websiteHe served his Country,

He served his Community,

He served his Family

Born July 25, 1924 to William Franklin Mowat and Hazel (Lambert). He grew up surrounded by his siblings Barbara, Anne, Margaret, Don, and Betty. At the age of 17, John volunteered to serve with Royal Canadian Navy. Dad crewed on various ships until he made Chief Petty Officer on the HMSC Chambly (K-116) engaged in convoy escort duties in the North Atlantic for 3 years. The horrors of war had a profound effect on the rest of John’s life.  In 1949, John joined the Windsor Police and served with them until he joined the Riverside Police department in 1956. He rejoined the Windsor Police when Windsor Amalgamated with Riverside in 1966 and served until his retirement in 1984. John served through the ranks in the police department and finally retired as a highly regarded Staff Sergeant. John was an active member of the Police Association and was well known for his activities at many of the functions sponsored by the Association. After retirement, John joined the Courts system and served as a Court Services Officer until he retired at age 75. John loved being a Police Officer and had a positive effect on all those he came in contact with. Dad will be sadly missed by his oldest son John and youngest son Chris who looked after him in his later years. Dad will also be missed by countless family and friends, especially fellow retiree’s Fred Brannigan and Tom Fortier.  John married Patricia Peschalk (deceased) in 1951 and is survived by son John and his wife Joan, granddaughters Trista (Chris) and Kim (Mark) and great grandfather to Nathan; son Christopher and his wife Kathy and grandchildren Richard, Meagan, Britnee, Eric, and great-granddaughter Makayla; daughter Cynthia and husband Brian and their children Amanda, Sarah, and Michael, and two great-grandchildren; son Robert and Janine.  Special thank you to caregivers from CCAC, St. Elizabeth’s and Veterans Affairs.  Donations to the Brentwood Recovery Home would be appreciated.  Visitation Wednesday from 3-5 & 7-9 p.m.  Veterans Memorial Service under the auspices of the Windsor Veteran’s Memorial Service Committee Wednesday 7 p.m. Funeral Thursday (time incomplete) at Families First 1065 Lauzon Rd. East Windsor, 519-969-5841. Cremation to follow.  The family would appreciate it if you could share some of your memories about our father, photos or make a donation online at

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