Suddenly on Sunday, September 1, 2014, Johnny was delivered into the loving care of those who passed before him: nephew Richie Prince; mother Dila Dennett; sister-in-law, brother-in-law and nephews Linda and Ross Whiting, Trevor, David, and Martin Whiting; brothers Jimmy Hammond and Bob Rainford; brother-in-law Tadd McKeown; mother-in-law Tillie Powell; and dear friend and brother-in-law Tom Powell. On November 5, 1938, Johnny was born in Petrolia, Ontario, where he was raised by the loving hand of his mother Dila Dennett. At the young age of 17, he found his passion, the profession he would work at for the next 48 years. He became a diesel mechanic, which he did until he retired at the age of 65. Johnny passed his knowledge on to many and was a free mechanic to every friend or family member who couldn’t afford to pay. At the age of 25, Johnny found his other passion, June Powell, the woman who would become his wife and who would spend the next 50 years by his side. Johnny loved cars, bingo, making spicy chili on Friday nights, road trips to Cape Croker, and his family…especially his family. He was a generous man who would never turn away from someone in need. He laughed often, and his strongest language was usually, “Holy Pete!” Johnny leaves behind his adoring wife June Irving and his beloved kitty Scooter. Sisters Rosemary (JD) Thomas, Linda (Dale) Wright, and brother Wayne (Colleen) Rainford. Also, brothers Jimmy (Gina) Smith and Ron Hammond. Sisters- and brothers-in-law Marion (Don) Shand, Dorethy Duncan, Brenda (Bruce) Stevenson, Tracy Powell, Marlene (Carl) Mercer and Patrick Powell. Best friend Fred Clark and special cousins Wayne (Cathy) Irving and Carol (Morgan) Turney. Johnny also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. At Johnny’s request, no visitation or service will be held. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society (cheques only at the funeral home please).

For more information about this obituary visit

Filed Under: Sarnia