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John Speirs

John Martin Speirs

December 28, 1937 - October 13, 2019
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Spiers, John
Passed away in the loving arms of Elaine his spouse for many years, with Abby his guarding fur baby by his side on October 13, 2019 at the age of 81 years. Father to Stacey Sheets (Jonathan), Stepfather of Joe Mailloux (Valerie Ross) and Nicole Mailloux (Todd Wilder). He will be missed tremendously by his grandchildren Jacob, Calvin, Cheyenne, and Catherine. Brother of Brian Speirs (Jan). John was a teacher at Kingsville DHS for many years and will be missed by many friends, colleagues and former students. A Celebration of John’s Life will take place at Vernon’s Tap and Grill (22 Main St E, Kingsville) on Friday October 18, 2019 from 2-6pm. Arrangements entrusted to Kendrick Funeral home (91 Division St. S. Kingsville)
Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to KDHS Millennium Scholarship Fund.
Condolences received at www. Kendrickfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 18, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 18, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Vernon's Tap and Grill
    Address
    22 Main St E
    Kingsville, Ontario N9Y 1A2
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    Please see family for details of visitation.

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Jen Mc

Posted at 04:50pm
When Mr. Speirs (my Retailing and Marketing teacher) and Mr. Ducharme (my French teacher) came through the visitation of my brother’s funeral 20 years ago, I sobbed and sobbed when I saw them. More than anyone else that came through that line of hundreds. Years later I really thought I should tell them how much their presence had meant to me.

Then Mr. Ducharme passed away. I was filled with regret thinking I should have told him. I decided I didn’t want to have regrets with Speirsy, the man who called me Muffin for sooooo many years. Even when he’d see my dad at the bar, he’d ask, “How’s Muffin?” (Every class, I’d show up with a fresh chocolate chip oatmeal muffin from the cafeteria.)

So about two years ago, I picked up a card. I wrote about the impact he and Mr. Ducharme had made so many years ago, how truly broken I was, and how seeing them there, meant so much to me. I still really don’t know why their presence in particular struck such a cord, but it had. There was no denying that. My face is tear-streaked just recalling those emotions.

I mailed the card. That week my phone rang. Call display told me it was John Speirs calling. My grade ten teacher was calling me. That day, Mr. Speirs and I had a thirty minute conversation. One that included him telling me how he appreciated that I’d reached out, how I had appreciated the gesture so many years ago, how his health was failing but every day that he woke up was a good day. He asked about my family and career and we spoke a bit about the past. It was truly a gift. To both of us I think.

While I’m filled with sadness tonight at the news that we’ve lost another great man, (I mean, hello? Best Quebec trip chaperone EVER!! 😆🤫🍹🍹🥳🤭), I’m left with no regrets. I hope Mr. Ducharme and maybe even Steve, were at those pearly gates to meet him, along with all those who loved this man. Especially all the Kingsville Cavaliers, and there are many, who have gone before us. Rest well, Sir. You will not ever be forgotten. Love, Muffin 💜💛💔💛💜
SR

Susan Rau

Posted at 09:44am
Dear Elaine;
So very sorry to hear of Johns passing. We sure had alot of fun on our trips to the casino and it was John who always gave up his afternoon to take us. Can't forget his sleep-overs when he was down our way. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Susan Rau
RK

Rick and Brenda Kellington

Posted at 06:48pm
Dear Elaine, Joe, Nicole and Family, we share in your loss and cherish all the times we shard boating, the Calgary Stampede and how much you loved flipping those pancakes at the stampede breakfast, coming out west for Vikki’s wedding and Rick’s 65th birthday. I (Brenda) will miss sharing fried bologna sandwiches and your boisterous rendition of “One day at a time sweet Jesus, one day at a time”. You and dad can now share fried bologna sandwiches and now you are with Sweet Jesus. You are greatly missed ❤️ Rick and Brenda
BR

Brent & Wendy Reid

Posted at 11:44am
Elaine I am so sorry to read of John's passing. I remember him well from my time at KDHS. His warm laughter will be missed by many. I hope that in time, your memories will help to ease your pain. (Wendy Reid)
P

Palmer

Posted at 08:17am
Our prayers are with you and your family at this time. May you find strength from those around and the memories you cherish. God Bless always. Arnie & Lenore Palmer
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