Peacefully on Saturday, July 27, 2013 John James Whates age 79 of Petrolia, passed away at C.E.E. Hospital Petrolia.

Loving husband of Barb Whates (nee: Gilbert) of 34 years.

Survived by Howard and Brenda Brown.

Grandpa John to Dylan and Emma Brown.

John was a lifetime member of the Sarnia Kinsmen and K40 club, and on the Board of the Sarnia Musician Union.

He was also a member of  the Governor General’s Footguard Band, and owner of two McDonalds Restaurants  in Sarnia from 1973-1984.

Predeceased by his parents Tom(1989) and Florence(1997).

Cremation has taken place. At John’s request there will be no visitation, and a private family service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Petrolia Minor Hockey Association or C.E.E. Hospital Foundation.

Memories, condolences, and pictures may be shared online at www.needhamjay.com.

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