Whitteker, John

John’s life was taken abruptly on Jan 17, 2021 in a tragic snowmobile accident. He was so very dearly loved and cherished by his wife Tina Whitteker and daughters Jennifer Lamarche, Victoria Romanyszyn, Lisa Romanyszyn, and also Andre Lamarche, who was not only a son-in-law married to Jenny but was a best friend he especially loved snowmobiling with, loved by their children and beautiful grandchildren Blake and Aila, and Jake Barclay his future son-in-law marrying Vicky this year was also a great friend. John and Tina truly appreciated the joy and dream of living on the lake where John especially relished his roll of captain of his pontoon and speed boats making and sharing many wonderful memories with all who came aboard. He also loved being so close to nature in our backyard and admiring and pointing out lake wildlife swimming by including even a mink, or flying by, and he knew every name of every duck and bird species that stopped by for a visit. He and his family also loved spending weekends downhill skiing together and taught anyone who wanted to join in. John brought so much joy to so many lives. He was always very happy to share his wisdom of doing right and his knowledge of just about everything. He was a great ‘Chief Henri’ able to barbecue the perfect steak individualized for all his guests he treated like royalty. He had every tool and could help lend a hand fixing everything and teaching those who asked to learn and building anything including wooden canoes by hand. John was also so loved and will be sadly missed by his thoughtful and generous mother Pierrette Whitteker (late father Sheldon) and Carl Sedore and family, and sister Cindy and husband Tom and daughters Taylor and Maddison and Uncle Paul. Even though John’s mother “Momma P.” lived a distance away, communications through cell commenced daily with a ‘ding’ at 7am ‘Good morning son, wishing you a sunny day” The bond and love was like no other between John and his mom.  Also John will be sadly missed from their closest friends in John’s hometown of Picton: Melody, Jim Young, families of Bill and Furn Stone, Walter and Margerie Dreschler, Don and Pat Stanton Sr, Ken and Wanda O’Neil, Dulmage, Sheila Parks, Mary Tammel. John’s in-laws Carla and Fred Tourigny loved John’s generous heart and love for playing cards and appreciated his helpful, positive demeanour and conveyed numerous times they could not have ask for a kinder son-in-law. Together as a family, time was also enjoyed living life to its fullest including with family and friends from London, his brother-in-law Chuck Nelson, wife Heather Nelson, their daughter Dagmar Nelson, and her son Talan, and also with the gang in Ottawa, brother-in-law Rick Nelson, his wife Val Nelson and their loving children David Nelson, Andy Nelson, wife Fiona Nelson and their son Hayden, and Jessie Brazeau, her husband Peter Brazeau and their son Benjamin. John took great pride in his work and was respected in his field achieving many accomplishments with each company he worked for including most recently Bestech who he really enjoyed being a part of their family-oriented team. Amongst others throughout the years John shared a very special respect and friendship with Steve Langille. He was a passionate fisherman and an avid hunter equipped with all the gear to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons spending time with not only his family but his best friends. Pete Hakala and John just this past summer fished on the Island where John reeled in the largest rainbow trout, he ever caught which landed him one of his greatest joys, amongst the many other times spent hunting variety of game and hanging out laughing in sync with each other in one of their man caves or while making wine. Larry Tulloch another best friend spent numerous hours throughout the years through all seasons also fishing and hunting and working on vehicles and laughing and enjoying each other’s company as often as they could. Mike Johnston also had a very close bond with whom spent hours fishing, motorcycling, taking saunas and jumping in the lake and just enjoying life wherever they hung out. Together with Mike’s daughter Sydney great times on the lake with our family were shared bringing great joy to all. John always said when it was his time to go, he wanted to be doing something he loved and to not suffer. He did leave this world as he would have wanted however way too young, too soon. His kindness, intelligence, generosity, humour, and love will be immensely missed by all who were lucky to have known him and his heart of gold will never be forgotten. John will continue to guide and help us now as an Angel up in heaven as he did on earth. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no service. According to John’s wishes, cremation has taken place and memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Eye Institute, or the Children’s Hospital. Still in disbelief, my love, my Superman, my Prince, my Tiger, my Rock, my EVERYTHING is no longer here leaving a great emptiness like no other, but my love for you, my husband, will always remain and our great life we shared, and memories will live on in all of us.

12 Condolences

  1. Dear Tina and Family,

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. It’s still hard to believe he’s gone. John was always full of great stories, be it from the previous weekend, stories growing up, or the latest hunting adventure. I’ll always remember John for his one-of-a-kind mind…if you had a mechanical problem that no one else could fix, John wasn’t shy to tackle it with his outside-the-box ideas.

    Beyond the regular work week, I recall fond memories playing hockey, duck hunting, and spending time on the water with John, Tina, and friends after dragon boat weekends.

    John was a good man with a grip that could bring a man to his knees but a gentle soul.

    My sincerest condolences for your loss.

    By: Brent Robitaille
    February 9, 2021
  2. Pierrette, I am so sorry to read of John’s sudden death. My condolences to you and your family.
    Sandy Hansen

    By: Sandra E Hansen
    February 4, 2021
  3. I’m deeply saddened knowing I’ll never see John again. He was such a generous and thoughtful guy. Always there to help out or lend an ear. I really enjoyed my long talks with John at work over the years. We were there for each-other in good times and in bad. And it didn’t matter what the conversation was about, I’d always end up learning something new. He really did enjoy teaching others. John was a great guy and will be missed dearly. One comforting thought is that he was happy. And that’s thanks to Tina. She was exactly what John needed in his life and my deepest condolences go out to her and the family.

    By: Kevin Bouffard
    February 2, 2021
  4. Oh Pierrette, we are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sherry and Mike

    By: Mike Roy and Sherry Tait
    January 31, 2021
  5. To the Whitteker family, What a shock to read of your passing in the Picton Gazette this morning. We did not grow up as close cousins, & we seldom saw each other. Our bond growing up was our grandparent’s farm where we would meet up most times @ Christmas time. I remember the last time we saw each other, it was our Grandmothers funeral, and you seemed a very happy young man with your daughters by your side. Rest in peace John, your cousins, Francine of Picton, ON, Louise of Greely, On, & Denis of Russell, ON.

    By: Francine Fortin
    January 29, 2021
  6. I was shocked and saddened to hear about John. I can only imagine how devastated and heartbroken you are. I know how much you love John, and John loved you. I remember so well when you first met him. It was pretty obvious that you two were destined to be together. You really complemented each other. I will always remember John as being loving and kind and generous and full of life. And although John has left you far too soon, I hope the memories of your time together and your deep love for John will nourish you and bring you comfort.
    Thinking of you. Sending love and light and prayers.
    Marlene

    By: Marlene
    January 27, 2021
  7. To Vicky and your beautiful family – I am sorry for this unimaginable loss. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Xo

    By: Emily
    January 25, 2021
  8. Tina,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. John was an amazing man. He was so kind, fun, smart and engaging. Although I only knew him for a few years – I always enjoyed the time I got to spend with him. Talan really enjoyed learning how to fish with him this summer and it breaks my heart he’s no longer here. He really did seem to live each moment to the fullest and always with a genuine smile. He was a good man. My thoughts are with you, the girls and Andre during this trying time.

    By: Dave
    January 25, 2021
  9. Dear Tina and Family,
    We were saddened to hear this shocking news. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love Melanie, Larry, Megan and Mackenzie

    By: Melanie Tourigny
    January 25, 2021
  10. My heart aches for you all. May you find the strength by bringing those you love closer. My deepest condolences to all family and friends.

    By: Josee
    January 25, 2021
  11. Dear Tina and family,
    My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. He was such a kind and thoughtful man. Please know that our thoughts are with you.
    Tania, Éile and Meallá

    By: Tania
    January 25, 2021
  12. What a tremendous loss of a beautiful soul! John was special to all who knew him well…
    generous in spirit, he took the time to share his passions;
    warmth through caring, John wanted the best for everyone he loved;
    and values in character, good from bad – right from wrong, honour who you are.
    And vitaly, he loved Tina!
    This is our brother-in-law and friend we will miss; his spirit will live forever!

    By: Charles and Heather Nelson
    January 25, 2021

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