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Saturday December 23, 2017

Born April 15, 1934, died December 15, 2017 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann Margaret (née Morgan); loving father of John and Bridget; fond father-in-law of Stephen Marmura; proud grandfather of Hana and Alex Marmura; and devoted brother of Elizabeth Revell. John was a scholar in the field of Biblical Hebrew and he remained active, publishing as recently as 2016. He served the University of Toronto as a professor, chair and professor emeritus in the Department of Near Eastern Studies which later became the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. He was also a member of the Royal Society of Canada. Beyond his work, John was a talented botanical watercolour artist and an avid gardener. He delighted in taking long walks and when he retired to England, he took great pleasure in being a bell ringer for his local church. Cremation was followed by a funeral service at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Antigonish on Wednesday, December 20. His wish was that his ashes be returned to England to be interred near his father's grave in the cemetery close to his childhood home. Family flowers only. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Martha's Regional Hospital Foundation, Antigonish, Friends of Allan Gardens ( or the Salvation Army.

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