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John Francis Kirkland

15 October, 194614 September, 2018
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KIRKLAND, John Francis (Architectural Sales Manager – Oldcastle Building Envelope) Passed away peacefully, with family by his side at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Friday, September 14th, 2018, in his 72nd year. Born October 15th, 1946 in Liverpool, England to the late John Pierce Kirkland and Hazel Kirkland (nee Robinson), predeceased by his sisters Anne and Shelagh. Survived by his beloved wife Sharon Kirkland (nee Moring) of 49 years. Proud father to Shawn, Pamela (Justin), Paulette (Sam), Monica (Adrian) and Tyler (Jenna). Loving Poppa to Devin, Zion, Justus, Kirsi, Lorenza, Esmee, Colin, Hailey and Chloe. Cherished brother to Barbara, Mary, Pauline, Maureen, Martin, Kathleen, Joseph and Bernadette. John will be dearly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. A devout Catholic, John was a founding member of Holy Family Catholic Church. Resting at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) with visitation on Monday, September 17th from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 91 Ribblesdale Drive, Whitby on Tuesday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Shepherds’ Trust are greatly appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, 17 September , 2018

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, 18 September , 2018

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Maureen Zavesiczky

14 September 2021

John,

How much I miss you and after three years now, it truly proves to me how precious our lives are. You were so loved by your family and I know they all miss you dearly as I do. My only consolation is that you are free from all your suffering and join our other family members in everlasting HEAVEN. I pray often to you (in case you aren't listening!!) and ask for your guidance and strength on my challenging days. I always respected your wisdom and love and for that I was truly blessed. Love you my big brother!

Mary Lindros

14 September 2021

It’s hard to believe that 3 years have passed. Thinking of you always John and especially today. I so miss your brotherly support and friendship though i am happy in the knowledge that you live in eternal peace, free from pain, with our Heavenly Father.
I am thinking of Sharon and your family….the grandkids that so loved their Poppa.
Rest In Peace John, may Mom and Dad, Anne and Shelagh all be with you.
Love you always.

Gloria Moring

28 February 2019

Beautiful Sunny Day here John;

You have been gone over 5 months now and memories are thought of , smiled about and tears have been shed.. So happy for you to be out of pain.

You and Sharon have raised a loving family who are growing together as you proudly watch over them and help them through any rough terrain.

Continue to send them Smiles, Great memories and Strength.

Hugs and please share a hug with Dad for me
Thanks
Gloria

Mary Lindros

23 September 2018



Dear John,
No words I write can ever say how much I will miss you. It’s been a few days since you left us and yet it seems so unreal. I think of our recent conversations, the last only 48 hrs before you died. We were so hopeful for a future that I never voiced a goodbye. I told you that I loved you when I left and that I’d see you soon. Only God knows now when that will happen.

You’ve been a wonderful brother, one who especially was there to support and advise me when I was on my own. We chatted just the week before you died about ‘Life’ and how we felt that despite your health ravages, that you were “lucky”—-you had lived a great life, had a family that brought you such joy and love, and a career that had filled you with immense pride and satisfaction.
Simply put, I love you, I’ll miss you terribly, and God willing, I will see you again with the rest of the family. Eternal rest be yours now John. ❤️

Dave Robinson

17 September 2018

Thinking of you all at this time and thinking of such happy memories when I travelled over to see you all back when I was in my late teens and twenties, John and all the family made me so welcome and I treasure those days as some of my best times travelling. My thoughts and love is with you all and wish you all peace and comfort with memories of happy times. God bless, Dave, Rachel & Holly x

Tom Ewanchyshyn

17 September 2018

From the first time I met John, I felt accepted as a member of the Kirkland family. It was then, and remains today, that I understand why Kathy speaks so highly of her older brother with love, affection, admiration and respect. My most sincere condolences to all.

Carl Robinson

17 September 2018

John, I first met you back in 1991, when my son David & I travelled to Canada for the first time, to stay at your mum and dad's to celebrate their wedding anniversary. We were truly touched by the love and kindness shown to, two complete strangers,
by yourself and the rest of your family, and it was clear to us what good people you all are. During our stay it was very apparent what unconditional love and respect the rest of your family had for you. As we travel through life we meet many people, some good, some not so good, and some John like yourself, who after only a short time can have a profound effect on your life and whom you consider it was a privilege to have met, and had as part of our lives however briefly, Rest in peace.

Barbara Mager

17 September 2018

Dear John,
Even though I am older, I always looked up to you as a BIG brother. I cannot write eloquently as my heart and mind are full of all the beautiful memories we have made together. You have always been there when needed, or when not. The fun times we enjoyed in Winnipeg are etched. Never to be forgotten. You worked so hard, you envisioned a wonderful life for your family, and made it happen. I would love perusing all the precious photos you shared of family and your love, each time a 'new" little grandchild was born. I see you now, in Jesus's arms, welcoming you 'Home" And Mum and Dad, Anne and Shelagh, all waiting in turn for that "big" reunion. You earned the biggest Mansion John, you walked in His footsteps. I miss you so much and it was difficult as we lived so many miles apart. Not anymore, no miles, nothing to separate us. I have a photo of me looking up at you. I will still do that, look up, and say 'Hello" I have no one to call me 'Babs" anymore...You know I hated that name so all your life, you made me live with it. Save a place for me John, I love you and miss you so much. You are the wind beneath my wings... You are my Hero...

Your loving sister Barbara oops Babs xx x

Kathleen Kirkland

16 September 2018

My dearest Brother John
Although we were separated by many miles,,the bond our family has is very strong. I was so fortunate to be able to share in a few of your children's weddings, at least these were the times that our family bond only strengthened . I remember how proud you looked and the joy you shared . Every smile , every dance ,every hug ,we were all making memories,
It was always so comforting to hear your voice on the phone or a quick little text here and there. You were such a caring brother . You were blessed with a house full of children which grew to grandkids . You adored them , they filled your life with so much love, the same love Mom and Dad had with all us.
The most special day I remember was back in the summer of 84 When you surprised me with a visit with your then little daughter Monica, to my home which was quite a drive . That was special , and my Last special visit was when you surprised Sarah and I with a visit at the Trade Show , you have no idea just how special that was to me , and i will cherish that memory forever.
John your pain and suffering has gone but you will always live in my heart.
Love your sister Kathleen ox

Pauline Pryde

16 September 2018

John
The only comfort I have right now is that I know in my heart you are in Paradise. I smile and cry when I envision you running and jumping into Jesus’s arms and having His arms wrapped tightly around you. You suffered so much John and not once did I hear “why me?” As I watched you during these last few months I was absolutely amazed as to how brave you were to fight each day. It’s hard for us to understand what Gods Plan is and why, but in the end He brought you home to Him. Sharon and your children and your grandchildren will be ok John. You worked hard your whole life, guiding them, loving them, and providing for them. You made many happy memories for them as you did for me. I’ll always cherish our times together, especially March 11, 1993. I would never have received that special gift if you hadn’t taken me to St Michaels Cathedral that night. Thankyou John for helping and listening to me . I always felt so much better after our little talks.
I’ll miss you so much John. Watch over me! Now go soar with the Angels and “Breathe”.
Your sister
Pauline

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