John Robert Edmonds, a beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, and pillar of the community, peacefully passed away on January 31st, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 31st, 1940, in River Hebert, Nova Scotia, to the late Patrick and Eleanor Edmonds (nee: Rector).
He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Marilyn, his daughter Kimberly (Shawn) Meikle, his son Robert (Melanie) Edmonds, his grandchildren Ashley (Matthew) Edmonds, Kayla (late Kyle Chatham) Leaman, Justin (Jamie-Lynn) Edmonds, Allison (James) Nanos, Ryan Meikle, Sierra Edmonds, Zackary Edmonds, Hunter (Maddie) Shaw, Hudson Shaw and his great-grandchildren Alli Jinson and Alix Chatham. Family was paramount to John; he cherished gatherings with his grandchildren, enjoying Marilyn's home-cooked meals and creating lasting memories. John also leaves behind a brother-in-law, James Ayles, and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families. John is predeceased by his daughter Krista Leaman and his sisters Marie Ayles and Betty (Allan) Steeves.
Growing up in River Hebert, John cultivated a passion for sports, particularly baseball, which he played in Nova Scotia and Moncton. He was an avid Toronto Blue Jays supporter and a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan who never failed to let him down during playoffs.
Throughout his life, John made significant contributions to his community of Salisbury, where he and Marilyn raised a family and resided for 35 years. He was an active member of the Salisbury Lions Club and was instrumental in founding the Salisbury Boys and Girls Club, providing meaningful activities for the village youth.
John was a man of many talents in various fields, most notably as a bus driver for special needs children at the Lion Don Steeves School and Adult Services Workshop in Moncton, which held a special place in his heart. He touched the lives of many with his kindness and compassion, earning the affection and admiration of both students and colleagues.
John's legacy of love, generosity, and community spirit will be carried on by his family and remembered by all who knew him. John will be dearly missed but forever remembered for his quick wit, sense of humour, and dedication to family.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the many close friends and family who have helped and supported John and the compassionate staff at the Salvation Army Nursing Home in Riverview for their exceptional care of John in his final days.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Route 106 (506-372-4800) where visiting will be Monday, February 5 from 6 pm to 8 pm. The funeral will be held in the chapel Tuesday, February 6 at 1:30 pm with Rev. Danny Compton officiating. Interment at Five Points Cemetery.
Donations in John's memory may be made to a charity organization of their choice.
Online condolences at www.keirsteads.ca
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