Reverend John William Houston II
Oct 19, 1931 – April 6, 2022
Fats, Dim, Lips, Bim, Fatboy, Dad, Gramps, all monikers that he would respond to with great enthusiasm because he knew it was coming from somebody he loved and someone who loved him. And if you were so fortunate or unfortunate to get the response with the “eyes” going then you knew fun was about to ensue, usually associated with the biggest lie he could come up with on the spot. What a great long life he lived! The Pope came to visit him when dad was the President of the Toronto Conference for the United Church and shook dad’s hand, lucky Pope. The Chinese Ambassador came to have tea with us when we lived in the Bethune house, lucky ambassador. He was a mystery guest on Front Page Challenge, lucky panel. The German’s requested he was part of a delegation that went over there for meetings, lucky Germans. Everyone who was lucky to have met dad during his ninety years was lucky!
The luckiest people of all were the love of his life Barbara (2019) and the horde they started, who will truly miss them both, Wendy (Rudy), John (Nancy), Beth (Yola), Mark, Ted (Jojo), Jill, which begat presents our parents truly enjoyed, the grandchildren: Michael (Measa), Hilary, William (Brittany), Jake (Liz), Ollie, Becca (Graeme), Mac, Madelaine, Ben, Matt, and Cami (Matt), followed by the great grandchildren, Caleb and Roran. We were lucky enough to know him and mom the longest so we are truly lucky and shall remember both with great fondness and love in our hearts.
Goodbye Fats, Dim, Lips, Bim, Fatboy, Dad, Gramps, congratulations on a life well lived!
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 24th at 1:30pm at Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst.
Memorial contributions to a charity of your choice greatly appreciated.
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It will also be viewable after the service.