John "Jack" Atkinson Rait

7 February, 193626 March, 2021

With heavy hearts, we announce the sudden passing of John Atkinson Rait “Jack” at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII on March 26, 2021 just as the sun was rising. He was a sweet man known for his easygoing nature and big hugs. Jack will be forever missed by his loving wife and sidekick Sue. Lovingly remembered by his favourite son Russell and favourite daughter Kathy (Brian). He had the best grandchildren ever, Kevin, Jessica (Wyatt and great-granddaughter Cassidy), Anthony (Brittany and great-granddaughter Claire). His baby sister Florence Yunik, way out there in BC, is also remembering good times.

Jack was born in Winnipeg in 1936. Deciding the winters were too cold he joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954. As a medical assistant, he served as “the Doc” on ships on both coasts. “Doc” loved his gimballed bunk in sick bay. He retired in 1978. As the years passed, he often commented that he had collected his pension longer than he served. Being a true Scot he took great pleasure in that.

He began his civilian career as the first administrator at The Birches in Musquodoboit Harbour. He worked at other LTC facilities over the years but The Birches was always his favourite career choice.

His retirement years were spent on the road driving his sweetie Sue wherever she wanted to go. The births of grandchildren, graduations of all kinds and weddings were all special trips. Many miles were put on the car going to provincial golf tournaments to officiate or play as a couple. Once Sue retired, the car was pointed toward Florida each winter during Snowbird season.

Jack has been cremated. Once we can travel, we will have a family celebration of his life as we lay him to rest beside his in-laws in London, Ontario. He could do no wrong in the eyes of his mother in law and all three of her daughters knew she liked him best. Stupid COVID-19 will not let us get together as we would like so please think of him on the golf course and smile. A donation to NSGA Junior golf in lieu of flowers would be appreciated.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


John "Jack" Atkinson Rait

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Dianne LeJeune

10 April 2021

Dear Sue -Russell - Kathy & Family
Sending our deepest sympathy on the sudden loss of your dear "Jack". We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time .

May it help a little to know that lots of prayers, virtual hugs and warm thoughts of friendship are being sent your way.

God Bless each of you. Sincere condolences - Hans & Dianne

Jack and Marilyn Wright

1 April 2021

I remember Jack well. We worked together at Stadacona on several occasions...I even helped him move into his new house in Dartmouth many years ago.
We had many humourous phone call incidents with people mixing up our names Jack Rait/Jack Wright! He will be missed.
Condolences to Sue and the family.

Ray Ozorio

31 March 2021

Sincere condolences to Jack's family. I enrolled in 1954 and was on TG1 and TG3 Med A courses with Jack at HMCS Naden Medical School. He was a great mate and served in Halifax at the same time. RIP Jack. God Bless.

Kent Rodgers

31 March 2021


Sorry for your loss. Jack was always a gentleman around the golf course and always waited patiently for you. I enjoyed his stories. Take comfort in the good memories.

Hazel McEwan

31 March 2021

Sue and family...saddened to read that Jack had suddenly passed away. I know how difficult this time can be, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I hope your many wonderful memories of the past will help ease the tears of today.

Margaret Yorke

31 March 2021

Dear Sue I am very sorry to hear of Jack's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family.


Margaret Yorke

Mary and Roger Surette

31 March 2021

So sorry for your loss Sue and family. I always loved it when Jack was on the golf course, either as a rep for NSGA or years ago when I was a member at Hartlen Point. Many a time I was a recipient of one of his bear hugs. My thoughts and prayers are with you all Sue.
Mary,(the hugger), and Roger Surette

E.N>"Dave" Davis

31 March 2021

In 1961 I had the pleasure of working with PO2 Jack Rait in the Operating room at NDMC( National Defence Medicl Centre) at Ottawa ,Ont ,He and Brian Thompson were the Navy ,Operatrng Room assistants along with Army and Air Force Personnell Jack was a competent guy with a pleasant personality, I cherish the memories of those dys,Rest well my friend,,and GOD BLESS

Peter Grant

30 March 2021

Sorry to hear of Jacks passing. I always enjoyed working with Jack at NSGA tournaments, and also had many good times meeting for a late meal. He will be missed by the golf community.
Peter Grant

David Campbell

30 March 2021

Dear Sue and Family,

We were very sad to hear that Jack passed away. He was a wonderful man. I will miss our talks and our laughs. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

David and Grace Campbell

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