John Dirstein

Rhody Family Funeral Home

John Frederick was born in Elmwood on Monday, January 22, 1945 to parents George and Elsie (Schuknecht) Dirstein. He was the third of six children, with older sisters Marie and Bernice and younger siblings, Dorothy, Herb and Kathryn following him. The Dirstein family resided in Elmwood where John attended public school. 

Rather than enrolling in high school John decided he would head off into the workforce. He soon began at Krug Bros. in Chesley, a position he held for the next 13 years, before a short stint (4 years) at Heirloom.

At the young age of 15, John along with two friends met up with three young women for a night out. One of those young women, Brenda Marlene Nightingale, also 15, attracted John's eye. Their relationship blossomed and the two were married on August 11, 1962 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Elmwood. In time they welcomed their three children and the family settled in Chesley.

John loved the outdoors, especially the warm, summer months. He was forever out in the bush doing what he loved, cutting wood. Apparently, in John's mind at least, you could never cut enough wood! The Dirstein family also enjoyed camping together. Back in the 70's the family started with the basics. In time they found a permanent summer home at Lion's Head Beach Campground. Over the next 35 years they occupied site 3, building and enjoying the friendships created along the way.

John's appreciation of wood was not just seen in the bush, but at work as well. He was very skilled at his craft. Over the years he held the position of Head Sawyer and then later operated the "Gibben" machine at Hanover Kitchens, were he worked for 34 years, until his retirement in 2005.

In his spare time, John enjoyed watching sports on TV, a good game of cards, particularly Caribbean Stud or Euchre, or the occasional scratch ticket. As you can probably tell he wasn't afraid to gamble a bit, and always had fun at the casino! He appreciated the occasional Old Vienna and later Sleeman product. When it came to music, it had to be classic country westerns with "Maple Sugar" being a favourite. And who could forget his four-legged friends! John and Brenda always had a dog around the house. John was particularly fond of German Shepherds, however in recent years their beloved little terrier, Sadie, won over his heart.

John, or Chief as he was sometimes referred to, was a hard working, charming, "gentle" man. He was a great storyteller but also enjoyed just shooting the shit! He had an exceptional memory and in recent years perfected the art of lip reading, due to hearing loss from the workplace. 

Sadly, John's health had declined recently and he passed away at Hanover & District Hospital on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in his 74th year.

Beloved husband of Brenda. John will be missed by his children, grandchildren and his entire extended family, including his four-legged companion Sadie. He was predeceased by his four sisters and parents George and Elsie (Schuknecht) Dirstein.

At John’s request, cremation will take place and there will be no services.

Memorial donations to SickKids Foundation or London Health Sciences Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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John Dow
April 27, 2018
Brenda , sorry for your loss John was a great guy to work with and so much fun . He really was a gentle soul.
Karen Fischer
April 17, 2018
So sorry to hear of Johns passing. my sympathies to you all!!!
Carol M. Jarvis
April 16, 2018
Deepest sympathy to the Dirstein family.
Jamie and Candi Jarvis
April 16, 2018
Thinking of you at this difficult time.
Sandra Grubb
April 16, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. John will be greatly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.
Fuzzy
April 15, 2018
So to hear of your loss we used to have a lot of fun RIP John
Tammy
April 15, 2018
Thinking of you all during this difficult time Brenda, Marlene, Scott, Paul & families.
Enola Mackinnon
April 15, 2018
My heartfelt condolences Brenda and Family. May he rest in paradise...
Anne benoit
April 15, 2018
So very sorry for your loss
Penny and John Crawford
April 15, 2018
So sorry for your loss Brenda and family. Our deepest sympathy to all
Sue Laver
April 14, 2018
So sorry to hear of John's passing. I will sure miss seeing him with his faithful companion driving around Chesley. To Brenda and family my deepest condolences to you all .
Bob and Susan Byers
April 14, 2018
Brenda and family, we were so sorry to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Don Brownlee
April 14, 2018
Brenda and family, so sorry to hear of Johns passing. Fond memories from Hanover Kitchens with you both....
Carol-Ann (Sachs) Beckett
April 14, 2018
Brenda and Family

A leaf in our book of memories is gently turned today.
The sorrow placed upon that page is as fresh as yesterday.
We cannot halt the hand of time or live again the past.
But in our hearts are memories that will forever last.
STAN HOWIE
April 14, 2018
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LOSS
April
April 14, 2018
My deepest sympathy
Carol white
April 14, 2018
So sorry to hear this
Judy McClement
April 14, 2018

So sorry to hear of your loss. Keep your memories close.
Jim & Linda Murray
April 14, 2018
Brenda and family, deepest condolence for your loss. RIP John
Cheryle Schuknecht
April 13, 2018
My sincere condolences to Brenda,Marlene, Paul,Scott and families. From your cousins Cheryle and Judy Schuknecht
Brenda & Dave Hamel
April 13, 2018
Brenda and family, so sorry for loss
Jim and Yvonne Witzke
April 13, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to Brenda and the family. Our prayers are with you at this time.
Jeanette & Francis Williams
April 13, 2018
• May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss.
Lorretta mason and family
April 13, 2018
You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Remembering all the great memories of you all we have. RIP John God bless

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