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"MPP" 2001 Obituary


MPP o@ca.on.manitoulin.howland.little_current.manitoulin_expositor 2001-08-15 published
John Gordon LANE
In loving memory John Gordon LANE, August 5, 1916-August 9, 2001.
John LANE, a resident of Gore Bay, died at the Manitoulin Health Centre, Little Current, on Thursday, August 9, 2001 at the age of 85 years. He was born on Barrie Island, son of the late George and Martha {VANCISE} LANE.
John attended school on Barrie Island and graduated at the age of 14, after which he worked on farms and in the bush, until 1939, when he bought a farm. In 1946, John married Louise SMITH of St. Catharine's. John had a lifelong involvement in politics, starting as a council member on Barrie Island from 1941-1960. In 1960, he moved to Gore Bay, and was on council for 4 years, then Mayor for 5 years. In October of 1971, he was elected Progressive Conservative MPP and held that position until his retirement in 1987. John had quite a remarkable career, having won 34 elections and serving 45 years as an elected member of government. He was one of the first directors of the Manitoulin Livestock Co-Op, and in the early '50s was chairman of organizing Farm Forums. In 1955, he started working for the Co-Operators Insurance, and in 1969, was named District Manager. John was a member of the Rotary Club for 35 years, and along with Renie NOBLE, was instrumental in founding the Flower of Hope School, which he said was his most rewarding effort. John was also a life long member of the Lyons Memorial United Church, and had served in many capacities on the board of the church. John also enjoyed fishing and hunting, and will be remembered by his hunt camp gang as the "Commander."
John was predeceased by his wife Louise SMITH in 1969. He later married Leila McDOUGALL who survives. Loving and loved father of Sharon LANE and Ron and his wife Greta LANE of Gore Bay,step father of Linda and her husband Max TRICK and Craig McDOUGALL and his wife Lillian and Bob McDOUGALL. Proud grandfather of Drew, Nicholas and Lindsay LANE and Neil, Laura and Sheri McDOUGALL and Aaron and Brent TRICK. Dear brother of Lloyd and Evelyn LANE of Barrie Island and Larry and Margaret LANE of Gore Bay. Predeceased by grandchildren Amanda and D'Arcy and sisters Mary WILSON, Agnes MORGAN and brother Harold.
The funeral service was conducted at Lyons Memorial United Church on Sunday, August 12 with Geraldine Bould officiating. Interment in Gordon Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay.

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