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July 14, 2022

John Harold Harper of Elmvale, formerly of Kincardine, died peacefully in Collingwood, Thursday, July 14, 2022, in his 88th year. Predeceased by his loving wife, Betty. They had five children – Herbert (Laurie), Alice Stevenson (Gregg), Kathleen, George (Jennifer) and Charlie (Sheri). Cherished by nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Sadly predeceased by two great-grandchildren, Charles William Harper and Jameson Dale McLeod Stevenson. John was the youngest of four – he is survived by his oldest sister, Gladys Davidson (Tom - deceased) and his sister, Margaret; and brother, Bob (Marg). Lovingly remembered by Betty’s family (the Elliotts) – her twin brother, Bill (Donna), Ivy Canning (Tony - deceased), Larry (Sue), Bruce (Ruby); and predeceased by two brothers, Ivan (Leona) and Ian (Pat). John was an accomplished and proud dairy farmer for many years and loved nothing more than regaling any who would listen, with his many stories. Upon selling the family farm, he drove a school bus for a short period of time, and then started a new career at Ontario Hydro until retirement. After retirement, he became a self-taught designer and furniture craftsman. Many of his pieces are cherished today by family, friends and business owners. One of his favourite pastimes was playing card games, especially joker. He was a very skilled and crafty player – he loved to win! John was also a proud member of Bruce Lodge 341. For 30-plus years, John and Betty travelled to Florida where they spent their winters – he will be greatly missed by the many friends they made there, from across Canada and the United States. He was the strong silent type when it came to showing his emotions, but he was so proud of his children and their families. He will be dearly missed by his children and extended family. A private family service will be held. Donations in John’s memory, to the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation  (, would be gratefully received.