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John Douglas Percival
July 12, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Douglas Percival, 98, at St. Joseph’s Hospice. John is survived by son Stephen (Shirley), grandchildren Jennifer Rinaldo (Mark), Brian Percival (Desiree), great-grandchildren Madeline, Ben, Charlotte Rinaldo. Also survived by sisters, Lenore Capeau, Jean Smith and brother Bob Percival (Jeannette). John was predeceased by his wife of 71 years Vivian, sister June Harkins (Don) and brothers Clifford (Dorothy) and Roy(Hazel).

John loved tofly. He earned his pilot’s licence in 1956 and shortly thereafter started building his own airplane. The 10 year project was completed in 1970 and he enjoyed his hobby of flying until the age of 90. He was a founding member of the local COPA flight-7 Unit and was always active in club events.

A WWII veteran, John, served overseas in Italy and Holland. Wounded during the Italian campaign he returned to action and was always proud to have been able to participate in the liberation of Holland. He returned to visit several times after the war. Asa member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62, the Saturday meat raffles were always a mainstay for family gatherings.

John spent a lifetime making memories. He will be missed by many.

A special thankyou to the nurses at Bluewater Health Medical, Dr. Kim, and the staff and volunteers at St. Joseph’s Hospice for their kind and compassionate care.

Cremation and interment at Lakeview Cemetery has taken place. There will be a celebration of life for family and friends at a later date. Condolences may be expressed through donations to COPA Flight-7 Sarnia and the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.

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