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Aylesworth, John W., Ph. D

Passed away on his 96th birthday, June 29, 2013 at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital.  Beloved husband to Jean (nee Monk) for 65 years.  Loving father to Stuart (Sharron), Margaret (Scott) Seyler, Catharine (Gerald) Guilbeault, Mary Ellen (Ken) Ball.  Cherished grandpa of 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  Predeceased by his sister Ruth (Lloyd) Quick and his five brothers Robert, Arthur (Edith), Albert (Louise), Perry (Bertha, Jan, Iris) and Wilbert (Naomi) and predeceased by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wilbur (Gwen) Monk, Ruth (Lyle) Snider, Lillian (Gordon) Shelby, Robert (Jean) Monk.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.  John was a graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College (Guelph) and the University of Minnesota where he studied plant genetics.  He worked for many years for Agriculture Canada in the Woodslee and Harrow area.  Following his retirement he became the founder and president of Gen-Tec Seeds.  John served as a pilot during WWII, was Past President of the Essex Rotary Club, Past President of A.I.C. (Southwestern Ontario), past member of the Air Force Club of Windsor.  Following John’s wishes a Private Family Service will be held.  If you wish to donate in John’s memory the family has asked that donations be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  Family & Friends may share their memories of John at

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