Markey-Dermody Funeral Home

1774 King Street East, Hamilton, ON


John Arthur Bridge

7 May , 195210 June , 2019

John suddenly passed on Monday, June 10, 2019 at the age of 67, while at MJM (Black's) Equestrian, doing what he loved.

John is predeceased by his dad Jack (1972), his sister Adrienne (2005), his daughter-in-law Lynsie (2017), and his mom Mabel (2019). John is survived by his beloved wife Patti, and his loved children Julie (Bill), Jaime (Steve), Ed (Elyse), and his darling grandchildren Mia, Logan, Ella, and Carter. He also leaves behind his loving sisters Chrissie (Harry), Val (Dean), and Marj (John). He was a well loved uncle and great-uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and always was interested in their lives. Proud godfather to Evan Arthur. Loved son-in-law of Bev Wilkinson and brother-in-law to Wendy (Dave), Kerry (Lucy), Kim (Patsy), Jim (Ute), and Bill (Beth). John was a true horseman with passion. Like his dad before him, teaching youth and young horses was his favourite thing to do. He was respected and admired throughout the horse industry. He was a farrier, teacher, mentor, and friend to many. He will be sorely missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at Lone Tamarak Arabians, 305 Moores Road, Haldimand, Ontario on Friday, June 14, 2019 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to “John Bridge Memorial Scholarship” for a Roper in the Ontario High School Rodeo Association, If you would like to donate send an e transfer to info@ohsra.ca. Please indicate “John Bridge Memorial" on the e transfer, the family will also be collecting at John’s Celebration Of Life & Alvinston Rodeo or Toronto Sick Children's Hospital. (Arrangements entrusted to Markey-Dermody Funeral Home). “You and Joe ride on Cowboy…”


  • “John Bridge Memorial Scholarship” for a Roper in the Ontario High School Rodeo Association


  • Celebration of Life Friday, 14 June , 2019


John Arthur Bridge

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Alicia Thompson

16 June 2019

I will miss hearing John’s voice as he enters a barn and knowing a friend has walked in. Regardless of if it has already been a good day or a bad one John’s voice signalled it was going to suddenly get better. A lot better.

I didn’t know John as well as many but we shod side by side frequently over the last few years and I had come to see the gentle side of the big burly cowboy.

A few years ago he stepped in for me at a barn and finished my horse when I got hit in the head. It was a good hit and my balance was off so I couldn’t stay upright when the horse moved.

I didn’t really know him, he didn’t really know me but all I had to say was his name in a shaky voice and he was right beside me telling me to go home, he’d finish up.

I was so moved someone I didn’t know would do that for me. I don't think I had even thought that far. I just knew I was in trouble and of all the people on the property I instinctively said his name to call for help.

I am glad the next few years we got to shoe at the same barns so frequently.
It’s a blessing in life to cross paths with good people. John was/is good people.

To his kids know how proud he was of you, you often came up in conversation and he was/is really proud. Patty obviously he loves you. Warmth entered his voice whenever he mentioned your name, or something you two had done or were planning to do. Know love never goes away, people we love never actually disappear, they just change form.

I wasn’t going to write one of these. I’m just a farrier who shod beside him and so many were so much closer. I just had a dream though he had come to my house to shoe a horse(a horse that doesn’t exist) even after he is off the clock he’s still being helpful. Still upbeat, still getting it done. He will be missed.

I am grateful to have known him.
All the best to his friends and family.

Marta Machado

14 June 2019

Dear John:
Thank you for being you, it was a great pleasure to meet such a beautiful soul. Although Brian and I only knew you for the past five years, I want to thank you for your patience and guidance with our horses. You were always there when our horses needed you and your expertise was like no other. I always loved listening to your stories and they would usually keep me late even when I was in a rush. I know that you loved your horses, your family and especially Patti. Your memory has truly become a treasure to so many. May your soul be at rest and ride on. “We ride, never worry ‘bout the fall. I guess that’s just the Cowboy in us all.” xo

Beth Halsall

14 June 2019

To hear that a John has left us is a difficult thing to get my head around. My memories of John and Patti go back so many years. Lots of fun times and laughs and good conversation. Great roping displays and sometimes a song! Excellent shoeing of my horses for many years and always great advice. Replacing a pulled shoe or being the pick up man in the pick up race John was your man! We all got older that’s true but the times we all saw each other it was like picking up the conversation like it only ended yesterday. The memories are treasured and my deepest thoughts are with Patti snd Johns family

Kristen Harley

14 June 2019

John was one of the kindest, hard working, good humoured people I’ve ever known. He was compassionate towards everyone and animal. He always had a fun story to share when he’d shoe my horses, and helped keep my girls comfortable as they got old and frail. John talked about his family - all of them - with so much pride and love, I hope you all can keep this in your hearts, knowing how greatly he loved you all. He made everyone feel good just being around him. I’m so grateful to have known him.

David Scott

13 June 2019

Our family is so sorry to hear about John's passing.

We have known John and Patti for quite a while, and a nicer man you cannot find.

When it came to horses he always had time to talk. Whether you had a problem or John had an interesting story to tell you, it was always fun.

The horse world will miss you Cowboy!

My prayer is that you are reunited with Joey and the two of you can ride into eternity.

David Scott

Patricia Dale

13 June 2019

John was my farrier , for many years, when I lived north of Toronto.
I have many happy memories of John and Patti,he was an excellent farrier.
So very sorry.
Pat Dale.

Perry Clement

13 June 2019

So many cherished memories of times spent together.
Our sincere prayers for all of the family.
John is a true testimony of a life well lived.
Perry & Lynn and Family

Leslie Robertson

12 June 2019

My sincere condolences to John's family and friends who will miss him greatly. John Bridge, Donnie Brandle and my dad, Dave Robertson made a terrible trio back in the day. They pretty much tore up the seventies. Dave and Marie will welcome him to Horseman's Heaven.

Debbie & Brian Smelser

12 June 2019

Dear Patti and Family.
Our deepest condolences to you and family. We always looked forward to seeing John when he came to the farm for Princess. It was always a pleasure talking with John. He loved his horses and that showed through with his care for Princess.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Brian & Deb

Brenda Fraser

12 June 2019

We always looked forward to chatting with John while he was tending to Bear’s feet at GGE. Hopefully, he will cross paths with Bear up there and give him a trim.

Our condolences To Patti and family.

Erin, Brenda and Gerry.