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845 Devonshire Ave
Woodstock, ON N4S 8Z4
Phone: 519-539-0004
Fax: 519-539-0849
John Spinks

John Michael Spinks

Tuesday, November 17th, 1953 - Sunday, April 28th, 2019
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SPINKS, John Michael - November 17 1953 - April 28
2019. Died suddenly and tragically at his happy place, his cabin, in North Cobalt, Ontario with Nicole and Ben by his side.
Survived by his wife of 34 years Julie, daughter Nicole (Ben), son Mykel (fiancée Lindsay), daughter Micheala Weir (fiancée Rob), son Kevin (wife Tabatha), granddaughter Faith Weir, son-in-law Paul Weir, niece Yvonne Mallinson, and siblings Susan and Keith in England. Predeceased by his parents Margaret and Lewis Spinks, brothers Joseph and David, father and mother-in-law Don and Catherine Donaldson. John was a millwright and retired in April 2016 from Johnson Controls. John had a great sense of humour and was immensely proud of his children. His political views could always strike great conversations. Friends and relatives are invited to visit with the family for a celebration of John’s life on Saturday May 11th, 2019 from 2 to 4pm at the Brock and Visser Funeral Home, 845 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock (519-539-0004). Many thanks to all emergency personnel and first responders in Temiskaming for their response and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Victim Services of Temiskaming and District or Woodstock Hospital Foundation and can be made through the funeral home. Personal online condolences at
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    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, May 11th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Brock and Visser Funeral Home
    845 Devonshire Ave.
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George Douglas

Posted at 10:51am
Dear Julie & Family
Diane and I were saddened to hear about the tragic death of John. We have happy and joyful memories of John as being always cheerful, even tempered, level headed, and jolly. The type of chap that you would want your daughter to marry. May God and the caring love and thoughts from others help you to get through your sorrow.
My prayer is that you feel God's love and comfort as you mourn the loss of John.
George & Diane Douglas.
Praying for you during this time of loss.

Kevin Ascott

Posted at 05:58am
Julie and family, Being neighbours in the Valley it was the first place I met John, and although we didn't know each other very well from the first time I walked into meet you guys I knew we were among good people. In the short time since we met the conversations we had I got to know that words or sayings in England have a slightly different meaning in Canada. The first one that comes to mind is "bicycle," I can't repeat it here but I will always cherish the translation!
I was incredibly shocked in disbelief at the news and so very sorry for you guys.
Every hug, every smile, every tear takes away a small piece of the pain and I'm sending them all your way.
Sending strength to weather the storm. Will be with you guys in spirit as time passes, stay strong, stay family!

Kevin and Brenda Ascott

Dermot Peacock

Posted at 04:25pm
Julie mom just told us about John we are so sorry .I wish there was something more we could do for you but you will be in our thoughts .In reading about John I wish we could of known him better, he looks to be a very loved and respected man .
with our love
Dermot and Mary Ann peacock

Shirley Reimer

Posted at 10:08pm
Dear Julie aka BFF,
When you first told me on the phone on Monday that John had died, I remember saying "You mean your husband, John?" That was such a stupid thing to say. I just couldn't believe it. I'm still in shock and feeling deep sorrow for your loss. You and I have been through so many joys and sorrows together since we met in Grade 1 over 50 years ago.

I knew John from the time you began dating and thought you were really good for each other. I liked John for his witty, outgoing personality, his kindness and caring, and the lively conversations he enjoyed being part of. John loved the outdoors and I have many fond memories of hiking trails and sitting around those fabulous, massive bonfires in your backyard. He also had a true passion for gardening which he shared with you in creating beautiful landscaping around your property. John was also a perfectionist and hard-working handyman. He took great pride in his work doing renovations for many people, myself included. You and John spent many hours renovating your own home which was an ongoing passion for both of you.

John was very supportive of his family and could be counted on to tell everyone what he really thought. John was also an avid movie watcher and book reader and was particularly interested in war stories. I always felt he was extremely proud of his British heritage. I always enjoyed listening to his British accent and the British expressions he'd use which sometimes needed translation. Julie, you could make the best roast beef and Yorkshire pudding which John loved as did anyone lucky enough to be invited for your British feast.

I know that the cabin up north was the most perfect spot for John to spend "quality" time. Even your dog would agree to that. For many years, John had suffered from devastating back pain which made even everyday chores a challenge. Building that cabin was truly a labour of love and I'm sure that John would be grateful to know he was there for his final days on earth. And he will no longer be in pain - a small blessing. Julie, I know you loved him, even when things got "challenging", and I'm glad you had shared 34 years together. As always, I'm only a phone call away, whether we talk for a few minutes or a few hours. Please extend my sincerest sympathies to Nicole, Mykel, Michaela and Spike and all their partners and grandchildren. I share in your sorrow and fond memories of John.

With much love,
Your Life-Long Friend, Shirley Reimer

Ted Hoyle

Posted at 07:56am
My condolences to the family. I’m so sorry for your lose. Mykel has told me stories from his dads cabin and how much it meant to him and to Mykel. I’m sure each time you go to the cabin it will bring back the great memories it was built to make

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