GWINN, John Richard Hamilton
John Richard Hamilton Gwinn passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Northside General Hospital.
Born on August 12, 1944 in North Sydney, he was the son of the late Wilson J. and Sarah H. (Wilkie) Gwinn. He is survived by his four sons, Ricky (Eastern passage), Wilson (Edwina), Coxheath, Paul (Amanda) Dingwall and Matthew (Lindsay), Calgary, AB; his sisters, Bertha Gwinn (Cheticamp) and Rae De Young (New Glasgow); his grandchildren, whom he was so very proud of, Dawson and Kaitlyn Gwinn, Coxheath, Hunter and Liam Gwinn, Dingwall. He is also survived by a special friend, Joyce MacPherson.
Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sisters, Effie Ryan, Iris Wilkie, Mary Hayden, Vida Irving and his brother, Wilson Fred Gwinn.
Dad was a resident of the Northside General Hospital for the past year where he fought a battle with dementia, and several other health issues. He was a former Fisherman in Dingwall, a truck driver in Abercrombie NS and a store manager in Bay St. Lawrence, before he was left disabled after a battle with cancer in 1986.
Since then he enjoyed his time at home drinking tea and having a smoke while playing crib and more recently he spent a lot of time driving around seeing the sites and chatting with friends around the “Northside”.
Dad served as a past president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Neil’s Harbour and was a member of the boards for both the Victoria county and Cape Breton District Health Authority. He also served as a past councilor for district 12. He was a proud and devote “liberal”. He loved his politics.
Visitation for the late Richard Gwinn will be held 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017 and again from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Aspy Bay United Church. Funeral Service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday with Rev. Anna Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.fillmoreandwhitman.com.
Dad will be missed by us all and will continue to be an inspiration