John Handy

John Handy

Saturday, October 4th, 1930 Friday, October 4th, 2019

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Obituary for John Albert Handy

Handy, John Albert (Retired teacher - ODSS)
Peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of 65 years to Doris Jean Handy. Dear father of Heather Speers (Randy), Holly Drysdale (Doug) and Hugh Handy (Christine). Cherished grandfather of Melissa (Daniel), Jason (Bess), Matthew (Mary), Jacqueline (Alex), Joshua (Sarah) and Sabrina. Great-grandfather of Willow. Predeceased by his brother Benjamin. John will also be greatly missed by other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 & 7:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Interment-Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations to Tweedsmuir Presbyterian Church, Diabetes Association, Headwaters Health Care Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

A tree will be planted in memory of John in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at

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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home & Chapel
    21 First St.,
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    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home & Chapel
    21 First St.,
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
    7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home & Chapel
    21 First St.,
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
  • Interment

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Greenwood Cemetery
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
  • Reception

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home & Chapel
    21 First St.,
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
    12:00pm - 2:00pm

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Barry Walker

John and Jean Handy were among the first people to welcome the Walker family to Orangeville in 1966. I remember him as a gentle and kind teacher and as a stalwart member of the choir at Tweedsmuir Presbyterian. My condolences ot Jean, Heather, Holly, Hugh and the entire family.
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Terry Densmore

Terry P. Densmore, from as a significant influence through Sunday school, Youth Group, Neighbours, Geography, High School, hosting a highs-school outing to RCMP Depot in Regina 1970, to welcoming me back to Orangeville church every time I managed to attend etc. He was a true friend and trailblazer for a lot of young people during and through our Presbyterian church and Highschool and throughout his life a BEST FRIEND.
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Tamara Reso

Heather, we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this difficult time,
Jeff, Tamara & Dan Reso
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Shelley Lockhart

He was an extraordinary teacher who inspired me to LOVE geography, LOVE learning and LOVE being a teacher.
Rest In Peace.... Sincere condolences to your family.
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Don and Debbie Hutchison

John was a great neighbour, great teacher and great friend. We are travelling and unable to attend but our thoughts are with all of you. Don and Deb Hutchison.
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