In Celebration of

John Landy Plunkett

October 5, 1931 -  January 7, 2024

John Landy Plunkett died early in the morning on Sunday, January 7th at the age of 92. John lived a full, rich life. From his early adventures as a water taxi driver on Centre Island to managing and growing a small business in downtown Toronto (Landy’s Church Supplies), to becoming a savvy dividend investor, he displayed a willingness and talent to enter into and conquer any new challenge.

However, his greatest adventure and smartest decision was marrying a young Mary Strauss. For sixty years they have danced through life’s challenges with a shared sense of purpose, spiced with humour and marked by love. Anyone who had the privilege to witness the interplay between them was blessed by the experience. They had rewarding work lives and travelled extensively but the bond they shared was the magic at the heart of their lives.

Although having no children, John and Mary “adopted”, mentored, loved and financially supported an ever growing number of nieces and nephews who have been forever marked by their love and kindness. Over large family dinners held at their home, stories were spun, debates were conducted, and wisdom dispensed. Always at the heart of these gatherings was the importance of family.

Outside of his relationship with Mary, John’s commitment to his Catholic faith was the other core component of his life. Through his early education at St. Michael’s Choir School and De La Salle Secondary School, his years of service at St. Gregory’s Parish, and his forty years working in leadership roles with the Serra Club, his devout Catholicism was worn proudly and lived daily.

John will be deeply missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have met him but especially by Mary and the Calzavara, O’Gorman, and Plunkett families he “adopted”, mentored and loved.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Gregory’s Parish, 122 Rathburn Rd., Etobicoke, ON, M9B 2K6 on Wednesday, January 17th at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to Dorothy Ley Hospice or Serra Club of Toronto.


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Patricia Bawtinheimer (Forsey) (Friend)

Entered January 13, 2024 from Mt. Albert, Ontario

Dear Mary, remembering John. He was a part of our lives growing up on the Island & later in Oakville. My heart felt condolences & love to you. Pat

Bob and Sandra Forsey (“nephew”)

Entered January 13, 2024 from Peterborough

Saddened to read about “uncle” John. He was a dear family friend from our early days on Toronto Island. We were blessed to have seen him intermittently at my mothers birthday parties over the years. I have a picture of him and Mary with my mother on our mantle. ❤️

Sincere condolences to Mary and their friends…

Bob Forsey


Entered January 13, 2024 from etobicoke


Joan Semple (Cousin)

Entered January 14, 2024 from Toronto

I am so sorry to hear of John's death. Though I hadn't seen him very much in recent years, I will always remember him as such a lovely man. He was the epitome of kindness & thoughtfulness. He was my mom's cousin (Mary Marg Plunkett) & therefore mine as well. He and his brother Arnie were regular visitors to our childhood home & they always brought extra joy to the mayhem & chaos of our large, Catholic household of 7 kids. We loved them both dearly. I send my deepest condolences to Mary.

Joan (Quigley) Semple

Marie (Quigley) Lytle (Cousin - daughter of Mary Margaret (Plunkett) Quigley)

Entered January 14, 2024 from Port Hope, ON

I am so sadden to hear of John’s passing, and have so many fond memories. Of getting together with our Plunkett cousins when we were young, including playing under the hydro towers. John and Mary were at those gatherings, and also visited us often.

Mom would take us over to the Landy store when we were downtown and it was amazing to see all the statues, and things in the store. Before we left, John always made sure we had a new rosary to take home.

When Mom and Dad moved to Port Hope, John and Mary visited often - stopping for coffee or going out for supper at the local fish and seafood restaurant. I often got a chance to see them too.

They exchanged Christmas cards every year, and when Mom passed away I continued the tradition. This year’s card (Adeste Fideles) was just beautiful.


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