence from Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp on October 27th, 2015 9:01 pm

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.

Condolence from Don Mackenzie on October 27th, 2015 9:11 pm

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.

Condolence from heidi malone on October 27th, 2015 9:44 pm

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

Condolence from Wanda Horton on October 27th, 2015 11:21 pm

Dear Joanne
I am sorry to hear about John passing away .

Condolence from Pam Foley on October 28th, 2015 6:47 am

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.

Condolence from Susan MacLeod on October 28th, 2015 7:12 am

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

Condolence from Curtis & Linda Leslie Maillett on October 28th, 2015 7:18 am

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

Condolence from Shawna Beck on October 28th, 2015 7:44 am

Joanne and family,

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts. Take care.

Condolence from david leblanc on October 28th, 2015 8:28 am

i would like to send prayers and thoughts to the family

Condolence from Tricia MacDonald on October 28th, 2015 8:34 am

I’m sorry for your loss. He will always be fondly remembered.

Condolence from Rodney and Shelley Mansfield on October 28th, 2015 8:47 am

Joanne and family: I worked with John for years …he was my boss at Bowaters. My sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Joanne Uhlman on October 28th, 2015 8:58 am

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

Condolence from kenny veinot on October 28th, 2015 8:59 am

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.

Condolence from Janet and George Fletcher on October 28th, 2015 9:28 am

We were sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to your family.

Condolence from Doug nod Tracey Bowers on October 28th, 2015 9:28 am

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

Condolence from Michelle clattenburg on October 28th, 2015 9:31 am

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

Condolence from Dale Saulnier on October 28th, 2015 10:35 am

Sincerest condolences to Joanne and family. Kimberley, Erin and I are deeply saddened to hear this news. Keeping you all in our thoughts.

Condolence from Mary Keough on October 28th, 2015 11:19 am

So very sorry for your loss. John was a very kind man, always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

Condolence from Ernie Mckinnon on October 28th, 2015 11:30 am

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.

Condolence from David Dagley on October 28th, 2015 11:56 am

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.

Condolence from Dennis & Sherri Harrington on October 28th, 2015 1:04 pm

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.
Sincerely ,
Dennis & Sherri

Condolence from Barb and Brian Fralic on October 28th, 2015 1:04 pm

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

Condolence from Kirk and Donna Whynot on October 28th, 2015 1:08 pm

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

Condolence from Jessica MacKay (Fralic) on October 28th, 2015 1:16 pm

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.

Condolence from Irving and Jeanette Whynot on October 28th, 2015 1:47 pm

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 .

Condolence from Erin Page on October 28th, 2015 3:34 pm

I’m so sorry to hear, Dori. My condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from jackie and ricky mansfield on October 28th, 2015 4:56 pm

Joanne and family, so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great guys.

Condolence from Jean Strum on October 28th, 2015 5:01 pm

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.

Condolence from Jim & Beulah Mitton on October 28th, 2015 6:07 pm

Condolences to all John’s family.
Sincerely Jim & Beulah

Condolence from Ron & Barb Campbell on October 28th, 2015 6:39 pm

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!

Condolence from Vicki and Scott Conrad on October 28th, 2015 8:08 pm

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

Condolence from Ann Godfrey on October 28th, 2015 8:44 pm

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.

Condolence from Doug & Dot Winters on October 28th, 2015 8:54 pm

Sorry to hear about John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Margie on October 28th, 2015 9:12 pm

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.

Condolence from Betty and Bernie and family on October 28th, 2015 9:14 pm

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.

Condolence from Kendell Colp on October 28th, 2015 11:40 pm

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

Condolence from penny dexter on October 29th, 2015 12:06 am

I will miss John. He was a good friend and help to me and my family since we were at school together.

Condolence from Salina Dewar on October 29th, 2015 3:53 am

Dori , BJ and Dan,

So very sorry to hear that you lost your father.


Condolence from Jane (Colp) Hansen on October 29th, 2015 9:39 am

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.

Condolence from Rodney Clattenburg on October 29th, 2015 9:52 am

A friend to many,a kind and generous person,sorry for your loss


Condolence from Cahy de Rome on October 29th, 2015 12:54 pm

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.

Condolence from Angela Morton Roy. on October 29th, 2015 3:18 pm

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~

Condolence from susan verge on October 29th, 2015 8:38 pm

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.

Condolence from Brian, Dianne, Nathan and Celine on October 29th, 2015 8:46 pm

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.

Condolence from Matthew on October 29th, 2015 9:07 pm

My thoughts are with the family at this sad time R.I.P John Matthew Whynot.

Condolence from Jim Peach on October 30th, 2015 12:07 am

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.

Condolence from Bea DeLong on October 30th, 2015 9:23 am

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.

Condolence from Shirley & Paul Shot on October 31st, 2015 8:28 am

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.

Condolence from Julie Anne Mouzar on October 31st, 2015 1:02 pm

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.

Condolence from John Townsend & Betty Ann Williams on November 1st, 2015 1:29 pm

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

Condolence from John & Nancy Leefe on November 3rd, 2015 10:20 am

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.

Condolence from Shawn Stryker on November 3rd, 2015 12:33 pm

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.

Condolence from Marjorie & Paul F. on November 3rd, 2015 6:17 pm

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.

Condolence from Zona and Stephen Hatt on November 6th, 2015 6:37 pm

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

Condolence from Lorne Wilson on November 12th, 2015 9:47 am

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!

Condolence from Vaughn Mullen on December 4th, 2015 10:35 am

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.

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