It is with heartfelt sadness that the family of John Botter announce his passing at the age of 89 years, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. He will be dearly missed by the love of his life for 67 years, Dorothy, whom he met while playing hockey for the Renfrew Millionaires in the Senior Hockey League. Also left behind are son David (Lori), daughter Christina (Keven) and son Gary (Melinda). He was the proud Nonno of Madison (Taylor), Blake, Mitchell and Joel. John is survived by many nieces and nephews and the Reynolds families. He was predeceased by his father Primo, his mother Maria, his step-mother Carmel and by his brothers Ardolino, Livio and Avelino.
John was a master carpenter who could take a pile of wood and create any project people requested. He was a hard-working man of few words who lived with integrity and class. John had a great love of baseball, particularly, his beloved New York Yankees. He was also an avid hockey fan, following the hometown Guelph Storm each year. He spent many a day either collecting pennies, rolling them and putting them in the hidden safe or chasing squirrels away. John also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, sitting for hours just to complete a difficult area and to find the piece that fit into that spot.
The family would like to thank St. Mary’s Hospital staff and Dr. Campbell for their care and support these last weeks of his life and to Hospice Wellington for their care and kindness.
Friends are invited to meet with the family at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph, on Friday, June 28, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Vigil for John will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 6:45 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church, 175 Emma St., Guelph, on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. As expressions of sympathy in John’s honour, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or to Holy Rosary Church would be appreciated by the family. Cards are available at the funeral home (519-822-4731) and condolences may be sent to www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com