John Glassford Couban

5 October , 19362 January , 2019

John Glassford Couban, 82, of Prospect Bay and Halifax died at home on January 2, 2019. Born in Manchester, England on October 5, 1936, he attended various schools including the Salesian College, Farnborough.

After a brief stint in the British air force, he held a number of jobs including selling Encyclopedia Britannica across Europe. He met and married his wife in Athens, Greece in 1960 and they were together for 58 years. They emigrated to England and later to Canada. Most of his career was as a sales engineer with Drew Chemical in London, England and Halifax.

He was predeceased by his parents, Stephen Joseph Couban and Lillias Margaret Couban (nee Glassford), his brother Robert Stephen, his mother-in-law, Stella Ponga and his son-in-law, James David Matthews. He is survived by his wife, Paraskevi (Vivi) Couban (nee Ponga), his children Stephen and Stella, his son-in-law Bruce Mellon, his dear grandchildren Josey and Axl, his sister-in-law Jean Couban and his nieces and nephew, Rebecca, Rachel, Bridget and Jonathan.

The family extends heartfelt thanks to Dr Harris Crooks, his family physician for more than 40 years, the doctors and nurses of the Dialysis Program and especially Rosemary Quinton a.k.a Ro-Ro for her tireless and devoted care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dialysis Program at the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

A visitation will be held at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street from 6 to 8pm on Monday January 7th, 2019. The funeral will be at St. Joseph’s Church, 3709 Prospect Road, Shad Bay on Tuesday January 8th, 2019 at 11am with reception to follow.


  • Visitation Monday, 7 January , 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 8 January , 2019

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Wendy Evans

13 March 2019

I've been a friend of John's on Facebook tho I've never met him. It was through a mutual acquaintance that we met. We would often talk about Coronation St on this friend's page who then recommend we add each other! I just found out today about his passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I will miss our idle chitchat.
Sincerely, Wendy Evans

Dr.Ben and Judy Cookey

9 January 2019

Dear Stephen,
We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Mozi Ghaffari

8 January 2019

John was the 1st person and colleague who I met when I was hired by Drew Marine back in 1981 in Halifax and I was very much impressed with his kindness and sense of humor and then of course we were colleagues for number of years and friends for many more. He and his wife were very kind to my daughter while she was attending Dalhousie in Halifax and we will all miss him. My most sincere and deepest condolences to his family and all the friends. God Bless Him and RIP

Angus Kennedy

8 January 2019

I first met John when I was fourth Engineer on a ship that called into Halifax. I found out I did not know what I was doing with the treatment materials and John proceeded to teach me what to do. The next time I met John we were both working for Drew. That was many years ago. John will be missed, but certainly not forgotten by those of us who had the privilege of working with him.

James Godin

6 January 2019

My deepest condolences Dr Couban. I am saddened by your loss. Your dad would have just been a boy during the Second World War.
Perhaps I understand your attachment to Greece now since your dad and mom met and married there.
Take comfort in your many friends and collegues at work thinking of you at this time and the found memories of your childhood and father.
Call if I can do anything for you.
Jim Godin
Hematology Pharmacist 902-430-5465(c)

Becky and Ellis Eisan

6 January 2019

Dear Stephen,
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. The love and respect you’ve always expressed when speaking of him will stay in your heart forever and bring you comfort in the days ahead.
Becky and Ellis

Margaret Ludlow

5 January 2019

My condolences to the Couban family on the death of a husband and father. Though I did not know John, I knew Stephen and Stella as I taught them at Sir John A.
May John's soul rest in peace.

Jo-Anne Pariseau

5 January 2019

My sincere condolences to Vivi and the family.
Although John was a co-worker many years ago, he continued keeping in touch over the years. I will always remember John as a kind and sincere man, and continue sharing memories of his special sense of humor. My deepest sympathies to the family for this great loss.

Tammy King

5 January 2019

I am so very sorry to hear this news. When I was a child John & Vivi were neighbors but to me they were like extended family. Although those days were a lifetime ago it still feels like yesterday. John treated all the kids in our neighbourhood like we were his family. Inviting us in for treats, playing monopoly every Friday with us and bringing us back souvenirs from his trips to Greece and England. He was a true friend to my late mother as well. We am very lucky to have had him in our lives. He will be missed greatly. XO

Susan MacFarlane

5 January 2019

My sincere condolences to you, Stephen, and your family on the loss of your Dad.