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John Douglas Phyper




Died: 11 Oct 2021


PHYPER, John Douglas - with sadness, we announce the passing of John Douglas Phyper on Monday, October 11, 2021. John passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the age of 95. He joins his beloved wife, Elizabeth "Betty", after 65 years of marriage. He was predeceased by his brother Duncan Phyper and sister Jean McGlynn and is survived by his dear sister-in-law, Marion Slater. Devoted father of Stephen (Elaine), Glenn (Anne), Ann (George), John David (Chris), Elizabeth (Bill), Rosemary (Pat), and Chrisanne (Michael). He was the cherished Poppa to his 24 grandchildren: Christopher, Jason (Jen), Jennifer Anne (Jamie), Scott, Shane, Landon, Shawn, Ryan, Matthew, Nicole (Sim), Gregory (Maureen), Megan, Madison, Rachel (Chris), Victoria (Colin), Olivia, William, James (Danielle), Daniel, Joseph (Mengyu), Paul, Cameron, Connor, and Curtis, as well as his 21 great-grandchildren. John was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, where he met the love of his life, Betty. He attended Loyola High School where he played football on the school team. John joined Northern Electric (Nortel) after high school and at age 17 joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). During World War II, he was assigned to/and proudly performed convoy duty in the North Atlantic aboard the corvette class ship - HMCS FERGUS and was one of the few RCN sailors to traverse to Murmansk, Russia. John and Betty raised their seven children in Montreal before coming to Toronto in 1973. John worked at Nortel for 43.5 years, including his military service, and, in retirement, worked part time at The Wine Shop. John was the consummate gentleman. His kindness and warm smile will always be in our memories. His greatest joys were spending time with his large and loving family, participating in church activities, and travelling the world with Betty on cruise ships. John has precious memories with his siblings' families, Phypers, Slaters, McGlynns and Muldoons as well as endless fun times with lifelong friends the Coughlins, McFalls, Costellos, Marcottes and Camerons. The Phyper family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the caregivers at the Credit River Retirement Residence and the Credit Valley Hospital for their compassion, kindness, and excellent care. Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:20 a.m. on Friday, October 15th at Merciful Redeemer Parish (2775 Erin Centre Blvd., Mississauga) to be followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. A graveside memorial will be held immediately following at Assumption Catholic Cemetery (6933 Tomken Rd., Mississauga). The immediate family is invited to a private celebration of John's life at his favourite restaurant - The Mandarin. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada in memory of Betty Phyper. John will be reunited with his dear Betty in Heaven and his love will always inspire us. (Toronto Star 14 Oct 2021)


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