John Nightingale

Rhody Family Funeral Home

John Brian was born on September 7, 1948 in Palmerston, Ontario to Robert Craig and Grace "Reta" Louisa (Williams) Nightingale. He was an only child and the Nightingale family soon moved to the Chesley area were John attended public and high school.

Following school, John began working for his dad. Nightingale Lumber was a lumber and coal company where John worked hand and hand with his father until his dad's sudden death. During this time John met and eventually married Norma Friest, the year was 1970. Together they welcomed Wanda later that year, Wendy in 1972, Kim in 1974 and Chris in 1976. Sadly their union was not meant to be and they went their separate ways in 1978 whereby John moved to Owen Sound. He soon began working at Timber Mart and later moved on to Cashway. It was during this time that he met Sharon Sprung. The couple spent several years together before Sharon passed away suddenly.

In John's spare time he enjoyed life as a drummer. In fact, he spent 55 plus years of his life involved with and participating in bands. He was probably best known for his involvement with the band, Notorious but was also a member of the Chesley Citizen's Band for 42 years. John also enjoyed playing baseball in his youth, was involved with the Rotary Club and a train enthusiast. If it had anything to do with a train, John was definitely interested. To be honest John never really cared for anything new, but instead treasured anything that was aged. It could have been an old steam engine, an old car or an old movie, particularly Westerns. If it was old, John usually liked it.

On March 5, 1998 John offered one Vivian Davidson a ride home after a night out. As fate would have it they were meant to be and their relationship began to flourish. It was during this period that John enjoyed delivering phone books and newspapers within Owen Sound and area. His family joked that it was his love of back road drives that gave him the drive to take this job in the first place! John's passion for driving also meant he was a huge stock car racing fan. In fact, on numerous occasions John drove to Flamboro or Sauble Speedway to watch races. John finished up his working career with Home & Community Services in Owen Sound.

John also loved his pets. Did he have a favourite? I'd say "no" but if he or Vivian wanted or saw something they liked they got it. Over the years he owned dogs, cats, bunnies, fish, finches, budgies and a love bird, just to name a few! He loved the colour purple, enjoyed the TV show MASH and had an eclectic taste in music. When it came to food, John had a definite sweet tooth and a particular fondness for chocolate milk.

John was a kind, gentle man, who was known to be a little stubborn at times. :) He was very much family oriented, had a good sense of humour, often being referred to as a "smart ass" or "joker." He was easy going, laid back and would help out anyone if he was able. All of these traits and characteristics have been passed back to his children and grandchildren in one way or another.

In 2014, Vivian and John relocated to Chesley, after spending the previous 35 years in Owen Sound. Sadly, here John's health began to decline. To be honest, he never let his health issues keep him down and he made the best of every day. Unfortunately, John passed away at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in his 70th year.

Beloved companion and best friend of Vivian Davidson. Cherished father of Wanda (Troy) Landry of Guelph, Wendy Dennie, Kim Nightingale both of Hanover and Chris Nightingale of Guelph. John will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Lisa, Alyssa, Jessica, Danielle, Jennifer, Courtney, Dylan and their families. He will be fondly remembered by Vivian’s children, William, Kelly, Justin, Adam, Stephen and their families. John was predeceased by his parents Craig and Reta (Williams) Nightingale

At John’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be no further services

Memorial donations to The War Amps or Diabetes Canada would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Brenda Hamel
May 30, 2018
My condolences to John's family. He was my baseball coach for many years and then his band played at our Wedding Reception in 1983. RIP John
Susan Galbraith
May 28, 2018
My deepest sympathy to one and all at the passing of John. May the lord watch over you all in your time of grief.
Kevin and Dorothy Cutting
May 28, 2018
we are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing....we loved him like a brother...he meant so much to us that we can't begin to tell you...we have lots of fond and laughable memories of him that we would be happy to share with you if you ever feel the need....our thoughts are with all of you...may your memories of him bring a smile to your lips and a tear in your you John
Don Doyle
May 28, 2018
Sorry to hear john passed away. We played in a band way back in the 70s. John was a very good drummer. You'll always be with me john.
Carol M. Jarvis
May 28, 2018
Deepest sympathy on the passing of John.
Glenys Johnson
May 28, 2018
Sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away Wendy. Please extend my deepest sympathy to all of the members of your family. You are all in my prayers.

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There was nothing that could have been improved. (Except the weather!) The prices were reasonable, especially with the services provided. Thank you so very much. With such a large family, everyone was very pleased on professionalism and presentation.

Terrilea Fidler

I don’t think there is anything more you could have done. Everything was so professionally done, in our experience. I don’t know any place that goes the extra mile to help families accommodate their needs. Nothing could have been improved. We could not have been more satisfied.

Reta Steward

It felt as if you had met and knew John! All of us agreed that John would have approved. Many friends commented on how lovely the service was and how it suited John.

Cathie Stauffer

I really can’t think of anything you could have done to better improve our experience. The only other funeral that I helped arrange was for my father, and at that time I didn’t get the same sense of professionalism or sympathy. Nathan was willing to accept our suggestions, and also to “take the lead” in showing us the next step and what was expected, even to putting details of the funeral into my computer!

Martie Dorland

You did a wonderful job from start to finish. I can’t think of anything you need to improve on. Great job! Helping us to wade through the government forms was great! Saved us a lot of anxiety. We will definitely recommend your funeral home. Wonderful service with kind and caring staff. 

Carol Ryan

I don’t see how you can improve exceptional services. Whatever was necessary on your part to provide was done without question. You eliminated much paperwork and guided us through a painful process with empathy and professionalism. 

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I feel the professional quality of services my family received was second to none.

Kim Moylan

Nathan, I can’t tell you how much your care and support has meant to my whole family. You obviously take great pride in the service you provide. I can’t think of anything you could have done to help us more. You, your mom and Terri-Ann make an excellent team. I had so many compliments on the set up and the service. I sing your praises to everyone who asks. Keep up the fantastic work.

Ruth Stephen and family

It was exceptional how Nathan opened our hearts and minds to give info; then transferred into so many ‘on target’ ways. Also very comforting and understanding to us all. Many comments, impressed, liked all that was done, respectful family-like atmosphere at all times. Especially kind to young members of family as well. Above and totally beyond expectation – Thanks.

Mary Harrison

What one thing could we have done better to improve your experience?
Nothing, we were very happy with services and support provided to our family. Well done. We really appreciated everything that was done for us and how well it was done.

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Joy Pitman

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Judy Charlton

You have succeeded in taking the sadness out of a funeral and made it into a celebration of life and remembrance, which we truly appreciated... Continue doing what you did for us. It was exceptional in every regard.

Marlowe Emke

Our law office often has had many estates involving families who have obtained funeral services from Nathan. He is regarded by my staff and myself as outstanding for his professional, pleasant, and efficient manner. We would highly recommend Rhody Family Funeral Home to anyone.

Ross McLean, McLean Lawyers

Dear Nathan, I cannot say thank you enough for everything you and the rest of the Rhody Family Funeral Home team done for our family with Mom's passing. From the moment you got to Mom's house your professionalism was second to none. You listened and read between the lines yet missed nothing, every little touch was simply perfect, you left nothing undone, your care and compassion to ensure our family made Mom proud one more time, and for that I am forever grateful. You took a very difficult time for us and made it as simple and stress free for us as humanly possible. Nathan you should be very proud of yourself and the rest of your team. You have definitely set the bar very high for any other funeral home in the province to follow. Again thank you

Sincerely, Deb and Doug

Nathan: Thank you so very much for all that you have done for my Mom and my family. Your friendship during this difficult time was truly heartfelt. You made us feel welcome and like a part of your family. The whole time we spoke both at the nursing home and then at your place was a very peaceful experience. Not once were we made to feel like we did not belong there. Your attention to detail in everything that all of us said shows in the story of my Dad’s life and the video. Where there were concerns, you set them all at ease. I so appreciate all that you did for my Mom in helping her take care of cancellations and notifications for my Dad. It set her mind at ease knowing that you were taking care of all of this for her. It set me at ease knowing that she would not have to deal with the frustrations that sometimes come in taking care of these things. You and your family have gone above and beyond in all that you have done for us and I am truly thankful. The warmth and caring went home with us that day. We knew that the right choice had been made in allowing you to take care of my Dad. Again, thank you.


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Darren Goodayle

Our aunt & uncle were buried from a different funeral home and we noticed a huge difference in the funeral home services provided. Our mom and dad looked so natural (thank you!) while our aunt and uncle did not. Thank you Nathan, we can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate you and your staff this year!

Ann Legge, Patricia Tibbo & Jane Lembke

All the worlds a stage and all the men and women merely players." Rhody Family Funeral Home takes this and runs with it in an intricate and tasteful manner. The beautiful funeral home sets the stage to reflect the deceased's individual personality. Nathan's artistic ability is only surpassed by his compassion, sincerity and understanding. He goes above and beyond the required duties. His staff is second to none. Darlene Rhody soft spoken and sympathetic and Morris Emke gentlemanly and obliging. Pastor Terri-Ann is like no other with her comforting words of wisdom and encouragement and so compassionate. Her service was nothing short of beautiful. A very heartfelt thank you to Nathan and his staff for making an unpleasant experience bearable. And hats off to Rhody Family funeral home for sending dad -Ross Hammond off in the fashion he deserved. From my mom and my siblings our sincerest gratitude.

Nancy Nickel

Personnel, facilities, advise & support all exceeded our expectations - it helped to communicate details by email. In particular, both Nathan and Terri-Ann did an excellent job! I was surpised at the after service documentation - all details well organized.

Larry Bell

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Amy Stephen

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Elmer Ward

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Ian Campbell, Catharine's Brother

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“Exceptional service.”

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Carol Golem

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Gloria Albright

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Deborah Hart

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William & Loraine Patterson

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Elaine King

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Rebecca Becker

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