John Bonser

John Bonser

Friday, March 1st, 1940 - Thursday, September 10th, 2020
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John W.A. Bonser P.Eng
March 1, 1940 Walsall, England - September 10, 2020 Brockville, Ontario

John William Allen Bonser passed away peacefully at the Brockville General Hospital, Garden Street site, on September 10, 2020 at the age of 80. The beloved husband of 54 years to Joan Angela and loving father of Michael (Vicky) in Ottawa, and Stephen (Angela) in Sydney, Australia and lovingly remembered by his four grandchildren Kai, Luke, Sam, and Sophie. The son of William Allen and Catherine Mary (deceased), John is survived by his brother Michael John Bonser and sisters Catherine Mary Bloxam and Margaret Sue Houston (Ian), all in England and by many nieces and nephews.

John loved life and adventure, coming to Canada in 1965 after obtaining a BSc in Civil Engineering from Leeds University, England in 1962. A passionate environmentalist with a commitment to natural resource stewardship, he quickly found his professional passion joining Parks Canada in 1967 and serving for 30 years in a variety of assignments in Atlantic Canada and Ontario, with a lengthy stint as the Superintendent of the Rideau Canal - a position he loved dearly.

A long time Brockville resident, John served as President or a board member of many tourism and historical organizations, including the Ontario Historical society during its Centennial year. He volunteered his time with many local organizations, and particularly enjoyed sharing his love of French with good friends and enthusiastic classmates. He will be remembered as a loving “Papa”, an avid golfer, a keen cryptic crossword enthusiast, and someone who enjoyed the occasional glass of well-aged scotch with friends.

John will be deeply missed by family and friends. He lived life with honesty, integrity, compassion and respect for others. He loved being part of the Brockville community and always had a kind word or deed for those who needed a helping hand.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 66 Church Street, Brockville on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 10 am followed by interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. Covid protocols and masks are required.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Palliative Care will be gratefully acknowledged.

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"An ordinary man. An extraordinary man"
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  • Service

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church
    66 Church Street
    Brockville, ON K6V 3X6
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  • Interment

    St. Francis Xavier Cemetery
    1530 Lyn Road
    Brockville, Ontario K6V 5T3
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The French Class

Posted at 04:23pm
Joan, our sympathies to you and to John's family at the sad time. We miss you John. Merci.

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Linda Woods

Posted at 11:02am
Joan I just read of John's passing. My condolences to you and the family. May prayers and good memories be with you each day.

Linda Woods

Terry Moran

Posted at 01:12pm
Sorry to hear of John's passing.
A friend and colleague for many years.
All our memories of John are happy ones.
Terry and Mary Moran,

Charlotte Burton

Posted at 04:27pm
We will always have the fondest memories of Great Uncle John and happy times spent together. I always remember him on this day asking who is my boyfriend, what does he do and what are your prospects with my great niece and making everyone laugh with his lovely nature!! He will be greatly missed but I’m thankful he was a wonderful loving brother to our Nanny Cath. Sending all our love to Joan and family xxxx

Charlotte x
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Mick Bonser

Posted at 12:52pm
We remember uncle John as a lovely man with a great sense of humour, big smile and a twinkle in his eye...the tales of him and dad growing up together and the scrapes they used to get in still make us smile now! We send all our thoughts to Joan, Michael and Stephen and their families at this sad time - with all our love from Claire and Helen (Jon & girls too) xxx

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