John Charles Landry
Obituary for John Charles Landry
John Charles Landry, Age 85 of Halifax, died on June 30, 2020.
Son of the late Dr. Joseph T. and Agnes Landry of Halifax, John was born into a physically active family that sparked the outdoor interests he would enjoy throughout his life. He swam, skated, curled, skied, biked and hiked at every opportunity but most of all he loved the beach and was happiest at the cottage in Queensland. Many beachgoers will remember him as the guy with the flippers who swam out beyond the buoys and did laps along the beach.
He began his working career at the Household Finance Company and returned to Saint Mary’s University to complete a Bachelor of Commerce and a degree in Education. He taught at Queen Elizabeth High School before joining the Business Administration teaching staff at Dartmouth Vocational School where he would stay until his retirement as a Vice Principal at the Akerley Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College in 1994. He also taught bookkeeping in the Halifax continuing education program for many years.
In his wife Colleen, John found the love of his life and the ideal partner. Their interests, determination and work ethic were entirely in sync. Whatever they did, they did it as a team and they worked at it whole-heartedly. Child raising, home repair, helping friends; they did it together. Their shared sense of humour was the bond that kept them laughing together for over 53 years. They put down deep roots on Arlington and in Queensland where their neighbours became life-long friends.
John was openly proud of his children and grandchildren and supportive of their goals and accomplishments.
John’s curiosity and interest in other people was legendary. He engaged everyone he met in conversation and collected their stories and family histories. (His family referred to these meetings as interrogations.) He was particularly interested in construction and felt that an open building site was an invitation to visit. It is safe to say that if you have constructed a home on Saint Margaret’s Bay in the last 40 years, John has probably enjoyed a full inspection led by your carpenter whom John had befriended.
He will be deeply missed by his children Mary Lou (Lauchlin Meagher), Patrick (Shelly Meider); grandchildren Austin, Gus and Spencer; brothers Joe and Peter; sister Linda Partington and many other loving relatives and friends. John was predeceased by his wife Colleen (Courtney); his son Christopher; sisters, Lila Gray and Nancy Hubley; brother Paul.
Cremation has taken place. Funeral will be held at 11 am on July 10th at St. Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Road, Halifax. Due to Covid-19 restrictions no reception will be held. Covid-19 may make you feel uncomfortable about attending a funeral and if you wish to honour John’s memory in your own way, we suggest a walk on the beach, a long bike ride or a conversation with a stranger.
The family would like to thank Dr. Rockwood, Catherine-Anne Murray and Terri Buckland of the Geriatric Ambulatory Care Clinic for mapping out our path and helping us find our way. We offer our deep gratitude to Cindy Bishop, Kayla Burton, Ethel Mooney, and Darlene Nickerson for caring for John at home. We are thankful for the Palliative Care Team at the VG for their exceptional kindness and attentiveness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
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