John Dawson


John Archibald Dawson is my name and this is my story.

I made my grand entrance into this world on May 27, 1939. My parents Edward and Avis (nee Archibald) along with my siblings Lorraine (Bob Wheeler) Myla, Bob, Dave and Grant (Linda) resided in Thamesville, Ontario. Silly Ass Ranch was my stomping grounds where the shenanigans were a plenty.

Over the years I’ve worn many hats from horse tamer to mechanic at Dickson Motors and Rossini Automotive. But none more important than that of Husband, Dad and Grandpa.

On November 5, 1963 I married the most beautiful woman I’d ever set my eyes on, my soulmate Florence (Roesch). Just when I didn’t think life could get any better along came our three rug rats Diane (Dave), Ed (2016) and Andy. Over the years I became a Grandpa of 5; Chrissy Miller (William), John Dawson (Stacey), Nicole Dawson (Brandon), Diana Bowman (Dave) and Consuela Brown (Jim). I also became a Great Grandpa to 10 and Great Great Grandpa to 1…too many pedicle petches to name.

Horses hangdown I almost forgot the biggest pain in my backside , Patti Massong (Joe)…you kept me on my toes.

On November 13, 2020 while surrounded by my family I stepped over to join my sweet Florence. Thank you for all the time of my life, until we meet again.

Remember my laughter, Remember my smile but excuse me all I have to say goodbye, I need to say hello to my son…and have that dance with my wife.

John’s family will be remembering him privately

25 Comments on “John Dawson”

  1. John was an old friend and we went to school together at SS#12 Orford. He was a great man and I always enjoyed his company. Condolences to his family.
    Sincerely Larry Tuck

  2. John always had a great smile and always had time to talk, I am thankful for mating him through friends..
    Sorry for your loss

  3. John was a beloved neighbour to all in the crescent. His smile, his wave and his kind heart will be sincerely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.

  4. John was a great guy. We met a long time ago in the Rossini era when I worked at Brooks Fuels. I always enjoyed talking to him.

  5. I knew John and the rest of you during the 17 years I was with Bob. You will be missed John. Rest in peace

  6. I appreciated John when I was a kid and he would fix my bike, or let me play video games in his house for hours, or encourage John and I to use our imaginations (and his tools) for silly things like digging to China in his backyard. I appreciated him as a teen for the safe space to hang out, or when he would take us out for breakfast at Shady’s, or when he would give me rides to school. I appreciated him as an adult knowing he had his eye on the neighbourhood and my mom after I moved away from home. He’s been across the street my whole life. I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have a neighbour like that. He will be missed. My mom cut the grass in the neighbourhood circle today (tried to do it like John) and we had a little memorial. We will miss him. Condolences and much much love to the family.

  7. I knew John and Florence from a few years ago – always was a happy man! Love and Prayers to the family – you will truly miss him!

  8. I never knew this couple, but what a beautiful story as he called it. It was so inspiring to read. My thoughts are with that beautiful family of his.

  9. John will always be fondly remembered at the farmers table at the Shady Pine! We has been a regular at that table for as long as I can remember and we always looked forward to seeing him walk thru the door!! Our thoughts are with everyone!

  10. I have known John for a long time. Thamesville days and also Shady Pine time. Always had time for a chat. Treasure all your fun memories.

  11. Johnny was magic…he was kind , loving and generous ,funny and caring and was a great help to a lot of the Rossini family.He was always ready to lend a helping hand and we loved him for that. He wrote his name on our hearts.
    Our condolences to his family.

  12. Our deepest sympathies!
    John was a great man and a fabulous friend to all who knew him! I can’t drive a Chrysler product without thinking of John and how much he loved a “good dodge”!

  13. We extend our deepest sympathy to John’s family. We know he will be missed by many. We made a lot of good memories over the years with Florence and John. Whether it was playing cards, out dancing, weekend getaways or just out for a Sunday drive. Thank you both for your friendship and love.
    Love Ed and Noreen Hunter

  14. When I started as a mechanic in 1988 I apprenticed under John and he taught me so many things. He was always to work early and ready to work late. He worked harder than anyone I know. John had so many stories to tell and everyone enjoyed hearing them. He had a great sense of humour and all the customers loved him. I missed John after his retirement and wish I could go back to those days working with him.

  15. Johnny was a good man , always lending a hand and always smiling . He will be missed by all . My condolences to the Dawson family .

  16. We grew up knowing the Dawson boys very well as they would often visit Mag and Ross Archibald’s (their Uncle) house often; and as we would often go to the farm to visit them on a Saturday night after going out for supper. My Mom and Dad would also go and play cards with John and Florence at the Union Hall on the Bloomfield etc ……. those were special times, times that were treasured by all and still remain in our memories forever ….. Condolences to the entire Dawson family at this difficult time.

  17. Sending our condolences and sympathy.
    John was a very good man and a friend to all.
    Enjoyed many years serving him at a local restaurant, and then becoming friends.
    No matter how gray looking your day was – “Woh Doh” picked your spirits and made you happy.
    His smile was absolutely infectious.
    RIP Woh Doh.

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