In Celebration of

John James 'Jack' Tennier

October 14, 1931 -  January 23, 2019

Passed away peacefully at Toronto’s Kensington Hospice on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at the age of 87. He leaves behind his beloved best friend and wife of 61 years, Margaret (Burke) and his five daughters, five sons-in-law and 13 grandchildren: Beth (Brian Coates; John (Amy), Tom and Martha); Kate (Hugh Stuart; Emma and Ethan); Anne (Jim Barber; James (Tara), Paul (Paige) and Margaret); Adele (Craig Dickinson; Evan and Audrey) and Suzanne (Andrew Cranston; Alastair, Iain and Katie). Survived also by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary and Peter Tuer and predeceased by his brother Bill.

Born in 1931 and raised in Hamilton by Gaspé-born parents John James and Clara (Flynn), Jack had many happy childhood memories including those from his years at Cathedral High. He graduated from the University of Toronto (Chemical Engineering) in 1955. After working for Procter and Gamble and Dare Foods, he and Marg, a fellow U of T graduate whom he married in 1957, moved their five young daughters to Ottawa in 1964 where Jack began a fulfilling career in the Federal Public Service holding positions with the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce, Department of Finance and the Foreign Investment Review Agency.

Jack – whose motto could be summed up through one of his favourite sayings, ‘no static, no music’ – had far-reaching interests and an endless fascination with the world around him. His two lasting legacies are his deep involvement in his daughters’ lives at a time before it was popular to be a ‘hands-on dad’, including taking up skiing as an adult so that he could introduce them to the sport, and secondly, his profound love and respect for our mother and excellent management of her physical care, something that allowed them to embark together on extensive and memorable travels throughout Europe in their latter years.

We would like to thank family and friends who reached out to dad over the past several months. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. W., at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Friday, January 25 from 5 - 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. W on Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. If desired please consider a donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (


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ken kavanat 

Entered January 23, 2019 from

wonderful memories of jack and marg and the 5 young girls
he was a devoted father and im sure must have been a doting grandfather

Sandra Hanington 

Entered January 24, 2019 from Toronto

I was sad to see the news of your dad's passing - and instantly thrown back in memory to our family's early days in Ottawa with you all. Janice and I remember you warmly - unfortunately dad passed away late in 2017 and mum has been suffering from dementia for some time, but I know they would both have wanted to have their sympathies sent to you.

Wish that I could be with you at the service, but I'm traveling out of the country right now. My thoughts will be with you.

With great affection,
Sandra Hanington

Valerie & Joe Lemieux 

Entered January 24, 2019 from Toronto

Beth and family,

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. What a legacy your father left. May you find comfort in each other in the days ahead.

Jack Tennier 

Entered January 24, 2019

So sorry to hear about Jack.
Always loved the beautiful family.
Keeping you Marg and the family
in my prayers.
God Bless

michelle montminy 

Entered January 24, 2019

Roger and I would like to offer our condolences to the Tennier family at the loss of their great Dad Jack.

The Montminy family has such fond memories of Mr Tennier and all the love and joy he gave in his life to everyone - not just his family.

Much love
Michelle Montminy Banting


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