John Green (68) of Kenora, ON, passed away on Friday, July 9th, 2021. After several months of declining health, John died peacefully with his beloved wife Hope and their children at his side.
John was predeceased by his father John Green, his mother Shirlie (Coppard) Foster and step-father Harry Foster, his brothers Brian and Bruce, his Mother and Father-in-law Hugh and Connie Murray, and brother-in-law Richard Murray.
He is survived by his wife (Hope) and his daughters, Amanda (husband Julian, children Leo and Corbin), Kristen (husband Andrew, children Makenna and Scarlett), Meghan (fiancé Shaun, children Jayla and Ethan), his brothers David (Sherry, children Tyler and Riley), Richard (daughter Makayla) and Dan (son Mitch), sister-in-law Brenda (son Kevin) and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Growing up in Kenora, John treasured being out on the lake; camping, fishing, hunting, and boating as often as he could. He loved spending time at his cabin on Pipestone, fussing over the lawn, and relaxing with his family at his favourite place. Ever since he was a teenager, he was also fascinated by racing and tinkering with classic cars. Even with three daughters - the mustang was his favourite child.
He loved all sports and played hockey and baseball from a very young age. When he could no longer play hockey competitively, he turned his passion to refereeing and coaching. In addition to being a highly ranked referee, he was an enthusiastic coach/umpire/referee/league coordinator/chauffeur for his kids. He could always be found helping out at the rink with a whistle or a coffee in hand. As part of a small group of hardworking volunteers, he helped start the Lake of the Woods Girls Hockey League. No matter what sport or activity his kids pursued, John was their coach, mentor, and biggest fan.
John was an accomplished carpenter; he worked for many years at Abitibi Forest products and built lifelong friendships in the carpentry shop through their baseball team, fishing derbies, and golf tournaments. In his early 20s, John met the girl he would spend his life with, and Hope and John were married for 43 years. He used his carpentry skills to build their family home, laying each block and raising each wall with little help. Together, they made a home and shared their lives with their three children.
When first meeting John, he seemed to be quiet and serious. When you got to know him, you would discover his strength, dry humour, and unfaltering devotion to his family. His greatest joy was watching his girls thrive and build their lives.
Thank you to the staff at the Lake of the Woods Hospital, especially Charlene, for her strength, support and quiet guidance through this challenging transition.
To celebrate John's life there will be a Come and Go on Tuesday July 27, 2021, at the Log Cabin in Kenora 1:30 to 4:30. Everyone is welcome. Please share if you know someone who would like to join us.