Service

11 am, Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at St. John the Divine Anglican Church DIRECTIONS: Travel to just north of London, ON on Richmond St (Highway #4). At the traffic lights in Arva, ON, the Church of St. John the Divine is located on the southwest corner of Richmond St (Highway #4) and Medway Rd.

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Donations

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the London Health Sciences Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Please remit directly to the charity of your choosing, addresses at bottom of this page. Complete and send the form below to notify family of your contribution.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

John Slade

Death Notice

Slade, William John - peacefully, surrounded by his family at Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario on Friday, December 23, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved husband and soul-mate to his wife Ingeborg for thirty-seven years, devoted and proud father of his sons, Christopher and David, and dear brother of Arthur Slade and Doris Gale. John was born on November 17, 1936 in Newbury, England. He served in the Royal Air Force from 1955 to 1960 and immigrated to Canada shortly thereafter, where he enjoyed a successful career as a trusted insurance and financial advisor. A lover of nature, John was a keen camper and outdoorsman, and explored many of Ontario's parks including Killbear, French River, Algonquin and Killarney. For twenty years, family trips to Pukaskwa National Park were the highlight of each summer. John was also an avid gardener, spending countless hours meticulously tending to his lawn and garden (and often those of his neighbours too). He will be remembered for his boundless energy, whether shovelling snow halfway up the street to beat the snowplough or climbing trees to trim high branches, to the grave concern of all who saw him. John loved flying, and used to fly his Cessna "XQN" from Buttonville Airport to his cottage on Four Mile Lake in the Kawarthas, to Tobermory, and to many other Ontario destinations. Once in London, John became actively involved with the Royal London Military Institute where he served as Secretary for over fifteen years, and will be fondly remembered for his spirit and unique sense of humour. John was also an Associate Member of the Wolseley Barracks Officers' Mess, Secretary Emeritus of Vimy Branch 145, Royal Canadian Legion, and Past Secretary of the Sponsoring Committee of Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 614. John will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He was a man of uncommon kindness and generosity, a true gentleman. A service in celebration of John's life will be conducted at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Arva on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11:00 a.m. A Legion memorial service will begin the ceremony. Reception to follow in the parish hall. Cremation with private interment in St. John's Cemetery, Arva. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the London Health Sciences Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. We gratefully acknowledge the outstanding and compassionate care John received from his physicians, in particular Dr. Cyrus Hsia, Dr. Ian Chin-Yee and Dr. Shiraz Malik and from all the nurses who cared for him at Victoria Hospital.