John Franklin Mathers
Passed away peacefully at Peterborough General on Monday August 7 2023, at 89 years of age. Survived by his children Theresa, John (Heidi), Paul (Sharon), Mary Patricia, and grandchildren Brennan, Keegan, Eryn, Michael, David,
Margaret, and Mary. Predeceased by Mary Eleanor, his wife of 58 years, his sister Carol and her husband Emmet. Beloved son of Alan Mathers and Margaret Brennan. Will be missed by nephews John and David (Jacqui) Bracken, sistersin-law Cathi LeFebvre (Emile), and Natalie LeMoine (Peter), brothers-in law Joe LeMoine (Mary), Bill Lee (Brenda), and by many LeMoine nieces and nephews.
Dad started off his career path thinking he’d like to be a priest, and he would have made a good one, but then he met Mary Eleanor LeMoine, and instead, together they created a family unit as tight as they come! With a good head for numbers, dad changed course and became a CA, working for United Cigar Stores and Imasco for much of his career, with 7 years spent with Imasco’s overseas offices in Switzerland and Amsterdam where mom and dad hosted a steady stream of visitors from Canada who got to experience their generosity and love.
How do you capture someone in words? Open, loving, kind, full of laughter – he was the front porch sitter who was friends with all the neighbours. He was a coach (Blessed Trinity hockey, Willowdale baseball), and a sportsman who got
us involved in tennis, squash, skiing. Hockey figured large. From coaching kids to playing with UCS and then St Mike's Oldtimers; he was part of a tight group of friends who met weekly (or more often) for hockey, beers and dinner...right up
until he was 74!
Close friends Ed Meade and Jack Duggan met in grade school and the trio shared great adventures when young, and ongoing friendship and travel throughout their adult life. That included music parties in the living room as dad and Ed Meade played guitar and we heard and sang some great songs from that era! Thank you for the music you brought to our home!
When he retired, dad dove headlong into genealogy, long before ancestry.com was a thing! He compiled an incredible family story for us. It is a legacy that grounds us as a family and that kept dad grounded when dementia was a struggle and he could immerse himself in something he knew so intimately and lovingly.
Dad was someone who could meet the challenges of life with grace and equanimity. When Mary Eleanor died, he made the decision to sell the family home of 50 years and moved to Princess Gardens in Peterborough - a dramatic change but handled beautifully. Then when the pandemic hit, Mary Pat opened her home to him, and dad and MP shared a home for 3 years, where dad thrived with MP’s unceasing and loving care.
He was a rock for us in all our ups and downs, a shoulder to cry on when needed, and a ready joke to break any tension. His laugh could be heard loudly at gatherings and you knew how much he was enjoying himself. And when it was time to travel, Dad had a habit of having his bags packed and ready to go. I suspect he was ready to go these past few weeks, looking forward to rejoining Mary Eleanor, sister Carol and her husband Emmet, with Mary Eleanor’s sister Brenda, and sister Cathi’s husband, Emile, brothers Peter and Mike, and Mike’s wife Ann, with Alan and Margaret, and Joe and Kay, and
friends Jack Duggan and Ed Meade. It is lovely to imagine his big laugh and enjoyment of everyone there.
We wish to extend a special thanks to Minu, who cared for dad so well while at Mary Pat’s, and to Dr. Blake and the dedicated staff of Peterborough General Hospital.
Funeral Mass at Blessed Trinity Parish Monday August 21, 2023 10:00 am. 3220 Bayview Avenue, Toronto Reception to follow. Reception Hall at Blessed Trinity 11:00-1:00
In Dad’s memory, donations can be made if so wished, to Dementia research at CLEAR https://clearalzheimers.ca or at the Alzheimer Society. https:// alzheimer.ca/en/take-action/make-your-donation-today