Cresmount Funeral Home - Fennell Chapel

322 Fennell Ave East, Hamilton, ON


John Norris

2 June, 195228 May, 2019
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John Norris, It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John Norris on May 28, 2019 at the age of 66. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Annette. Loving father of Teresa (Patrick) Welch, Richard and Jeffrey. Proud Grandpa of Quinn and Owen. He is survived by his brother, Robert (Wendy) Norris. John will also be missed by many friends and colleagues. He was an active board member for several national industry groups and Executive Director of non-profit organizations in the automotive sector. An active environmentalist and organizer, he was awarded as Hamilton Environmentalist of the Year. The family will receive friends on Thursday June 6, 2019 at Cresmount Funeral Home, 322 Fennell Avenue East, Hamilton, ON from 2pm to 5pm. A private family funeral and cremation to follow. Memorial contributions to Diabetes Canada and Hamilton Conservation Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cresmountfennellchapel.com for the Norris family.


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Annabelle Cormack

June 11, 2019

I met John three years ago when I started working in the auto collision repair industry. I was inspired and amazed by his passion for what he did in that industry, and we spent many a time chatting a great length about his thoughts and contributions. Conversations were lively, thoughtful and intense. I learned a lot about a lot of things from John, as he imparted his knowledge and insights so openly. John was very good to me. He knew I was a newbie, and did what he could to educate and support me as I became more involved in auto collision repair. For all of his efforts, kindness and spirited nature, I am grateful, and very pleased that John became such a valuable industry ally.

Today I took the time to watch the video with all the photos of John, and appreciated having a window into his personal life. There's a glimmer of pride beaming from his face, leaving me no doubt that just as he was passionate about his work, he was even more so with his family.

On June 14th I am participating in The Longest Day Run, an annual event in Vancouver in support of juvenile diabetes. This run is dedicated to John and his family.

My heart goes out to John's family, and everyone who has been impacted by him at some point in their life. May we all find peace in knowing that he leaves a little something with each of us.

Tony Passwater

June 8, 2019

John was such a great guy and a great thinker. He was full of insight and information, and will be a great loss to the Collision Industry.

John and I spoke just a few days before, and as always after talking with him, his insights were always helpful. I will certainly miss these conversations and I am saddened with his passing.

I also wish all in his family my condolences and will keep you in my prayers.

Sayeh Imanzadeh

June 7, 2019

It was a very sad news… My deep Condolences to John's family.
I met John 5 years ago. He gave me a tour to a good bodyshop. He was an experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and hardworking consultant. Since then, we have been in contact every year for reports. He was very cooperative, and caring for the environment.
Rest in peace John!

Sayeh Imanzadeh

Matt Lawrence

June 6, 2019

I met John around 5 years ago when I was first opening up my business. He was not only our first paying customer, he helped us get on our feet by giving us some office work to do while we were getting established. He helped us numerous times with small business advice and was always a pleasure to talk to. We would not be running a successful business today were it not for John's help and for that I am forever thankful.

My condolences and best wishes go out to the family and all those affected by this sudden loss.

Alex Szabo

June 5, 2019

I met John over thirty years ago when he became the Executive Director of HARA,, from day one I was impressed with his knowledge, dedication and commitment to our association. John and I worked together for many years on the Boards of HARA and CISCO, his hard work and contributions are imbedded in the advancement and professionalism of the Collision Industry, not only in Canada but in North America.
May you rest in piece my friend.

John and Lynne Sherriff

June 4, 2019

We were shocked and sad to hear of John’s passing. Fond memories of our group vacations at Chesley Lake some 30 years ago. Our sympathy and prayers to Annette and family. John and Lynne Sherriff

Alison Baker

June 4, 2019

We are deeply saddened at the news of our dear friend Johns passing. John was a friend and a huge advocate for the trades community and ApprenticeSearch.com. John inspired and led by example. He was always willing to help and teach where needed. It was an honor to know and work with John. His passing has left a great hole in the trades community and our hearts. Our deepest condolences to Johns family, who he loved and cherished, very much. We are thinking of you all in this time of sadness.


Collision Clinic

June 4, 2019

Our deepest condolences to John's family.
John was indeed a passionate advocate for our industry, he will be missed but remembered with fond memories.

Collision Clinic
St. John's NL

Philip So

June 3, 2019

I am very sorry to hear John's sudden passing. Although I do not see him very often, he is always available whenever we need him for Ministry and City requirements for service and body shop business.

RIP John


June 3, 2019

Our deepest sympathies, from everyone at Ryding Auto Body.