John Anthony Nerpin, 70, of Dowling Ontario, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2022 after he lost his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by love with his wife and family by his side.
John spent his life living for his family. He was a miner and proud of what he did, 18 of those years he spent in Manitouwadge. He worked in many different mines and different roles and spent the last 3 years training new miners at NORCAT before he was forced to retire due to his health. When he wasn’t working, he spent another part of his life outdoors. He loved everything to do with it. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. If he wasn’t working or spending time with family, he would be in the bush or on the lake. We used to call Autumn his “holy season” because he was always doing something in the bush. He was the first to volunteer if you needed help and the last to leave.
He was with his wife and partner Joanne for 50 years and almost made 44 years married. She still has the ring that John gave her on her 17th birthday. They were soul mates, and their love and commitment for each other showed wherever they went. He loved his Jo more than his own breath and showed her in his own ways. We will miss hearing those yes dears.
During his life with Jo, he created a family. He leaves behind three beautiful daughters, his girls he would call all of them. John and Joanne showed them how to be strong, independent, compassionate, and he instilled his sense of humor in them. He loved them with every fibre of his being and never once wished for anything different. He took them hunting as babies and showed them how to bait a line. He dressed their Barbies and even tried to do their hair.
Aside from being survived by his wife Joanne and his daughters Ashley (Andre), Stephanie (David) and Stacey (Glen) he leaves behind his granddaughter Kayleigh and his grandsons Matthew & John-Thomas who they have dutifully named Papa – the Man, the Myth, the Legend!
He will be missed by many, his family Carole, Tim (Sally), Jim (Jo-Ann), Edwin, Loretta & Bruce. His mother-in-law Beth who loved him like her own son and his sister-in-law Karen (Jim) & brother-in-law Tom (Hope). Not to mention the many nieces and nephews that are too many to mention, but you know who you are. He will join his parents Bob and Tina in Heaven and be able to join Bruce McKee fishing again. It will be good to know he is there to watch over us. There will be no funeral arrangements as per John’s wishes. There will be a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory can be made directly to the HSN Neo Kids Foundation. The family wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to Dr. Singh and the nursing staff at HSN 6th floor South tower for making the last days of John’s life comfortable and peaceful.