In Celebration of

Frederick John Garfield Everett

August 23, 1930 -  January 21, 2020


Peacefully, at home, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Born August 23, 1930, to John and Mary Everett in Ridgeway, Ontario, he is survived by his brother Raymond (Gerry), and predeceased by his sister Susie (Tim Currah). He leaves behind his loving wife Grace, daughters Janice (Paul Sabourin), and Leslie, son Tom (Helen), and grandchildren Paige, Rachel, Brody and Colton. During his struggle with Parkinson’s, John was lovingly cared for by Lily, Maria, Helena, Tasnee, Andrene, Kashif, Kathleen, and Glen.

John was an educator and built his career in Etobicoke as a teacher, vice principal, principal, and finally area superintendent. It was there that John met fellow teacher Grace Vine. It was love at first sight and they shared 68 wonderful years. In the early sixties John spent two years in France and Germany working for the Armed Forces as an inspector for the Air Force schools. During this period John drove his family throughout Europe in a Peugeot 404, pulling a very tiny trailer. He was a talented and meticulous photographer, calligrapher, woodworker, and bird carver. His mind and hands were always busy. In his youth he was an all-around athlete – a star member of Ridgeway High School’s baseball, track, volleyball, and basketball teams. Later in life he coached all of these sports, remaining fiercely competitive (fondly remembered for carrying a worn rulebook in his back pocket). John was also an avid fisherman; he loved spending time on the lakes and rivers of Quebec especially Lac Napoleon, where his family kept a small cottage and spent many happy summers. After working as a caddy in his youth, John came to love golf, enjoying the game for many years, especially after his retirement. John was a great conversationalist and could often be found striking up chats with strangers who quickly became friends. His razor wit, love of language, and endless curiosity were a bright light that will be sorely missed. A private cremation has taken place.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Friday January 31, 2020 from 5-8 pm. A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at Bloordale United Church, 4258 Bloor Street West, Etobicoke, on Saturday February 1, 2020, at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson Canada, or to Bloordale United Church, where John was a long-time active member, would be welcome.


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Steven Mosher 

Entered January 25, 2020 from OTTAWA, ON

To the Everett family, I extend to you my sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Everett. My parents, Art and Jean Mosher, have known your family for more than 50 years. The Mosher family's thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

Ken/Paula Maynard/Pereira 

Entered January 25, 2020

Our sincere condolences! Our thoughts are with all of you!

Monsignor Paul Zimmer (Markland Wood)

Entered January 26, 2020 from St. Clement Catholic Church

On behalf of my brothers and sisters I extend our sincerest sympathy for the loss of your husband and father. We all have fond memories of the back and forth between your house on Stoneglen and ours. I will offer a Mass for John at St. Clement church. Requiescat in pacem!

Andra (Joanie) Abolins 

Entered January 26, 2020

On behalf of myself, my sister Julie & my parents, Joyce & Andy Abolins, we wanted to extend our deepest condolences for the loss of such a wonderful man. John was a teacher to my dad, Andy, & I have fond memories of both John & Grace from our years hanging out at the Everett home throughout high school. Our hearts go out to you all at this sad time xo

David Zimmer 

Entered January 26, 2020 from Huntsville

I offer my deepest condolences to all of the Everett family. John (or, more properly, "Mr. Everett" to me) was a kind man and one of the best dads on the block. Always reliable to play catch or wallop baseball pop-ups for us kids. He was an amazing woodworker but also always happy to fix a broken bicycle.. I will always remember his amazing collection of pipes and the smell of Bond Street tobacco. John was also one of the best whistlers ever. I will never forget this stuff. Rest in peace Mr. Everett.


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