Passed away peacefully with his family by his side at Royal Rose Retirement Home in Welland on Sunday,
December 22, 2019 at the age of 90 years. Beloved husband of Nancy (Carpenter). Dear and loving father of Julie Gibson, Christine Curran, John Curran (Colleen) and Andrea MacIntosh (Greg). Much loved stepfather to Sue Andrews (Harry) and Barb Berketo ( Brian Leonard) Cherished grandfather of Colin Braun (Kristi), Kara Balaga, Liam Gibson (Alisha), Emma Gibson, Kenneth Czaplicki (Krystle), Michael Czaplicki (Michelle), Kelsey Provencher (Sacha), Keigan Curran, Johnny Curran, Brittany Baranski (Mike) and Kyle Lucas (Torin). Loved step-grandfather to Sarah & Phillip Andrews and Dryden & Noah Berketo. Great grandfather of Kylee Brooksbank, Madison Braun, Devyn Braun, Kourtney Balaga, Thorin Balaga, Tripp Balaga, Adam John Gibson, Cecilia Gibson, Emerson Gibson, Grace Czaplicki, Kazimier Czaplicki, Emily Czaplicki, Sawyer Provencher, James Baranski and Bowen Lucas. John was predeceased by his first wife Joan Curran in 1999. Dearly missed by his brother Ged Curran (Sylvia) of Oldham, England and brother-in-law, Harry Shaw of Thorold.
John was an electrician at General Motors St. Catharines for 30 years. He was the co-founder of Pelham Soccer in the early 1970's and went on to coach many teams in the Niagara region. He coached the E.L. Crossley girls' soccer team, taking them to Hawaii in 2001 and to OFSSA in 2002 when he was well into his 70's. He was a proud member of the Robert Wood Singers and the Velvetones. John was a devoted member of the St. Alexander's Catholic Church choir where he served as cantor for more than 40 years. He loved playing golf and was a great supporter of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Manchester United FC and the Oldham Athletics (Latics). John was also a member of the Pelham Probus Club. John and Nancy travelled the world making many wonderful friends and memories. John's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Royal Rose Place for their outstanding care and compassion.
Family and friends will gather at the PEDLAR FUNERAL HOME, 1292 Pelham Street, Fonthill on Friday, December 27th from 3 - 6:00 pm. The Funeral Mass will take place at St. Alexander's Catholic Church, 50
Pelham Town Square, Fonthill on Saturday, December 28th beginning at 10:30 am. Rite of Committal will follow at Fonthill Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Steve Ludzik Parkinson's Foundation or the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Online condolences may be shared at www.pedlarfuneralhome.ca