John Ellis

Rhody Family Funeral Home

John Scott Ellis arrived on December 16, 1958 in Palmerston, Ontario to parents John David and Grace Mabel (West) Ellis. He joined older sister Jackie (1950) and completed the family. The Ellis Family owned a mixed farm in Normanby Township, outside of Clifford. John proved to be an energetic, outgoing little boy. Stories were told of his antics on the electronic horse at the grocery store, and how John used a light bulb to convince his parents he could not go to school because he had a fever. Smart kid! Thankfully he mellowed out with age! :) John attended Normanby Central School in Ayton, and was the valedictorian for his class in Grade 8. He went on to attend John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Hanover. When John was a teenager, the Ellis family moved to Hanover where his father began in the construction industry. By his early teens, John was working alongside his dad on weekends and during the summer months. His love for woodworking and fixing things soon formed, as he learned a great deal from his father during this influential time in his life. It was also during these years that John worked as “the chef” in the kitchen of the Skillet Restaurant at the Zellers store in Hanover. It was here that he was introduced to a young woman by the name of Margaret Biermans. She too worked first as a waitress and then in the kitchen. Who knew then that their lives would reconnect a few years later.

After graduating from high school in 1976, John attended University for a short time before finding his true career path. He enrolled at Conestogo College in the Engineer & Information Technology program and graduated two years later. In 1981 he accepted a job with Allen-Bradley in Kitchener, where he would remain with the company (now Rockwell Automation) for the next 37 years. When he retired in 2018, John was the Canadian Regional Field Quality Leader and was often the go-to guy or “fixer” when there were challenges.

In 1983, John and Margaret's lives reconnected. Margaret purchased a couch from Jackie, John's sister, and he was given the task to deliver it. Let's just say the romance took off from there or as Margaret puts it, "John came with the couch". They were married at St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church in Chesley on September 7, 1985 and called Toronto home. They moved north to Holland Landing in 1986 and began their family, welcoming Michael in 1988. In 1992, they moved to Barrie. Matthew joined the family in 1993, followed by Morgan in 1995. By this time they had filled up all the rooms in their home, leaving a spare room for guests.

When not busy with his career or family, John loved woodworking. Over the years he made a variety of furniture for family and friends. His creativity and skills did not end there. Michael and Matthew recall John building their very first treehouse. There were the trips to the hardware store for supplies, countless hours in the backyard constructing it, and finally the secret entrance. Just what the kids wanted. In later years, John helped Michael with art projects, built a breakfast bar for Matthew and made a variety of furniture pieces for Morgan. These are but a few of the tokens of love he provided for his children.

Margaret and John loved their tropic vacations. As long as it was a warm climate, good food and had a beach to walk on with Margaret, he was all in! When relaxing at home in front of the television John preferred documentaries and the History Channel. However, ever since 9/11 he was drawn to current news. Some might say obsessed. He would often have Global or CNN on as he worked away with his tasks and he never missed the 6 o'clock News or The National nightly. When it came to music, John enjoyed classic rock from the 70's and 80's. He also was an avid reader, but not in the way you might think. He loved researching, and that meant reading everything from his next item on the “To Do” list to his next purchase. If he was going to do or buy something, John always did his homework. You had to be careful of the timing in asking him when to do his research. I was told he was not to be approached before his third coffee (with cream) of the day. He liked barbequing for family and friends, was a notorious snacker and liked his comfort foods. He was reknown for his turkey carving talents and often joked that he was “the chef” in the house. He liked to remind Margaret that it was he, the head chef at the Skillet, who taught her how to cook.

John loved his four-legged companions. First, there was Margaret's cat Chaser (keyword Margaret’s). I am told they didn't always like one another but as the story goes they loved the same woman, so they worked things out! :) John was more of a dog person, and their first dog Shelby was definitely an extension of their family. In 2011, Allie (a Cockapoo) was welcomed to the family. John would always put on a tough front about his affection for the animals, often using phrases like "I didn't want a dog“ or ”you can't love a dog" but he was always the first to sneak them some table treats. In retirement, John and Allie went for a walk daily and really grew to enjoy each other’s company at home.

John was also known to be quite the handyman. He would try his hand at everything. There was no task too big or too small for him to tackle. He was always working on his “To Do” list. Some of his many projects included, deck building, plumbing and electrical, sprinkler installation and so much more. John was meticulous in his research of each subject or product before beginning any task. He was detail-oriented, a perfectionist and successful to a fault. Every task was seen through to the end. His patience and hard work always paid off. Many of these traits can now be seen in John's children, as they picked up these qualities through his teachings.

John was a devoted and loyal family-oriented husband and father, who always showed unconditional love to everyone around him. He was quick to show appreciation to others, enjoyed helping others and was very humble. ‘Gentle John,’ as he was often referred to, was always hands-on and willing to try anything. That could include a new food, a new challenge or simply something he had yet to experience in his life. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, getting down to their level and fully engaging in whatever they were up to! He was a good listener but not an active listener (Margaret's words, not mine!) Sounds like a man thing or maybe a spouse thing! Either way, he was loved and loved those around him unconditionally.

John was just starting to settle into his retirement. He would have been the first to admit, slowing down and living a more relaxed lifestyle was a challenge at first. He and Margaret were looking forward to the next phase of their life together. They were planning to share more time together and further enjoy time with their children, grandchildren, family and friends. Sadly, this was not God's Will as John contracted Covid-19 in March. In the days that followed, John's condition deteriorated until he was hospitalized. He was immediately placed on a ventilator and continued to fight for his life for the next four weeks. Sadly, this battle proved to be too much for his physical body and he passed away, surrounded by his loving family, at Royal Victoria Health Centre on Thursday, April 30, 2020 in his 62nd year.

Beloved husband of Margaret (Biermans). Loving father of Michael, Matthew (Caela Logan), all of Toronto, Morgan (Troy Archer) of Barrie and Emily (Tim) Ciolfi of Burlington. Cherished Papa of Cole and Brook. John will be dearly missed by his sister Jackie Ellis of Barrie as well as his Aunts, cousins, and the entire Biermans’ family. Allie, his four-legged companion will miss their daily walks. John was predeceased by his parents John and Grace (West) Ellis.

The love and support of family and friends are so important at times like these, and even more so when we are not permitted to gather to support one another. Please leave a detailed condolence, or perhaps a favourite story, or a way John touched your life – something to inspire a measure of comfort and hope to all who read these comments. Thank you!

A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 with cremation to follow.

Please consider donations to RVH Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, or your local food bank as a way of honouring John’s life.

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Brandon, Eva, & the Dorey’s
May 8, 2020
“My deepest condolences to the Ellis family in this difficult time. Growing up a childhood friend of Matthews I spent a fair amount of time at the Ellis residence getting to know John (as much as a child/teenager can..haha) John always came across as a true family man/father and always welcomed me into his home. Rest In Peace John!
Jeremy Vallie and family
May 6, 2020
Our condolences Margaret and your family. I’m sadden to hear of your loss and I still remember all of us tobogganing in the dark at the Chesley park. Our deepest sympathy and very sorry for your loss.
Tyler Vallie
May 5, 2020
My deepest sympathy goes out to you, I can't begin to understand what yourself and the boys are going through. I will keep you guys in my thoughts. Once again so sorry
Scott Miller
May 5, 2020
My deepest & sincerest sympathies go out to Margaret & the family! We’ve all lost a very special guy.
I feel very sad right now… just hearing the news about John. He was always very good to me during our 24 years working together at Allen-Bradley (now Rockwell Automation). John was my peer when I first started at A-B. His coaching, teachings, and knowledge (which he freely shared with me whenever I asked), helped me much more than words can express… something he did for my entire time there. Whenever I needed help on something, he was always ready & willing. I remember fondly stopping by John & Margaret’s house several times when they lived in Holland Landing, and having a beer with him, chatting about work stuff I needed his guidance on. He was always there with a smile!
To all of us who were fortunate to know John, and to call him a good friend, we’ve all lost a wonderful person. When I left Rockwell, our paths diverged, and life distancing took over… but I always kept tabs on John just the same… he was someone you knew you always wanted to stay in touch with.
None will miss him more than his family. Based on chats John & I had while away on yet another Rockwell training session… he always spoke very passionately about his family…! From that alone I knew John was a wonderful husband & father by the way he spoke so proudly about them!!!
“John… you’ll always have a special place with me. Thank you for all you did for me… you’re the best! I feel very proud to have been able to call you my friend…. I’m certainly going to miss you.
Shawn MacDonald
May 5, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I met John in May 1997 when I started working in the Richmond Hill office. He was the manager of our Global Technical Services team at the time and really transformed that group. He was always a pleasure to work with in the different roles he had. It wasn't until we were both at a conference in San Diego that I really got to know John personally. Throughout the week we had many conversations where we got to know each other. The years following we continued to work together. John was one who you could always depend on to help you with your customers when things may not have been going well or for some good guidance and advice. He always offered a smile and was a pleasure to work with. My condolences to your family.
Mark Davis and Carolyn Walker
May 5, 2020
To Margaret and family, and the Biermans and Ellis families, We were so sorry to hear about John's illness and passing. Sending our sympathy to all of you at this very difficult time. Mark and Carolyn
John Wilson
May 5, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to the family. John was a true professional and I always enjoyed working with him over the last 20 years. He never lost his cool and always was ready to help. He leaves a lasting legacy of love and a life well lived.
Jeremy Pollard
May 5, 2020
John Ellis .. what can you say about a man who exhibits such passion for anything he does or touches.

I worked with John while I was a specialist up north in Sudbury and I heard about the new kid coming into the Toronto office of Allen Bradley. Jack Thompson was the district manager, and this thing called a PLC was taking the world by storm. We were selling this thing into all kinds of industry and needed the wisdom and commitment from someone outside of the main plant in Cambridge – his name was John.

I moved from Sudbury to man the technology training centre that we set up on Lesmill Road in Don Mills. Memory serves me OK these days .. just ok so I can't remember the first time we met but I’m sure it had something to do with a new-fangled thing called a personal computer! It was 1983 when I relocated and took up residency beside John in the tech area. We also welcomed Scott Miller!!

Hard working would not describe John well enough. His sense of humour grew as we got to know each other. One could have said he was a bit reserved and intense during those formative years.

One of my favourite moments was when he introduced me to a pencil. We all use Pentel lead mechanical pencils which you loaded with lead billets and you used to have to push the button on the top of the pencil to get more lead out to write with.

John had found this new pencil that had a clicker down the barrel where your index finger would reside while writing. With a little ‘click’ more lead would come out and you ‘didn’t have to waste the time’ by moving your thumb up to the top to get more lead.

I stared at him for a bit, then shook my head, smiled, and got a cup of coffee. When I came back he said something to the effect of, ‘You don’t have to stop writing and lose your train of thought!’

Efficiency at its core!! John Ellis didn’t want to waste time.

We always saw each other during the 80s and 90s during trade shows and conferences. We lived in the same city from 1990 but always went to Detroit or Atlanta for a beer. We always thought it was funny.

We reconnected 2 years ago and had lunch for the last time on Feb 18th. That’s where I learned about his commitment to his health because he let me drink alone!

We got caught up, and he was laughing (out loud even!) as we reminisced about a lot of stuff. It was obvious that retirement looked really good on him. His intenseness was replaced with a solid sense of enjoyable just being. But he did eat his salad with efficiency!!!!

He will be missed by many. My heartfelt sympathy to Marg and the kids. Wishing you strength, eternal love, and great memories. I will miss him too! Rest well, my friend.
Paul and Helen Aston
May 5, 2020
We were so saddened to hear of John's death. One always wonders why things happen and why John was taken from you. He had a blessed life, wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. Our hearts go out to you Margaret. May the memories you have stay with you forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Rest in peace John. Love Helen, Paul and family.
Steve Roy
May 4, 2020
I’m so glad I had a chance to know John. I worked with John at Rockwell Automation. He was a special person who will be so sorely missed.
Steve and Angela Batson
May 4, 2020
We have both worked with John over many years at Rockwell Automation. It was a pleasure to work with John over the last quarter century, in his various roles with the company. He was alwaysfriendly, caring and ready to help. We are thankful to have known John and we offer prayers of comfort for the family.
Paul and Marcy Murawsky
May 4, 2020
We were shocked and saddened to hear of John's death. From our family to John's, please accept our condolences.
Jamie Toleff
May 4, 2020
I am very sorry for your loss. I have known and worked with John over 15 years at Rockwell Automation. John was always willing to listen to my thoughts and offer advice to me throughout my career especially as he transitioned his Field Quality Leader role to me in his retirement. It was always a pleasure to talk with John and this did not change into his retirement as we have kept in contact periodically through emails and phone calls. I will miss John and his friendship. I hope these thoughts can help his family through this time of sadness.
Fern Hutchinson & Family
May 4, 2020
Margaret and all the Biermans family,

I am so sorry for your great loss.
Dave and Ingrid with Sierra and Madison Lehman
May 4, 2020
Margaret, Michael, Matt, Morgan and family. Having read some of the condolence notes above we are so encouraged knowing that John was such a consistent man in his love for others. We knew you through the relationship our boys shared. Matt and Brandon were best buds, and the few times I was able to come to the house to pick up Brandon after a sleep over, He ALWAYS had great things to say about John and you Margaret. So, from our family to yours, please know that we feel your loss and the amount of hurt, but we also know in our hearts we will meet John again in Heaven. Our deepest condolences to all of you from us Lehman's
Jack Hancock
May 4, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with John over the years. John was a great mentor and always available to help when called upon.

You will be missed John.
Pamela & DanielBlais
May 4, 2020
Margaret our condolences to you and your family. May you hold on to God's strength in through the loss of John. He was an amazing person. I had the opportunity to work with John the last 10 years of his career. Whenever asked for assistance with an issue he was always more than willing to help. When you asked John you only had to ask once and you knew it would be done. John will be greatly missed.
Steve Lawlor
May 4, 2020
Very sorry to hear about John's passing. First met John as a brand new trainee with Rockwell in 1998, and was lucky enough to get to work with him over the years. My condolences to the family.
Tony Usalis
May 4, 2020
I had the privilege to work with John at Rockwell Automation “Allen-Bradley” for 12 years, he was always a kind, gentle, and patient friend who always took time to help me, provide advice for work, family and life. Even after retirement, he would send me a text to see how my family and farm was doing when Hurricanes we’re hitting my area in North Carolina. I'll never forget how proud he was that he wore the same "Allen-Bradley" belt for his 37 years at Rockwell, your one of a kind, we miss you John!
Tina Shepherd
May 4, 2020
Jackie, Margaret, Micheal, Matthew, Morgan, and Emily,

I am so very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you at this difficult time and hope the memories give you strength. Sending our love and prayers.
Mary Forgione
May 4, 2020
Dear Margaret, Michael, Matthew & Morgan & Ellis family. Please accept our deepest sympathies in the loss of your Beloved husband and father. May God Bless and comfort you all in this sad time. Sending love & prayers from our family.
Amber Blythe
May 4, 2020
Our family has many fond memories of Uncle John, from his easy laugh to joining in to games with the kids.
He always welcomed us family into the Ellis home where we felt safe and loved by all. John has left our earth too soon and will be dearly missed.
Our hearts break for Margaret, Michael, Matthew & Caela, Morgan & Troy, Emily, Tim, Cole & Brook and Jackie Ellis. You have our prayers and virtual hugs through this sorrowful time. Love the Moravskyy family
Kory Kekewich
May 4, 2020
Growing up a few doors down from Matthew and becoming great friends at a young age I had the privilege to know John. Like described above he was always a gentle, warm person who had always made me feel welcomed in their home. You could tell through his children that he was a great dad and through Margaret a loving husband. The Kekewich family sends all of our love and support to the Ellis family. May John Rest in Peace.

Love always, Kory, Nicole, Jack & Scarlett
Bob and Verna Zysk
May 4, 2020
We send our deepest condolences to Margaret and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time.
Bob and Verna Zysk
Mark Girard
May 4, 2020
Lisa and I send our deepest condolences to Margaret and the family. I remember the exact day I met John...February 1st 1999. I started work that day in the same office as John in Richmond Hill. He ended up driving me home to Barrie and we had a good chance to get to know each other. He made a lasting impression on me. It was always a privilege to work with and become friends with John.
Our thoughts are with you
The Girard’s
Greg, Lisa & Elisha Murawsky
May 3, 2020
All our hearts are broken. Looking at the picture of my cousin John and his wonderful smile, I recall that same smile from when I was young and John was just a boy. I will miss our talks at the Ellis reunions. John leaves behind a treasured family, may you all find the comfort you need in each other's arms. Our deepest condolences.
Rick and Joan Denomy
May 3, 2020
Our hearts and prayers go out to you at this very difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
Strba/Murphy Families
May 3, 2020
To Margaret & the entire Biermans/Ellis Families,
We are so sorry for your loss. Treasure the memories.
May 3, 2020
Margaret and family, my heartfelt condolences to you on John's passing during these difficult times. His companionship and warm smile are irreplaceable. May you find comfort knowing that John's suffering is over and he is resting with God.
Robyn Ruffieux
May 3, 2020
I never had the opportunity to meet John, but I feel as though we have crossed paths somehow. As co-workers, Margaret, Martina and I have had many wonderful conversations about our families. Through these conversations, I learned about John's kind and generous nature, his youthful, fun-loving spirit and devotion to his family. I am so sorry for your loss.
"What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us." -Helen Keller
Margaret, my thoughts, love, and prayers are with you and your family.
Daryl Becker
May 3, 2020
I look back fondly at my childhood and growing to adulthood, and the main reason is that John Ellis was my best friend from age 5 until jobs, marriage, mortgages and kids took over our lives. We lived on neighboring farms and were constantly together...playing games, fishing, road hockey, tobogganing, exploring the bush and old abandoned farmhouses, and camping out. We had a fort in the bush, decorated nicely with the now famous Farrah Fawcett poster. We were cool with our banana seat bikes and high handlebars, especially when we could bike into town for a 20 cent pop. John moved off the farm to Hanover at age 14, and we upgraded the bikes to 10 speeds so we could travel 16 miles to get together on weekends, either in Hanover or on the farm. Once we got our driver's licence, the bikes were replaced with motorcycles and snowmobiles, and eventually a car. We also expanded our social circle with our new found mobility, and indulged in such activities important at the time such as chasing girls, going to school dances, parties, drive in movies, the beach, sneaking into hotels, and our favorite - drinking beer. While we both had some wild moments with questionable decisions, we survived. John was an immense help to me getting through some of these moments due his easy going nature, and unquestionable loyalty and generally good sense. I do not recall ever having a major disagreement on anything with John, or at least nothing that couldn't be resolved with a few beers. Eventually we have to grow up, and John did better than most, from college to his career at Rockwell, being an excellent friend, employee, father, and family member. During our adult life, years would sometimes go by before we reconnected, but it was instantaneously like it was when we were kids, the way it should be with the true friends you only make a few times in a lifetime. My last conversation with John was in Feb, a phone call that went more than an hour. We got caught up, and since we were both retired now, even made some plans to get together this summer to relive some prior experiences and create some new ones, benefiting from our increased experience and wisdom that comes from age. It saddens me deeply to know that will not be happening now. My wife Carol and I extend our sincere heartfelt sympathies to Marg and family, and to Jackie. Like the song says, only the good die young.
Love, Ron & Marlene
May 3, 2020
Margaret & Family,

Our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of John. I know you will have many wonderful memories to cherish. We will keep you in our prayers, and I know your strength, faith, and loving family will help you greatly.
Carol & Charlie Vallie
May 3, 2020
Family man, kindhearted, talented, admired, unforgettable, fun-loving, generous, honorable, hardworking and energetic are just a few words that best describe John. Margaret, we hope you feel surrounded by much love. We are privileged that we had the chance to know John and a cherished friend. Praying that you will find comfort in your memories of John and in the knowledge that others are missing him too.
Gillian Borowy
May 3, 2020
Margaret, I'm so sorry to hear of John's passing. I wish I could hug you. Know that you and your beautiful family are in my prayers. Much love.
Beatrix Befort
May 3, 2020
My dearest Margaret. Words fail me; I can only offer you heartfelt condolences.
May God keep you and your family. May you find strength in each other’s arms and hearts during this difficult time. Much love Beatrix
Jane Godin
May 2, 2020
Sorry to hear of John's passing. Many hugs for you from Susan and I. I remember the day you married. It was beautiful. Cherish all the great moments in your life together.
John and Karen Winkels
May 2, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending our sympathy to all of you at this sad time.
MaryAn Blythe, Michael Fisher and Family
May 2, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to the Ellis family. John was a remarkable husband, father, son, friend, brother, brother-in-law and so much more. He will be greatly missed by all. Rest in peace John, much love.
Anthony Mazaris
May 2, 2020
Having grown up with Matt, I had the pleasure to know John since an early age. He always welcomed us into his home and treated us so well. Heaven has gained another angel and John will be dearly missed. Sending my love to the Ellis family.
Jennifer Jeffries
May 2, 2020
Although I have never met John I know he was a loving husband to Margaret and wonderful father to Morgan having heard stories from both. Margaret and Morgan I Hope the wonderful memories you have of your husband and father pull you through the difficult days. May your faith surround you and give you some peace. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Lorna (Ellis) Greenwood
May 2, 2020
I just posted my condolences and then thought to share a funny memory. I can remember talking with Grace when John had his first job, I think it was in the kitchen at Zellers in Hanover. She told me that his first customer ordered a hot dog. John brought it out and I guess he had been so nervous that he forgot to cook it. I'm giggling as I think of this.
Lorna (Ellis) Greenwood
May 2, 2020
I was so glad to have had a good conversation with John at Stuart's funeral. We never did see enough of John but were always very glad for the time we had with him. He will be missed and we know how much his family will miss him. Deepest sympathy from the Greenwoods.
Lisa Logan
May 2, 2020
Sending love and prayers.
Caitlyn and Lisa Logan
Shaun Wolfe
May 2, 2020
Although I never met John I am thinking of memories you, Margaret have shared with me this past year. I’m remembering the photo of you two after seeing....Come from Away I think, and how you looked so great and happy in the picture. Also thinking of the fun you guys had playing Mario, Nintendo and you felt like kids again. Also, the huge surprise you got for your Birthday, where you received a lovely letter of instructions and a wonderful weekend where you discovered how fun it was to not do anything and have others take care of you. I hope you find comfort in all the good times you have shared together and in knowing you have gained another Guardian Angel. Love Martina
Lisa Kovacs
May 2, 2020
John was always smiling and always sweet. Being one of Morgan’s best friend for majority of our lives meant I spent a lot of time at the Ellis residence. It was so lovely going over and always being greeted with smiles and interest in how I was doing by John and Margaret. John was man of few words but was always a comforting presence. I remember John always being so willing and excited to help Morgan with her DIYs and everyday dad duties. Thank you for welcoming me into your home and your family and always putting up and laughing along with whatever shenanigans the girls got up to over the years. He will be greatly missed. I know he will be watching over your beloved family for the rest of their lives. Sending all of our love, strength and support to the Ellis family.
Dave & Judy Spiegl
May 2, 2020
Words can't express the sadness we are feeling with John's passing which came way too soon. We know that you are at peace with God. You were a great husband and father, and a wonderful friend to all who were fortunate enough to have known you. Judy and I feel blessed to have been able to call you friend for almost 40 years and our memories of you and your family will always stay with us. We pray that God will guide your family and give them the strength they need going forward. Our condolences to the entire family. Love Dave & Judy Spiegl and family.
Paul and Nicole Dube
May 2, 2020
Paul and I are so deeply sorry for your loss. We could almost guarantee a chance meeting of John and Margaret every month or so on a “Costco Shopping” outing. We would stand and catch up on our lives and kids’ lives until we almost ran out of time to shop. Will miss his laugh and all around friendliness. Our connection began through our daughters’ friendship, which still remains strong. We are there for you Morgan, and your family. May God bless you and comfort you during this sad time.
Doug and Brenda Calhoun.
May 2, 2020
We are so very sorry to hear this. Hugs to the entire family.
Lisa Cimino
May 2, 2020
Sending much love to your family. Hoping your happy memories carry you through the trying times.
Joe French
May 2, 2020
The world lost an amazing person who will be missed by us all. I was privileged enough to know John since I was just a boy as a neighbour and as the father of one of my best friends, and most of all I wanted to thank him. I want to thank him for always opening his home to me and to thank him for raising an amazing family that I love. He will live on in our hearts, our memories, and through all of his children. Rest in peace, John.

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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. 

Donna Jones-Baldwin

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.

Don MacDermid

Overall I am extremely pleased. Your kind, caring and professional services went above what I expected. All our needs were met satisfactorily and more.

Barbara Aikens

Everything was done so professionally that I don’t think anything else could have been done.

Joy Pitman

You go above and beyond with your services and expertise and compassion.

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.


Your services are respectful, accomodating and very professional. An excellent job done. Thank you.

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

Nathan and staff were kind and helpful throughout the process. They really went above and beyond to make the experience as positive as possible.

Amy Stephen

Everything was great - many great comments made about the story alone on Pearl's life and we sent copies to people who could not attend - a very nice addition.

Family of Pearl Stephen

Our experience was amazing under the circumstances. Your services were perfect. You went above and beyond our expectations. You are very caring, compassionate and professional in your approach. You create a very therapeutic environment.

Elmer Ward

"Dear Nathan, your many caring and creative touches from the notice to the burial in the days following Catharine's (McKeeman) passing meant so much to all of us. You honoured her life in so many meaningful ways. Your compassion and celebration of her life will always be remembered by all those Catharine held dear."

Ian Campbell, Catharine's Brother

“Nathan, you did an absolutely amazing job. People give us compliments about everything from the life story to the beautiful, elaborate displays at the visitation. I tell everyone it was you. All the surprises - the cookies, the recipe cards, the signing picture - all amazing!”

Kim and Alan Grant

“Staff were professional and friendly.”

“Exceptional service.”

Lawrence and Heather Lamarche

“Nathan, you present yourself very well. Facilities were all that could be expected.”

“I would recommend your funeral home to everyone. Nathan’s ability to put you at ease, with a caring attitude is super and very respectful!”

Carol Golem

“We were all very impressed.”

Roberta Godwin

“Dear Nathan - You did a good job. Thank-you for all your help and all the information you obtained for me."

Gloria Albright

“Your sense of humour was a plus! You and your staff clearly have a calling for the work that you do. We all felt that we were in good hands throughout the entire process…. Nathan, thank you for everything. You made things easy for us, as we felt like we were working on Dad’s arrangements with family. We gave Dad a great send off and thank you and your staff for being a part of it.”

Deborah Hart

“Letters cancelling Gov’t services was a great help and was very much appreciated.”

William & Loraine Patterson

“You did everything really well. All needs were met and then some.… We received positive comments on the stationary. Great keep sakes. The book and slideshow were beautiful.”

Elaine King

“We had no concerns- worries, nothing, but confidence in the staff – we knew exactly how everything would happen and when - it was so nice not to have to concern ourselves with anything.”

Rebecca Becker

"I don't think there is anything more you or your staff could do."

Bernice Frook

"No improvement needed. We were pleased with everything."

Susan Taylor

“I would not have changed anything. Thanks very much – Nathan and staff.”

“New renovations are very inviting and warm. All your new cards and books are very heart warming and keepsakes.”

Valerie Long

"Staff were outstanding. Overall, it was great. Everything was perfect."

Susan Laver

“Staff is exceptional!... All needs were met.”

“Service was beyond expectations… Already recommended to various people.”

Steve Thomson

“Could not have been more useful – very satisfied! I would highly recommend Rhody Family. Thank you ever so much for your professionalism and expertise.”

Dave Hillier

“Honestly, you and your staff made this time in my life the best it could be and were extremely helpful, respectful, professional and accommodating to my needs and my family’s needs, especially providing me with a space to feed [my child] if needed. Thank you for everything”

Olivia Strucke

“Everything was perfect; it’s always nice to have lots of options.”

Kevin Dailey

“Thank you for all your empathy, compassion and professionalism. Our family… is very grateful that we chose Rhody Family Funeral Home to look after our loved one.”

Siobhan Bell

“Your services were excellent. Thank you again.”

Debbie Eidt

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