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"CSO" 2007 Obituary


CSONTOS o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-15 published
TRETHEWEY, John Hilliard (1941-2007)
Portrait by Wendy TRETHEWEY, 1962
Retired Infantry Major (The Canadian Guards, and after 1970, The Royal Canadian Regiment). While vacationing with his cherished wife Judit in Budapest, Hungary, John died peacefully in his sleep on December 8th, the result of a heart attack. Following school in Toronto (Whitney Public and North Toronto Collegiate) and a Junior Forest Ranger job, John hitchhiked across Canada. He joined the Officers Training Corps in 1958 at U of T. He chose Infantry (he liked the red beret) for his summer training at camps Borden and Petawawa. After attending Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph and Mount Allison in Sackville, New Brunswick (History/English), John joined the regular army in 1962 as a Lieutenant. He served in Petawawa, Gagetown, Germany, Norway, Cyprus, Montreal (FLQ), Australia (Staff College, Queenscliff and the Jungle Training Centre, Canungra), London, Ontario, Meaford, Suffield, Royal Military College Kingston (honourary member of Class of '80), Halifax, Aldershot, and Ottawa. John was a varsity swimmer and water polo player. He enjoyed canoeing, chess, poker, casino roulette, traveling to World War 1 battlefields and history. He was a spectacular father, grandfather and husband who cherished his Friends. Beloved husband of Judit (née CSONTOS,) son of Hilliard and Dell, loving father of Philip (Megan), Colin (Cyndi), Steve (Sarah). Fondly remembered by his first wife Wendy (née FINCH- NOYES, Phil and Col's Mum). Devoted Poppa to Carolina, Dear brother of Margaret LEWLESS, Uncle to David SLATTER. Saturday, January 12th @ 1100hrs - Celebration of Life service open to all held in Ottawa at Beechwood Cemetery in the new National Memorial Centre (280 Beechwood Ave). In lieu of flowers. Feel free to follow John's example by donating clothes, money and/or your time to the Ottawa mission:

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