Dr. John Sankey
SANKEY, Dr. John Alfred - Peacefully at Victoria Hospital on Friday, April 15, 2016, Dr. John Alfred Sankey of London, Ontario and Shrewsbury, England in his 83rd year. Beloved husband for 58 years of Rosemary. Loving father of MaryAnne (Paul Marsh) of London and Alister Sankey (Monica) of Mississauga. Proud Granddad of Jacob Marsh and Nicholas, Christopher and Timothy Sankey. Dear brother of Bryan and Kathleen.
John was born in Welshpool and raised in Shrewsbury England.
After graduating from the Shrewsbury Boys Priory and Walford College in Shropshire he set sail for Canada. He spent several years searching for his destiny, dabbling as a surveyor in the mines of Elliott Lake and a farm hand in rural Ontario and Alberta. All the while he wrote dedicated letters to his beloved "bride to be" back in Shropshire. Due to his inquisitive nature and love of animals he decided to take up the veterinary profession. Upon graduation from Ontario Veterinary College and a wedding at St George's in Guelph, Rosemary and John returned to Shropshire, England in 1960 where John lived and breathed everything Herriot and started his young family. In 1975 John and Rosemary and their children set sail again for Canada, this time landing in London, Ontario and eventually his paradise by the Thames in Kilworth where he ran his own swine heard health veterinary practice. He retired happily to his Canadian and English gardens in 2000. A steadfast partner to Rosemary and supportive parent to his children and grand children, he was the epitome of British charm, charisma and dignity, always concerned for the happiness and well being of others. He welcomed anyone to his door step, even the ground hogs that he kindly escorted to the other side of the river in his Benz. He loved his gardens in Kilworth and Weston Lullingfields; they are a major part of his beautiful legacy. He loved entertaining with his circles of friends and family. He will be missed by so many.
The funeral service will be conducted at St. Anne’s Anglican Church (Byron), 1344 Commissioner’s Rd. W., on Saturday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. Interment St. Anne’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Ontario Veterinary College, Canadian Cancer Society (for Lung Cancer) or St. Anne’s Anglican Church would be appreciated.
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