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We, the family of John, regretfully lost the physical presence of our much loved, husband, father and grandfather. John was born in Kirkland Lake to David and Jenny (Lind). He graduated from Trine University, Angola Indiana in 1959, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Started his career in Elliot Lake, working for Rio Algom at various mines, moved to Garson in 1971 and spent 22 years working at four of the Falconbridge mine sites. This kind, wise, generous man was an avid outdoorsman, loved canoeing, fishing, hunting, skiing, vegetable gardening, and was an accomplished Mr. Fix-it. He travelled extensively throughout his life which included a good part of the country he treasured above all others- CANADA! Left to mourn his loss but lucky beneficiaries of his love, wisdom and knowledge are his beloved spouse of 54 years, Faye (Wilson), his son and daughter-in-law, Bradley and Carrie (Porttila), his daughter and son-in-law Kelly and Chip Richter, four wonderful grandchildren, Lauren and Dawson Oliver, Tia and Brody Richter. Predeceased by his sister Grace Cassel.

5 Condolences

  1. Faye and family – no words to express my deepest sympathies for you and your family – He was a wonderful man and made his mark on all those who associated with him. The world is a better place for having John, he will be missed by many but certainly not forgotten.

    Posted by:Elaine Hull
    February 3, 2018
  2. My sympathies at the loss of John. He was a mentor to me in my long career at Falconbridge, I had great respect for him, his knowledge, his dedication and his sense of fair play. It was a standing joke that we shared the same birthday and love of sugar/raisin pie. Rest In Peace John.

    Al Giroux

    Posted by:Al Giroux
    February 3, 2018
  3. My sincere condolences go out to the Oliver family

    Posted by:margaret carriere
    February 2, 2018
  4. Very sad to hear about Mr. Oliver. I call him that because I lived beside him and Faye growing up in Garson and I always had the upmost respect for him. Mr. Oliver and I spent a lot of good times together, he would hire me to do odd jobs around his house, we would go fishing and I remember even helping him build his garage that one time. I was in Garson about a year ago to check out the old house and was going to knock and say hello but it did not look like anyone was home so I didn’t. Looking back now I should have tried anyway so I could see him again. What a great man and want to send my condolences to Faye, Brad, Kelly and family. RIP

    Posted by:Craig Stevenson
    February 2, 2018
  5. In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend to you my heartfelt condolences.

    Posted by:Matthew Richter
    February 1, 2018

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