John Hamilton Brockenshire

2 September , 193419 December , 2018

BROCKENSHIRE, John Hamilton Son of the late Dr. Freeman and Gladys (Nicholls) Brockenshire. On December 19th, 2018, the Honourable Mr. Justice John H. Brockenshire passed away peacefully with family by his side. He will be greatly missed by sons David (Frances), St. Catherines ON, Brian (Ceris), London ON and daughter Nancy (Kate), Windsor ON, along with his grandchildren Evan, Dawson, Nathan, Rowan and Aidan. John was predeceased by Norma, his wife of more than 56 years and his brother Franklin. John was born in 1934 and was a lifelong resident of Windsor, graduating with a B.A. from Assumption University with a provincial medal in Economics. He then attended Osgoode Hall and York University in Toronto for his L.L.B., completing his call to the Bar in 1959. John had a distinguished career as a lawyer both in partnership and as a sole practitioner in Windsor and Amherstburg from 1959 to 1991 involving almost all areas of legal practice. He was also the Town of Amherstburg’s Solicitor for more than 30 years and was honoured with a Queen’s Counsel designation in 1974. In 1991 John was appointed a Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario and served until his full retirement in 2009. He also performed several other judicial roles including Designated Justice for Class Action Matters and member of the Canadian Pension Appeals Board. Many also knew him as Special Lecturer and Sessional Instructor for the University of Windsor Law and Business Schools where he was conferred an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws. John lived a full life academically, socially, philanthropically and spiritually. He was very involved with his family, loved time at the cottage and contributed to the community by volunteering his skills and knowledge on numerous boards for over 40 years including; United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Cancer Society, Windsor Aquatic Club, Canterbury College and the University of Windsor. Both John and Norma cherished the numerous social gatherings they hosted and attended, especially with Norma’s Cape Breton family and with their many friends closer to home. John was also an active member of his parish community serving as a Eucharistic Minister and Reader. A special thank you to Nancy Gibbons for her friendship and support over the years and to the Village of Aspen Lake staff for all their care and compassion. Cremation has taken place. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for family and friends on Saturday, December 22nd at 2 p.m. at St John Vianney Church, 385 Dieppe Street. Online condolences may be left at while memorial tributes to the University of Windsor, Hospice of Windsor & Essex County, or the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation would be appreciated by the family.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, 22 December , 2018

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Ed & Libby Bracht

29 December 2018

To David, Brian & Nancy & families!
We are blessed with wonderful memories of both Norma and John at Belmont Lake!
Please accept our most sincere sympathies !
Ed & Libby❤️

Geri & Butch Maisonneuve

22 December 2018

Nancy we are so sorry to hear about your dad. It's a hard time of year to lose a loved one. Please know we are thinking about you all and sending our love.

Bill Gatto

22 December 2018

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. When your mother Norma first came to Windsor from Cape Briton, she stayed at my mother and father's home on Bridge Ave. I was young at the time. She got a job and met your father. It wasn't long before she moved out on her own. Your grandmother is my father's sister. I have many fond memorys of both of them. My thoughts and prayers go out to John. Bill Gatto

Diane and David Thomas

22 December 2018

We were deeply saddened to hear of John’s death and wish to express our sincere condolences to the Brockenshire family, especially to our son-in-law Brian. Though we did not meet John often, he always welcomed us with warmth and we enjoyed his quiet good humour and dry wit. He will be sorely missed.

Anne Winterbottom

21 December 2018

A good neighbour on Kildare Road, as our children grew up in Old Walkerville.
His quiet, dry humour was a foil for the liveliness of wife, Norma.
We shall remember them both with great fondness.
With sympathy from Anne Winterbottom and family

Gordon Drake

21 December 2018

As Principal of Canterbury College, I would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends on the passing of Judge John Brockenshire. I would particularly like to record our fond memories of Judge Brockenshire for his many years of support of Canterbury College, and for his service on the Canterbury Board of Directors, where he helped greatly to promote the image of Canterbury College as a place where students could study and learn in a positive academic environment, and develop the complete person, mind, body and spirit. He would have been particularly pleased to see the completion of our "project Brownstone" -- a new student residence that will give Canterbury College an even higher profile as a key part of the University of Windsor community. I always enjoyed talking to him, and I will greatly miss his warm and generous personality.