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John Edward Burton

John Edward Burton John Edward Burton

Passed on: February 27th, 2018

We the family of John Burton, with heavy hearts and great sadness announce the passing of our father John after a lengthy illness on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Northside General Hospital.
Born in Sydney Mines in July 1937, Dad was the son of the late Pte. John Thomas Burton and Mary Victoria MacKinnon. Dad was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle who loved and enjoyed spending time with his family as well as his hunting and prospecting buddies.
Dad attended St. Xavier Junior College in Sydney before completing his papers in pipe fitting. In his early years he worked in Ontario but for most of his life dad worked at Marine Atlantic in North Sydney, initially as a purser on the Ferries and later working onshore as a stevedore. Before retiring he also served for a number of years as the union president of the Stevedore's Union working tirelessly to achieve the maximum benefits for his fellow workers.
Dad had many passions including hunting, fishing, prospecting, and hiking the trails of the highlands. He loved to retreat to his getaways either in Rear Baddeck or Whycocomagh, where he would pan for gold. In his latter days he enjoyed playing the stock market and panning for digital gold. Dad and Mom always enjoyed going out to local dances where they could be seen dancing majestically across the floor, enjoying each other’s company. Dad and Mom operated JB's Dairy on Convent St. for many years and Dad was also a lifetime member of the Sydney Mines Pensioners Club and served on the board of the Princess Credit Union.
Dad is survived by his sons, Derrick (Wendy), Vaughan, Sheldon (Betty), Blair (Georgina), Glenn (Edna); son-in-law, Donald Hall; his 13 grandchildren, Melissa, Melanie - BC, Shaun, Brittany (Richard), Alicia (Curtis), Brian (Sarah) - NY, Adam (Katie) - AB, Mark - AB, Jillian, Johnathon (Elizabeth), Jason (Janelle), Jordon, Jarrod; great-grandchildren, Gracie Jayne, John Thomas, Quincy, Eliviah, and Lane as well as his brothers, Daryl (Wallina) and Charlie aka Binnie; special sister-in-law, Betty Stewart; his aunt, Juanita MacDonald; uncle, Leo MacKinnon and friend, Eileen Dolomont.
Besides his parents Dad was predeceased by the love of his life, Lorraine Boyde; his precious daughter, Darlene Hall; grandchildren, Trevor and Vanessa Burton; sister, Ella (Burton) Murphy; his in-laws, William Murphy and Linda Burton as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Dr. McKeough, all the doctors and nursing staff involved in his care over the past few months and a special thanks to the nursing staff of Northside General (4-West and 5-East) for their caregiving and compassion in his final days.
Visitation for John Edward Burton will be held at the J.M. Jobes Funeral Home, 635 Main St., Sydney Mines, Friday, March 2, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
The funeral mass celebrating his life will take place Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. James Oliver officiating. Burial to take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northside Harbourview Hospital Foundation.
Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at jmjobesfuneralhome@ns.aliantzinc.ca.


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