John Alexander McDermott

January 11, 2024

John McDermott Death Notice

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, John A. McDermott, on January 11, 2024.

John was born December 16, 1925 in Tavistock, Ontario, and he was always proud of his roots. On June 16, 1944, at the age of eighteen, John joined the Royal Canadian Navy stationed on the HMCS Algonquin. Following the war, he attended Queen’s University where he met his wife-to-be, Jean McGirr. After graduation, and two years working at the Hudson's Bay Company in Winnipeg, he returned to South River to marry Jean and manage McGirr’s store. His true passion of teaching began at the South River-Sundridge High School and then as a teacher and principal at Almaguin Highlands Secondary School. John contributed to the community through the South River Festival of the Arts, the Eagle Lake Conservation Association, AOTS and Sunday School superintendent at Chalmers United Church, Lions, Masons, curling and later bridge and golf. John also was in charge of night-school at Almaguin, and after his time supervising these classes, he enrolled in art classes in North Bay. This was the start of his oil painting hobby.

John is survived by his wife, Jean, daughters Kathryn (Jonathan) Edmondson and Marilee Hornung, grandchildren Caroline (Alexander Stevenson), Katie (Liam Parker) and Christopher Edmondson, Alexander and Nicholas Hornung, and sister-in-law, Beth McGirr. He was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Mary (McDonald) McDermott, his brother Don (Nancy), his sisters Mary (Robert) Brady and Audrey (Ben) Weston, his nieces Heather Weston and Marnie Litchen, son-in-law, Randy Hornung, and brother-in-law, Ormond McGirr.

Many thanks to the wonderful care of the staff at Eastholme. Thanks, also, to his many friends who have stayed in touch with him over the years. He was always proud of all the students who passed through the doors at Almaguin and all of the Almaguin family.

John requested that there not be a funeral for he shared with us, “I have had many celebrations over the years and I have received much in return.” We will honour his wishes. There will be a private family celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, please donate to the South River Lions Club John A. McDermott Memorial Fund, Eastholme Residents Council or a service club of your choice in John’s memory.

To leave a tribute or memory for the family, please visit paulfuneralhome.ca or call Paul Funeral Home, Powassan at 705-724-2024.

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Cremation Has Taken Place


South River Lions Club
PO Box 220, South River ON P0A 1X0

Eastholme Residents Fund
62 Big Bend Avenue, PO Box 400, Powassan ON P0H1Z0
Tel: 1-705-724-2005
Web: https://eastholme.ca/

*Cheques payable to Eastholme please


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