FUTCHER, John E. “Johnny”, of R.R.#1, St. Thomas, passed away at the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital on Sunday, January 26, 2014. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Jean (nee Markle) Futcher (Apr. 20, 2013). Dearly loved father of Jay Futcher (Lorrie) of Middlemarch, Mary Anne McMullen (Roger) of Port Stanley, and Mark Futcher (Libby) of Lake Forest, Illinois. Proud grandpa of Brooke (Marcel), Becky (Gerry), Laurel (Chris), Graham, Carrie, Emma and Charlotte and great grandpa of Peyton. Dear brother of Isabel Martin (late Julien “Jud”) of R.R.#1, St. Thomas, Robin Jeffrey (Roy) of Belleville, and Allison H. “Al” Futcher (late Kate) of R.R.#1, St. Thomas. Also fondly remembered by several nieces and nephews. Born in Southwold Twp., ON, Feb. 21, 1926, he was the son of the late J. R. and Dorothy (nee Horton) Futcher. John was an outdoorsman and a sports enthusiast who excelled at the games of baseball, golf, bowling and horseshoes. His work life took him from the gold mines of Kirkland Lake to a term as Parks & Recreation supervisor in St. Thomas, to manager of MacLean Grain, before returning to farm with his father and brother in Middlemarch. John’s memberships and interests included the Elgin Hunt Club (Pickerel River), the Southwold School Planning Committee, Pleasant Valley Golf Club and the Kettle Valley Pioneers through which he organized the historical display at the 1985 International Plowing Match. Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Wednesday evening, January 29th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160). A private family service will be held at the funeral home. Following cremation, interment in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Ave. Flowers respectfully declined. If so desired, memorial donations to the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority re: Tree Planting Program gratefully acknowledged.
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