It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of a loving husband and father on Feb. 16, 2021 In Victoria, B.C. John was born on May 25, 1936 in Hantsport, Nova Scotia to Merton and Pauline (Greene). He was also predeceased by his beloved son, Jeffrey and grandson, Cole.

He was an outgoing, friendly and generous man who enjoyed interacting with others and could talk for hours if given the chance. He enjoyed playing hockey and did so until his later years. One of his favourite activities was exploring unfamiliar roads, which on one trip, led us into a seedy part of Boston but, unfazed, found his way out. It was pre  GPS but he had an excellent sense of direction and always seemed to be able navigate unknown territory. John gave a hundred percent to all things of interest to him and was especially proud of the hundred dairy cattle herd he built up. He was an avid reader and problem solver, somehow being able, most of the time, to come up with a solution to difficulties. “Cowboy logic” he’d say. He also spent many years in the construction business, working pipeline in Ontario and later working for the Town of Hantsport and also doing individual projects.

John loved getting phone calls from his children of whom he was so proud. Since moving to B.C., he kept in touch with family and friends in Nova Scotia, and he and his cousin, Albert, were on the phone many times as they had established a close bond in childhood.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela (Sigsworth), daughter Janet (Derek) Mosher, son Michael (Dorothy) and daughter Sandra (Doug) Schofield, grandchildren, Kyle, Tara, Jake, Deanna, Tristan, Bereket, great granddaughters, Kya and Lucy, a brother Wilfred(Betty), cousins, nieces and nephews.

Many thanks to all those at the Royal Jubilee Hospital who had some part in taking such good care of John. You were so kind and helpful and it was very much appreciated.

Parting messages to John from his family:

Jan: Thanks for my strong personality & the can-do attitude!

Mike: Dad, Heaven called and you hadn’t shown up yet. I said, “No worries, he’s on his way. He must have run into someone to talk to”. RIP. I will miss you.

Sandi: I’m so glad I got to see you before you left. I love you!❤

Pam: 62 years, Babe, and how lucky we were to have had that. Through all the ups and downs our love stayed strong. Until we meet again.


Cremation has taken place. Donations may be made to your charity of choice.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Fiona MacInnis

    Brian and I are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Whenever we met at the grocery store John and I would always have a wonderful chat. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts go out to the family.

    Fiona and Brian MacInnis

  • Goldie McDow

    Our sympathy to you, Pam and all the family. He will be missed for his big smile, the twinkle in his eye and his friendly chuckle. Goldie and Darrell McDow

  • Diane Caldwell

    Earl & Diane are sorry for your loss. John was a great Man! Hugs to Pam & families!

  • Starr starratt and trevor tracey

    Sorry to hear of John’s passing, may he rest in peace and continue telling his stories ❤

  • Sylvia(Stevens) Best and family

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Sympathy to all the family.

  • Annie Bird

    Heartfelt sympathy to family and all who mourn -( there will be many !)
    John’s passing. In Christian love – Annie

  • Sylvia (Stevens) Best and family

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. My sympathy to Pam and family.

  • Carol and Larry

    Condolences from Larry Archibald and Carol Dee. John was such a great guy- It was always nice running into him, with his warm smile and interesting conversation. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Angelo Padovan

    Sad to hear of Johns passing. He was always kind and helpful and will be missed.All the best to his family and friends.

  • Kim Patterson & Bob Smith

    Big love hugs from us. Difficult times for sure, you are in are hearts xo

  • Shawn and Debbie Mounce

    Pam and family,

    Debbie and I are saddened to hear about John, we will miss throughs’s impromptu conversations John would strike up when we met on the street or in a store. We spend a lot of time in conversation with John at the Joy family reunions.

    Sincere sympathy,
    Shawn and Debbie Mounce

  • Donna Gregory

    So sorry to hear of Johns passing. Condolences to the family. He was one of a kind and will be missed. Donna Gregory & Al MacDonald

  • Suzanne wiebe

    So sorry for your loss. He was obviously very much loved and enjoyed life to the fullest. We didn’t know him but from all the stories I’ve read and from what I’ve heard he will be dearly missed and he left his mark on many people! Sending our condolences.
    Suzanne & Terry Wiebe. (Kya and Lucy’s other grandparents.)

  • Heather (Cox) MacIntosh

    Sending my deepest sympathies and hugs to John’s family. John was such an icon in the Town of Hantsport and surrounding area. He always had a huge smile and always had time for a chat and a story. He will be dearly missed.

  • Lois Kidd

    My deepest condolences to you Pam, Janet, Mike and Sandi.
    John was an amazing man. Loved to see him and Pam at Tim Hortons in Windsor and sit and chat. He was NEVER at a loss for words. I have very fond memories of him when I used to visit. He just about always had a smile on his face and if he didn’t ….. well.
    You are all in my thoughts and Prayers.
    Love from Nova Scotia.

  • Lisa Daniels

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Such a kind man who
    Always took the time to chat! Thinking of you all at this difficult
    Time with heartfelt condolences.

  • Debbie and Phillip Scott

    Pam and family,
    We were so surprised and saddened to learn of John’s passing. We always enjoyed our chats with John. So many great memories. Sending kind thoughts and deepest sympathy.
    Debbie (DeWolfe) and Phillip Scott

  • Wayne and Carolyn Folker

    Pam and all of John’s family,
    We are sorry to hear of your loss. Lots of fond memories of John will remain in Hantsport.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Wayne and Carolyn

  • Ron and Gayle MacDonald

    Pam and Family, So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ron and Gayle MacDonald and family.

  • Mike Tracey

    To Pam & Family:

    After hearing of John’s passing I wanted to offer my condolences to all of you. I remember John very well from my childhood and seeing him cruising around in his backhoe with a smile on his face. We used to look forward to him coming to plow our driveway so we could play in the snowbanks he created for myself and my sisters:)

    I’m hoping you can find peace at this difficult time. I’m thinking about all of you.

    Take care,
    Mike Tracey (just clarifying… Barb and Ross’s son)

  • Kevin and Pam Guptell

    Hi Pam and kids,
    I always liked John. I loved that he had passed on so much Cowboy Knowledge to Jeff….it got out and in trouble a couple of times.
    I am so sorry for your loss folks, he was my friend and
    He will be missed.
    RIP John and give Jeff a hug from my Pam and I.

  • John Leopold

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. So many great stories . His smile was something else.ive missed him the last few years. Always had time to have a good laugh. Pam my thoughts are with you and your family

  • Gordie States Jr.

    My condolences to the Tracey family, John always had time to stop & talk, I always had the greatest respect fir him, he was a hard worker with a good heart. RIP John

  • Mitch and May Crocker

    So very sorry and shocked to see the passing of John. We sure enjoyed his conversations with us from time to time. He’s one of these people that you feel that will live forever. And he will, in the hearts of many. Hugs and our Deepest Condolences to all the family.

  • Tony Tracey

    Aunt Pam,Janet,Mike and Sandi my thoughts and prayers are with you guys. I am starting to understand “Cowboy logic”. Lots of love to you guys

  • Ruth Waddell

    Many memories for so many people. Thinking of you all.

  • Peggy Anne Tracey

    Thinking of you all. Sending love to Aunt Pam, cousins; Janet, Mike & Sandi and all the family. RIP Uncle John. You will be missed by us all. Sending love from Nova Scotia xoxo

  • Audrey & Joe Koncovy

    We were very surprised and saddened to read of John’s sudden death. Our hearts go out to Pam and the family. John will certainly be missed by his many friends, and acquaintances. Hugs!
    Audrey and Joe Koncovy

  • Darren Bishop

    My condolences to John’s family…sorry to hear of his passing and of his loss to you all. I have many memories of John around Hantsport growing up, there is one that comes to mind I will share…roughly 45 yrs ago he was offering horse back rides from the old farm/barn on the Bishopville Road located by the highway tunnel. He had 6 or 7 of us young kids on a ride and we had just started and went through the tunnel (never been on a horse before)as a car passed it spooked the horse…it taking off galloping as fast as it could go…I was scared to death, holding on for dear life, screaming the whole time as John was yelling at me to pull up on the rains as he chased me on his horse…then it jumped a ditch and headed into the trees and finally stopped….I was wearing shorts and when John got me off the horse the inside of my knees were skinned off from the saddle and bleeding. He calmed me down, wipped off the blood running down my legs and said “now you have quite the story to tell about your first horse back ride and scars to prove it”…he was right, just pulled up my pant legs and I still have a small scar on each leg…I have never ridden a horse since….he had that big smile on his face the whole time….thinking of you all at this sad time.

  • Chrystal Remme

    Sending so much love to all of you. John was an absolute treasure.

  • Kate Goodwin

    I have so many fond memories of spending time at Uncle John and Aunt Pam’s. Spending the night. Hanging out at the barn. Running through the corn fields, riding the horses. Uncle John delivering Christmas presents and hanging out and sharing stories. He will be missed! I’m quite sure he’s standing at Heavens gate sharing a story! Condolences to Aunt Pam, Janet, Mike and Sandi and all the extended family.
    Xxx Kate, Jeff and family


    Dear Pam and family
    I’ve missed John’s presence in town since the move to Vancouver. Long conversations from the sidewalk to our front porch were the norm! He was a Hantsport icon and a good, hardworking, reliable man. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts are with you all.

  • Wanda Garland Kehoe

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was such a nice man. Condolences to the family.

  • Sonya faulkner

    Sending sincere sympathy to the family of this huge loss.
    I Always loved running into John with his big smile and a even bigger story. He always had time for a conversation and always wanted to know how things were with you.
    Such a wonderful man and to this day when I drive into Hantsport I always look at their old homestead and expect to see John outside with a big wave as you passed.
    So sorry for your loss and know that others are thinking of you at this time.
    Sonya Faulkner

  • Iris Faulkner

    Please accept our sincerest sympathy at your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Jim & Iris Faulkner

  • Tia Pinch

    Condolences to your family. We are sorry to learn about John’s passing. Anna, Rodney and Tia

  • Patti Davis

    We were sorry to hear about John and offer our sincere sympathy to the entire family. We are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    Blair & Patti Davis – Hantsport, NS

  • Don and Rae Miller

    We were very surprised and saddened to hear of John’s passing–our thoughts and prayers are sent to all the family. We will always remember all the chats we had while at the hardware store. Take care. Doin and Rae Miller

  • Ian Dunbar

    I always had a good conversation with John. Sorry to his family for his passing.

  • Cheryl Mason

    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I worked with Jeff at the Kingsway Inn and loved my long chats with John when I worked for Hants Equipment and he’d come to buy parts. John could always make you feel like you were the only person in the room when you had his attention. I always enjoyed his stories but mostly just his wonderful smile and joyful laughter.

  • Carson Ellis

    Pam and family;

    So sorry to hear about Johns passing.our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Geff & Faye Singleton

    We would like to extend to you all our deepest sympathy.
    Love Geff & Faye Singleton

  • Philip Burgess

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I always enjoyed spending time and talking with John. Between farming, hockey and construction we never ran out of topics.

    Philip Burgess
    Falmouth, Nova Scotia

  • owen lapierre

    Thought of John often as we drove down the valley and glanced at his property, which he at one time, told me he was going to build a golf course there.I attended Windsor academy when he came there for is education (senior years) he was a great friend to many. we both born in 1936 so makes us too young to leave this earth. While i worked at burgess farm supplies his father Mert purchased backhoes and other equipment.there.RIP my friend.Thoughts and prayers are extended to you all

  • Danny Peach

    Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Andrea MacDonald

    Please accept my condolences for such a huge loss to your family. John and I had many conversations especially at the Hardware store where I seemed to bump into him. I always enjoyed any interaction we had. My thoughts and prayers are with your family….Andrea MacDonald ( Hantsport)

  • Vernie and Lloma Myles

    Vernie and I were so sorry to learn of John’s passing, Condolences to the family’

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