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KEDDIE 2008-05-26 published
At Parkwood Hospital on Sunday, May 25, 2008, John HARRISON, of London in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Dorothy, predeceased by his cherished first wife Shirley. Dear father of Shelley STUPNISKY (Bud) of Morris, Manitoba, Philip (Kathy) of North Bay, Ontario, and John (Joan) of Fort Frances, Ontario. Survived by 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Step-father to Heather KEDDIE (Mississauga,) Miriam NICHOL (Bruce) of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Barbara YEO (Michael) of Ottawa. Survived by 6 step-grandchildren. Dear brother of Elizabeth EASTAUGH of Barrie. Special thanks to the doctors, nurses and therapists of the Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Hospital. Also special thanks to Bonnie. A Memorial Service will be held at First St. Andrew's United Church, 350 Queens Avenue at Waterloo, London on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 commencing at 2 p.m. Donations to Hospice London or the Canadian Cancer Society appreciated. Forest City Cremation Services entrusted with arrangements 519-675-0772

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KEDDY o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2008-06-05 published
SAINT_AMAND, John Raymond Jr.
By Peggie GRAHAM and Marilyn KEDDY, Page L6
John Raymond SAINT_AMAND Jr. Union organizer, teacher, partner, brother, uncle, friend. Born January 29, 1943, in Galt, Ontario Died October 31, 2007, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, of cancer, aged 64.
John SAINT_AMAND approached his death the same way he lived his life: joyfully, selflessly, fearlessly and with great integrity.
His room was the busiest on the ward as he welcomed visiting family and Friends. Tears were for outside the room. Within, there was laughter, stories, reminiscences and his continuing concern for others. He wrote his own obituary so he could honour those who had inspired and assisted him, but more to spare his partner, Marilyn, the task.
This concern for others was a hallmark of John's life and led him into a career organizing in the Canadian trade-union movement. John graduated with a master's in sociology from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He taught at Mohawk College in Hamilton for many years and later at Dalhousie.
During his Mohawk years he became interested in organizing campaigns with trade unions associated with the Confederation of Canadian Unions. John left his teaching job to volunteer to help Cape Breton coal miners form their own Canadian Mineworkers Union. Although they did not win the vote to change unions, John always saw success in people having the confidence to join together to fight for what they believed in. From 1985 to 1989 he organized in the "pink ghetto" of child-care workers and staff at women's shelters.
John met Marilyn KEDDY, who became his life partner for 32 years. When they opted for retirement, they took on a major challenge: the top-to-bottom renovation of an old house that was to be their new residence. Unfortunately, they had just a few short months to enjoy their handiwork before John was diagnosed with cancer.
An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, John delighted in taking visitors out in his boat with his dogs. He was also a talented musician who played viola. As Marilyn remarked when she was gathering photographs to display at the celebration of John's life, "There was no problem finding good pictures of John." In almost every one he was smiling - on picket lines, in China, on camping trips, at conferences and conventions and in classrooms.
His wholehearted contribution to the trade-union movement was recognized with the establishment of three annual John St. Amand bursaries from the Confederation of Canadian Unions. It was a tribute he accepted with characteristic modesty.
Family, Friends, federal and provincial politicians, academic and community colleagues filled the Mahone Bay fire hall to celebrate the too-short life of this remarkable man. John would have loved it.
Peggie GRAHAM is John's friend, and Marilyn KEDDY is his partner.

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