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John (Jack) Joseph Robert Stringer

August 26, 1920 - October 24, 2020

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John (Jack) Joseph Robert Stringer

With family at his side, John passed away peacefully from natural causes at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in his 101st year.

John was the epitome of what we call “the strong silent type”. He was a true gentleman who lived by a code that he never abandoned. That code included patience and compassion; sensitivity and humility; an ability to listen and be attentive to others. Friends and family will miss his support, wisdom and gentle counsel but are all better people from having known him.

John was born in Egham, England and emigrated to Canada with his parents Esther and Joseph Stringer in 1921. Younger brothers Kenneth (predeceased) and Grenville were born in Canada. He spent his childhood in Eganville, Ontario where he developed a love of the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

John married Regina Marie Alischer in 1948. They had three children Stuart (Carol) of Angus, Bruce (predeceased) and Karen (Bruce) of Cobourg. Grandchildren Steven (predeceased), Tammie (Leonard), Alison (Brad) and Graeme and great grandchildren Kirstin and Curtis will miss the positive memories and times shared with their Papa.

John had a distinguished 35 year military career. After joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1940, he was promptly shipped overseas. During World War II, he proudly served in Britain, Algeria, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Canada. He also served in 1952 during the Korean Conflict. John acted as an instructor and retired as Chief Warrant Officer from Base Borden in 1975. A relationship with the military continued for the next ten years as John managed the CANEX service stations on the Base.

In 2017, at the age of 97, John travelled with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to France to mark the 75th anniversary of Dieppe. This was an emotional and meaningful experience for him.

The family would like to acknowledge the staff at Woods Park Care Centre for the dedication, loving care and compassion John received during his time there, especially during this particularly challenging year.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Legion Poppy Fund (Barrie), Woods Park Care Centre (Barrie) or Royal Victoria Hospital. Messages of condolence may be forwarded to the family through