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127 Church Street
P.O. Box 370
Almonte, ON K0A 1A0
Phone: 1-613-256-3313
Fax: 1-613-256-6300
John Souter

John Randell Souter

Saturday, February 5th, 1944 - Thursday, March 21st, 2019
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John Randell
On Thursday, March 21, 2019, John lost a brave fight against cancer. He died at home, since that was his wish, after a fulfilling life of service to his family, his teaching career and his community.
John was born and raised in Johnshaven, a fishing village of 700 souls on the north-east coast of Scotland. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen, earning an M.A. in Geography.
After being interviewed in Edinburgh Scotland John arrived here in 1968, to begin his career teaching Geography at Almonte District High School and his life in Canada..

In 1973, John married a fellow teacher, Mary Lou Murphy, and together they made a formidable team, both within the school environment and the community. In 1980 they coordinated the Almonte Centennial Celebrations a nine day festival featuring more than 75 events.

Afterwards, John was elected to the first of three terms on Almonte Town Council where, as EDC Chairman, he negotiated the initial development of the town’s industrial park. He also dedicated hundreds of hours as the founder and first Chair of the North Lanark Highland Games, subsequently serving as a Director for more than 30 years.

John has been active in many community organizations, but is perhaps most proud of his time as Executive member and President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 240. John oversaw multiple renovation projects to its heritage building, collected the stories of veterans which he shared in a column for the Almonte Gazette, and partnered with ADHS staff and students to develop a WW II memory project which led to the publication of the book, “Age Shall Not Weary Them”.
John and Mary Lou were awarded the 2008 Mississippi Mills Cultural Volunteerism Award for their work on behalf of the community.

John was a proud and loving father to his sons and daughters-in-law – Dugald and Jodi, David and Valeria. He adored his grandchildren, Nea, Angus and Meaghan, and embraced the extended Murphy clan as his Canadian family.
Friends may visit to share memories at the
C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel,
127 Church Street, Almonte, Ontario. (613)256-3313
on Monday, April 1, 2019, from 2-4and 7-9 pm.
Legion Comrades are asked to assemble in the Funeral Home Chapel for a commemoration service on Monday, April 1, at 6:45 PM.
Friends and family are invited to a Ceilidh Celebrating John’s Life at the Legion Branch on Friday, April 12, from 6-9 pm with memories at 7:30 PM.

Donations in memory of John may be made to the Almonte Legion Branch 240.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, April 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, April 1st, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel,
    127 Church Street,
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, April 1st, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, April 1st, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    C. R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel,
    127 Church Street,
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    NOTE - A Legion Commemorative Service will be held in the C. R. Gamble Funeral Home Chapel at 6:45 PM. All Legion Comrades are welcome.
  • A Ceilidh Celebrating John's Life will be held from 6 to 9 PM

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 7:30pm
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 7:30pm
    Branch 240, Royal Canadian Legion - Almonte - Memories will be shared at 7:30 PM
    Address Not Available
    Service will be officiated by The Honourable Mister Justice Alan Sheffield
  • Interment

    Auld Kirk Cemetery
    Wolfgrove Road
    ALMONTE, Ontario K0A 1A0
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  • Royal Canadian Legion


Donations are being accepted for: Almonte Legion, Branch 240.


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Donald Wilcox

Posted at 09:18am
Comrade John, here is a Salute to you from other Comrades at Branch 63, Collingwood, Ontario. You served your country and your Branch well and all of your Comrades are proud of you. May you rest in peace. Lest we Forget!
Comrade Donald Wilcox
Branch 63, Collingwood

Cherylann Veale

Posted at 02:44pm
Dear Mary Lou and family,

My condolences on the loss of John. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kerry Badgley

Posted at 01:00pm
Dear Mary Lou and Family,

My deepest condolences. I wish you all strength and comfort during what must be a very difficult time.

Noreen Millar-Breen

Posted at 10:07am
Dear Mary Lou and family, Pat and I treasure our memories of time spent with your lovely family at Amys' house, sending big hugs to all

Wayne Taylor

Posted at 12:11pm
I had the good fortune of a chance meeting with John and Mary Lou some years ago on a summer's afternoon, in Bonavista, Newfoundland. I was working in the hospitality sector and they came into the establishment where I worked. I remember it being a very pleasant interlude with a nice conversation. Although there hasn't been any direct contact since then, just a few email moments, they have always remained within my thoughts. I am much saddened to hear of John's passing and extend my most sincere condolences to the family.
Wayne from Bonavista

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