Loving husband of Brenda (nee Corr) Arthurs for 55 years; father to Angela, Paul and Christopher; father-in-law to Mark and Michele; grandfather to Rory, Luke (Tess), Cole (Tegan), Emily, Hannah (Matt), Jonathan, Colin, Phoebe, Cole and Lauren.
Survived by brothers Jim (Lily) and Raymond (Valerie) in England.
Pre-deceased by siblings Father Austin, Winifred, Pauline (Frank), Mary (Vincent) and Joan.
Also mourned by his extended family in England, Australia and Canada, including Ged and Betty Carr, Rose Delaney, and family friend Elaine Vandewalker.
John retired in 1998 with over 30 years as a devoted teacher in Catholic education. An avid photographer of landscapes and nature, healso documented weddings, group portraits and family events.
A dedicated do-it-yourselfer who enjoyed woodworking and gardening. His family looked forward to a beautiful display of flowers in spring.
A reader and a traveller, John went with Brenda to Newfoundland, Alaska, the Southern US, and the Holy Land, and visited England many times.
He volunteered at ST. GERTRUDE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH for mass and marriage preparation courses.
John was very proud of his grandchildren, and loved attending graduations (with camera in tow).
John was out for dinner with family on Friday night, October 19th, then suffered a stroke Saturday morning and went to hospital.
He had great care from the Emergency department and the Integrated Stroke Unit at Oshawa General Hospital.
Visitation will be on Tuesday October 30th at ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME, on King Street from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Funeral Mass will be at ST. GERTRUDE’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 690 King St E, Oshawa, on Wednesday October 31st at 10 am, followed by a reception downstairs in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Heart and Stroke, Ride to Conquer Cancer or the CHARITY of your choice may be made.