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John Campbell McBrearty

1962 – 2021

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Due to the current circumstances, a private family service will be held in the Lamarre & Son Funeral Home’s Chapel, Alfred, Ontario.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Campbell McBrearty of Rockland, Ontario, on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the age of 59.  Devoted husband and best friend to Lynn Robinson McBrearty, fiercely dedicated father of Jake and Harper. Cherished son of John B. and Sheila (nee Campbell) McBrearty. Much loved brother to Dawn (Greg), Mark, Patrick (Chantal) and Allison (Kirk).  Dear son-in-law to the late Allie and Colleen (nee Clark) Robinson, brother-in-law to Dan (Sue), Joanne (Paul) and Lesley Robinson (Dan). Loving uncle to nieces and nephews, Kiera, Amanda and Ian Boyd, Haydon and Matthew Robinson, Maggie and Anne McBrearty, Ben and Grace Hiel. Dear nephew of Ian Campbell, Donald and Mary McBrearty, Nona (nee McBrearty) and Michael Burnett.

An Honours graduate of the University of Ottawa, John was a gifted writer, musician, and communications professional. An avid golfer and tennis partner, he loved sports, studied, coached, and played them well. A committed family man, he will be missed deeply by extended family and friends.

Due to the current circumstances, a private family service will be held in the Lamarre & Son Funeral Home’s Chapel, 453 St. Philippe Street, Alfred, Ontario, (613) 679-2802.

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    • Karl Roeder Posted 2022-01-18 2:25 pm

      From an old high school friend, I remember John’s energy and passion, his easy laugh, his talent as a musician. Gone too soon, deep condolences to Lynn and family, and the entire McBrearty family.

    • Sue Lajeunesse Posted 2022-01-16 8:47 am

      So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He will be dearly missed. (Co-worker from Loomis Express)

    • Paul Martin Posted 2022-01-14 6:40 pm

      My family and I are extremely saddened to hear the news of Johns passing. We are new to Rockland and we’re lucky enough to have had him as our neighbor. Rest easy John

    • Jessica Posted 2022-01-13 4:19 pm

      I am very sorry for your lost, my thoughts are with you

    • Glenn Loubert and Family Posted 2022-01-11 5:08 pm

      To Lynn, Jake, Harper, the McBrearty Family, the Robinson Family,

      Our sincerest condolences to all of you. John was a special person who will surely be missed. Wishing you love and strength as you deal with your great sadness.

      Sincerely,
      Glenn, Sandra, Emma and Jackson

    • MALCOLM BRADLEY Posted 2022-01-11 10:00 am

      John was a special man to all. I will miss him. My deepest sympathy to Lynn, Jake, Harper, and the whole family.
      Love, Malcolm.

    • Ben and Lee-ann Posted 2022-01-10 11:39 pm

      Our deepest condolences to you Lynn, Jake , Harper and family. Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow . Thinking of you all in these difficult times .
      With love Ben, Lee-Ann , Darren and Ryan

    • Glenn Loubert Posted 2022-01-10 1:08 pm

      Confident and competent, a real Renaissance man, John was seemingly good at everything he tried: sports, music, writing. He had an uncanny ability to understand the essence of things as only a true artist can. I admired him and I loved him. We spent a magical afternoon together this past summer playing golf…just the two of us on the back 9 at Bearbrook. I had my best round ever and I know it was because of John’s special way of explaining things and the way he made me feel. I believe John may have missed his true calling as he would have made a great teacher. You know, the ones who not only help you learn, but inspire you and make you feel special. It’s impossible to talk about John without including the whole McBrearty family who opened their hearts and their home to both Dave and I when we began playing music with John and Mark back in high school. Those years were and still are very, very special to me. I love them all very much and I mourn with them over the loss of John.

    • Michelle and Carl Posted 2022-01-10 10:15 am

      To Lynn, Jake and Harper; my deepest sympathies to you in this very difficult time. John was such a nice person to everyone and will be dearly missed. It was always fun to around him. RIP John

    • LISA Posted 2022-01-10 9:19 am

      Dear Lynn, Jake and Harper, Uncle John, Aunty Sheila, Dawn, Mark, Pat and Ally,
      It is with profound sadness that we extend to you our deepest and sincere condolences. May you find pease and solace in your precious memories spent together. They will support and sustain you,
      RIP John
      With Love,
      Lisa, Amara and Brian

    • Kim Parker Posted 2022-01-10 7:30 am

      I am shocked and so sad to hear this news. So many great memories with John playing slow pitch, listening to him play music, visits to Georgetown, golfing and many more. He was a gentle soul and will be greatly missed. Lynn, I send you a big hug.

    • Andrea Shabinsky-Borer Posted 2022-01-09 8:07 pm

      Lynn Jake and Harper. I’m sooo terribly sorry for your loss. May your memories of John comfort you at this very sad time.

    • Lorna McFall Posted 2022-01-09 4:11 pm

      My deepest sympathy Lynn, Jake, Harper, Colleen and McBrearty families.
      So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. ❤️
      God Bless, Lorna

    • Donald Shane & Family Posted 2022-01-09 11:14 am

      My heartfelt condolences go out to Lynn, Jake, Harper, and all the Robinson and McBrearty families. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this sorrowful time. May His memories and Love keep you and hold you as time goes on, and may God hold Him in his Arms until You meet again. May He rest in peace.

    • Manon & Victor Posted 2022-01-09 10:19 am

      We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with the family.

    • Paula Waddell Posted 2022-01-08 6:13 pm

      Lynn
      I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from the love of family and friends. Sending you and the kids a big hug.
      Paula

    • Marlene Scott Posted 2022-01-08 2:43 pm

      My deepest sympathy to Colleen and family. RIP

    • Larry and Bev Wilson Posted 2022-01-08 2:03 pm

      Hello John and Sheila,
      So sorry to read of your son’s passing…at such a young age. have lost your tel # and email address so we are passing our thoughts on to you this way. Trust you are both well and that Sheila has fully recovered from her accident. We are both doing fine, still at our home in Manotick.
      Take care and our thoughts will be with you.
      Sincerely, Bev and Larry Wilson

    • Sheila Robinson Posted 2022-01-08 10:48 am

      Dear Lynn,Jake and Harper, Just can’t find the right words to express how really really sorryI am to learn of John passing.He was just one of the nephews and nieces we. Enjoyed having around when we’d all be together.. Remember Lynn I’m here for you at anytime .Going to miss my Little Man.John give hugs to all those that have gone before you.Love you.A. Sheila

    • Brian Mallon Posted 2022-01-08 9:35 am

      Dear Lynn – so shocked and saddened to learn of John’s passing. My sincere condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    • Kimberly Seguin & Claude Drolet Posted 2022-01-07 10:34 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss, thinking of you all and holding you close in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Gaétan Forget Posted 2022-01-07 1:56 pm

      I was heartbroken when I heard the news. John was a great coach and one of the nicest person I’ve known. My deepest sympathies to the family. He will be missed.

    • Alain and Chantal Posted 2022-01-07 8:32 am

      Our deepest condolences to Lynn, Harper and Jake. John was a great father, a great coach and a great guy, you will be missed, RIP John

    • Guy,Aline and Nadia Posted 2022-01-07 7:14 am

      To you Lynn your son and Harper thinking of you all during this difficult time. The world has lost a kind man. Deepest condolences

    • Camryn Posted 2022-01-06 9:41 pm

      My sincerest condolences, John was an amazing hockey coach & man. He was always so kind and always believed in me. I will cherish every memory and keep you all in my thoughts❤️ John will be missed by many & never forgotten.

    • Jacinthe ,Alexi, Alyssa, Ariane Forget Posted 2022-01-06 9:20 pm

      Our deepest and sincere condolences to the family. He was a great hockey coach for the girls and a good mentor . Only good memories. Our thoughts are with you in those difficult times.So sorry for your lost.

    • Chantal Posted 2022-01-06 8:51 pm

      So heartbreaking. He was an inspiration to all our girls on the ice. My thoughts are with the family xox

    • Dan and Chantal Duford Posted 2022-01-06 8:18 pm

      We are heartbroken to hear this news. John was a wonderful friend and coach and we have fond memories of him. Sending our love to his family.

    • Marlene and Judy Posted 2022-01-06 4:41 pm

      Dear John, Sheila and family,
      Judy and I send our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. ❤️

    • Claudia & Terry (Strike) Seed Posted 2022-01-06 1:58 pm

      John and Sheila our deepest sympathies to you and your family at this difficult time.

    • Ronnie & Betty Seguin Posted 2022-01-06 12:03 pm

      Our heartfelt condolences to Lynn, Jake, Harper and the McBrearty family for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and may John Rest In Peace.

    • Mike and Caroline Posted 2022-01-06 8:46 am

      John ….better known as Dad. A son‘s first hero, a daughters first love. His wife’s soulmate and best friend. Our hearts are broken. John was so much for so many., He was a son, a big brother, an uncle a cousin and nephew. Brother-in-law, son-in-law. A coworker and colleague, teacher, coach and friend. We are all left with precious memories that time will never take away… Lynn, Jake and Harper you are forever in our thoughts, stay strong during these trying times.
      All our love Mike, Caroline , Shawn and Dania

    • Sophie Parisien Posted 2022-01-05 6:50 pm

      Beautifully written obituary for such a beautiful soul.

      John and Dave were kindred spirits who shared many wonderful moments together throughout their years of friendship. As we journey through this immense loss with you, we will hang on to those precious memories, and continue to remember and celebrate John’s life.

      Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Lynn, Jake, Harper, Mr. & Mrs. McB, Dawn, Mark, Pat, Ali, the entire McB/Robinson family, and everyone else who loved John.

      Sendings lots or love, strength and courage your way,

      Dave (Leigh), Sophie, Catrina, Olivia and Jasmine xo

    • Jim Skippen Posted 2022-01-05 5:04 pm

      John and I are the same age and we spent a lot of time together in our late teens and early 20s. I remember that we both started University on the same day and went in together. John was a very bright and witty person and I enjoyed his company immensely. As others have mentioned he was a talented musician and he taught me a number of things on the guitar. More recently we went to the Van Halen concert the last time they played in Ottawa and we spoke a year or so ago after Eddie Van Halen’s passing. It is .a shock to me that he is gone and my heart goes out to his family. He will be missed.

    • Mark Allen Posted 2022-01-05 4:57 pm

      Many years ago, word got out that a new family had moved onto our block with not one, but TWO guitarists. John and Mark both, triply blessed with talent, dashingly good looks and charm changed the game for anyone who called themselves a musician in our circles. John made me a better drummer, not just because he was so good that I had better up my game if I wanted to be in his league, but also because he and Mark attracted a broader base of musicians that were intimidatingly talented. John had a dignified gravity that’s hard to put into words, he was just someone you wanted to be around.
      We were of course just kids then, but we were a community and shared a common goal: Rock Star. There was no nobler pursuit for us at that age, perhaps still. While some of us realized some degree of that dream, John was, and remains, in a league of his own.
      Rest in peace John, and may your family and friends bask in their memories of you. Your old friend, Mark.

    • Bruce Walker Posted 2022-01-05 3:22 pm

      Lynn,Jake and Harper
      My heart goes out to you all. John was a wonderful human being . I’m so sorry for your loss. May John Rest In Peace.

    • Michael Ng Posted 2022-01-05 12:14 pm

      Dear McBrearty family. I am deeply saddened to hear about John’s passing. I grew up with Pat since middle school and initially knew John as simply Pat’s older brother. Over the years, John and I also developed a friendship based on our common love for sports. I have fond memories of us playing together on our “Good Ol’ Boys” fastball team, where he was one of our top clutch hitters and an overall terrific teammate. I enjoyed our time golfing together and having extensive online chats during major golf events. I will always remember John as a talented and knowledgeable sportsman, a gifted musician, and an overall good guy. My deepest condolences to the entire McBrearty family. Sincerely, Mike Ng

    • Mike & Nona Posted 2022-01-05 10:55 am

      Dear Lynn, Jake and Harper,
      With profound sadness we learned of your beloved John’s passing.
      We are certain that your love and devotion to him enriched all his days as treasured times and memories with him will continue to bring warmth and brightness into your world.
      We can know that nothing that is loved is ever lost, and no one who has ever touched a heart can really pass away, because some beauty lingers on in each memory of which they have been apart.
      Know that the great love of family and friends will comfort you in the difficult days ahead..
      Look after yourself, take time to heal and know that you are loved.
      In love and deepest sympathy,
      Mike & Nona

    • Dave Skippen Posted 2022-01-05 10:15 am

      John and I were bandmates, co-workers at International Musicland, and great friends. When John and Mark moved to our street, word spread like wildfire about these two guitarists from Montreal who could play Van Halen exactly like Eddie. After seeing John play for 5 minutes, I asked him to be in a band and we had so much fun together for years. He had the sharpest wit and could do imitations that left me in stitches. I was so happy to see him outside the family home last October and we ended up catching up on the good times until it got dark. We talked guitars, our old girlfriends, playing Cairine Wilson High School, and possibly getting him to come to record at Wally’s with his signature vintage Gibson RD. He was such a kind-hearted guy. The entire McBrearty family was always so kind to my brother and I. I will always cherish my many fond memories of John. Goodbye my friend!

    • Ronnie & Joanne McCormick Posted 2022-01-05 9:56 am

      It is with great sadness that we heard about the passing of Colleen son-in-law John. We’re offering our deapest sympathies to Colleen, his wife Lynn and his two sons Jake and Harper. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all in this time of sorrow.

    • Brent Homan Posted 2022-01-05 9:53 am

      Dear Lynn and Mark, I am very sorry to hear of John’s passing and am thinking of you and your families. All my love, Brent

    • Marilyne Carriere Posted 2022-01-05 9:34 am

      My deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family Lynn. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time, please take care of yourself ❤️

    • Steve Manashe Posted 2022-01-05 9:33 am

      Hi Lynn and family,
      So sorry to hear about your loss. I hope you take the time require to care for yourselves and each other.

    • Lucie Lalonde Posted 2022-01-05 9:20 am

      My sincere condolences to you and your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Thinking of you.

    • Nathalie Tessier Posted 2022-01-05 9:14 am

      Lynn, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    • Annik Carre Posted 2022-01-05 9:12 am

      Lynn, I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength. My most sincere condolences. Please take care of yourself.

    • Chantal Fauvelle Posted 2022-01-05 7:18 am

      Lynn, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please take care of yourself.

    • Christine Robinson Posted 2022-01-04 8:50 pm

      The sadness is overwhelming and so tragic, sending my deepest sympathy to Lynn, Jake and Harper and other family members in this difficult time. Cherish the memories which you hold close to your heart ❤️

    • John and Sarah Armstrong Posted 2022-01-04 8:40 pm

      Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Lynn, Harper, Jake and the entire McBrearty family. A super intelligent, talented, soft spoken man with an a mischievous twinkle in his eye.
      Our thoughts are with you during this extremely difficult time.

    • Geraldine & Richard Maisonneuve Posted 2022-01-04 6:39 pm

      Our deepest sympathy Lynn and family.

    • Lisa Fudge and Lance Lunetta Posted 2022-01-04 6:34 pm

      Thinking of you all during this difficult time. What an exceptional husband, father, son, brother and friend John was and how loved he obviously is. Wishing his friends and family strength and peace in the coming months.

    • Anna & Garrett & Famiky Posted 2022-01-04 6:31 pm

      So sorry for your loss, Lynn, Jake and Harper. Hugs and Prayers from the McGillis’s

    • Ahmad Hassan Posted 2022-01-04 6:27 pm

      Please accept my deepest sympathy during these tragic times. John was an amazing colleague and a wonderful friend. He played an important role in his career with NorthStar and will definitely be missed by all staff. John and I shared some wonderful moments at work, outside of work and during travels. I will cherish these moments and conversations forever.

      My thoughts and condolences are with Lynn, Jake and Harper, and the rest of the family. I wanted to write and let you know that you and your family are in my prayers right now.

      I am very sorry for your loss.

    • Shane McFall Posted 2022-01-04 6:22 pm

      Dear Lynn
      We want to express our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this most difficult time.

    • Marc Godin (NorthStar’s CFO an a colleague of John) Posted 2022-01-04 5:20 pm

      John was an exceptional colleague, a sensitive human, and a gifted writer and communications professional. John gave us the extreme pleasure to join us in the creation of NorthStar six years ago and made his mark with the NorthStar initial video and the ensuing prospectus / offering memorandum. Losing John now brings to me the same tears and emotion that I experienced when I was so proud to see the corporate video he had created for us. My thoughts and sincere condolences are with Lynn, Jake and Harper, and the rest of your family. Surely, John will be missed, but we can all be proud of what he accomplished and how he impacted each of our lives. Farewell, dear John, your friend Marc.

    • Dan O’Connell & Pamela Bangma Posted 2022-01-04 2:26 pm

      John was a valuable colleague and a great friend. An accomplished writer, a talented musician, a quick wit, and a pleasure to be around. All who knew him at NorthStar will never forget him. John may be gone, but our memories of him will continue to inspire us moving forward. Our deepest sympathies to all his family and loved ones.

    • The Anderson family Posted 2022-01-03 11:43 pm

      We are so very sorry for your tragic loss.
      In our hearts and prayers. Love to you all.

    • Mary, Shawn, Kurt (Chelsey) & Kate Johnston Posted 2022-01-03 7:59 pm

      Lynn, Jake, Harper & Family, please accept our deepest sympathy. John will surely be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.

    • Bernice Benson & family Posted 2022-01-03 7:25 pm

      Please accept our heartfelt sympathy at this tragic time Lynn. May many happy memories help
      to sustain each and every one of you in the weeks and months to come… my thoughts and
      prayers are with you always.
      Sincerely and with much sorrow for your loss.