John Grant, lifetime owner of Auto Trac, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on January 17, 2014. He was 73.
John will be missed by his best friend and devoted wife of 53 years Ann and by his four adoring strong willed children, Ian (Myrla), Susan (Gary), Colin (Sue), and Joann (Gord).
John was blessed to have three beautiful granddaughters, Miranda (Danny), Marcie (Matt), and Amber (Geoff) and four handsome great grandsons, Conlan, Owen, Hudson and Levi who loved him dearly and will miss their grandpa very much. He is remembered also by Melanie, Shelby, Holly and Joel.
John was predeceased by his parents William (Bill) and Marion (Brown). He is survived by his only sister Elizabeth and nieces Julie and Lisa, his Aunt Agnes in Toronto, cousin Linda in Ottawa along with several family members Scotland.
John was born in Bo’ness Scotland, on December 7, 1940, and immigrated to Montreal in 1950, with his family. He grew up in Montreal, never missing out on fun (good and bad).
John worked at Henry Birks & Sons in Montreal, where he learned the Silver Spinning trade. This enabled him to make beautiful candlesticks for his family in recent years.
On September 15, 1961, in Longueuil, Quebec, John married Anne, the love of his life. They lived in St. Hubert, until they moved to Spencerville in 1967.
John became a licensed mechanic and worked for the Canadian Tire Company. He opened his own business in Spencerville, in the late 1970’s until moving it close to home in Crystal Rock in 1988. He became a Belarus tractor dealer and served farmers throughout Eastern Ontario and Quebec.
John survived various injuries and illnesses from the early age of 14 when he was hit by a car, to breaking his back and various other bones later, to tonsil cancer in 2005.
John’s health caught up to him. In later years he needed an artificial knee and hip and enteral feeds, but he took everything in stride. In his words he lived a lot longer than he had expected, and was able to see his children and grandchildren married and have great-grandchildren.
John’s passion was cars, speed and singing. He enjoyed it all, from drag racing with his friend Bill to his obsession with Formula 1 and Indy car racing, to Cub Kars, and singing with the Spencerville Community Choir.
John lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed by many friends and business associates, especially life-time friends Bill (Diane) Jones and Molly Faessen and her children Nancy (Vasko) and Adam who were always thought of as family.
A special thank you to Papa Larry for all his friendship, support and special meals over the years.
At John’s request there will be no visitation. A private service will be held and interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
The business will continue to operate and John would be honoured for any donations in his memory to the Spencerville Community Choir.
Arrangements were entrusted to MacKay Funeral Home at www.mackayfuneralhome.com