JA Snow Funeral Home


John Henry Labelle

October 10, 1939December 3, 2019

Age 80, born October 10, 1939 in Montreal, Que., passed away suddenly at home on December 3, 2019. He was predeceased by his parents, Jean Baptiste and Jeanne (Jodoin) Labelle; brothers, Rolland, Yvon (Claudette) and Michel; his father and mother-in-law, Earl and Florence (Newcombe) Allen; brother-in-law, Jack (Hilda); sisters-in-law, Elsie (Chuck) and Alice (Harry). He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Florence (Allen); children, Paul (Jackie) and Peter (Mary Ann); grand sons, Marcel (Lauren) and Aiden; brothers, Leo, Andre (Camille), Pierre (Jeannine); sister, Suzanne (Marc); brother-in-law, Earl (Lorraine); and many loving family members and friends. John joined the Royal Canadian Navy October 29, 1956 at HMCS Donnacona. He trained at HMCS D'iberville-CFB Cornwallis. He was educated in the French language and continued education through night schooling in the English language in British Columbia to grade 12, BC level 4. Graduated from Canadian Forces Chief Warrant Officer Leadership Academy in 1986. He was trained and employed in Food and Beverage Services, Retail Management, NPF and Public Accounting, Internal Auditing, Financial Counseling/Insurance/RRSP training, Fire fighter Leader/Helicopter Fire Fighter Leader, First Aid and Certificate level. He served with the RCN and the CF from 1956 till 1994 for a period of 38 years. He began his career in food and beverage services and moved on to managing and establishing a number of large retail, grocery, snack bars, gasoline operations and central warehouses. He transferred to the Maritime Command Financial Counsellor position, CSM of the Steward training company, Marcom HQ, SO STWD and retired as the Canex Military Operational Manager for the Atlantic Provinces. He accumulated 20 and a half years of operational/isolated services, 15 years at sea in HMCS New Liskeard, Bonaventure, Chignecto, Lanark, Granby, Restigouche, Ottawa/Skeena, Preserver, including retail management in isolated units such as CFB/CFS Lac St Denis, North of Montreal, Goose Bay, Labrador and Massett on the Queen Charlotte Islands. He was awarded the Maritime Commander's Commendation for dedication to duty as the Maritime Command Financial Counselor on December 4, 1982. He was appointed Chief Petty Officer First Class on November 30, 1984. Presented the CD2 bar on October 29, 1988, Awarded the Veterans Ombudsman's Commendation on October 20, 2008, The SSM-Nato bar Medal and awarded The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Presented the Memorial Silver Cross Ribbon December 29, 2015 (Duke Abbott). He was a 25-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion, member of the Atlantic Chiefs & Petty Officers Association, Member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Lutheran church. Since 2005 he was the Military/RCMP Veterans CPP Pension Reduction Coordinator. John was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, uncle, family member and friend to many. He also had a passion for honesty and fairness. Always willing to go out of his way to help and support others. Visitation will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Halifax on Wednesday, December 11th from 6-9 p.m. The Legion will be doing a Legion Service at 6 p.m. Memorial services will be held in Lutheran Church of the Resurrection 2096 Windsor St., Halifax at 11 a.m. on December 12th. A reception will follow in the church. Committal Service will be held from 1:20-1:40 p.m. in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 593 Sackville Dr., Lower Sackville. Family flowers only. Donations can be made in John's name to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • Reception

    Thursday, December 12, 2019

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, December 12, 2019


John Henry Labelle

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Christopher Wallace

July 2, 2020

I just found out that we have lost this good man. I will miss him terribly.

John was the lead veteran advocate for the CFSA Clawback. Working with him through, it was always great to publish his papers.

John, you are missed by many more than you may have known.

RIP, John!

Johane Lavallée

December 12, 2019

To all the family: My sincere condolences for your loss.

Noella Brennan Fisher

December 11, 2019

Dear Florence and family,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, Florence. I offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family. It is a very difficult time to lose someone-particularly after sharing life with them for 60 years.
I am thinking of you at this time and pray that you will all get through it. You will now have to rely on the memories you and John shared over the years to bring you joy and laughter.
Condolences to you all.

Philip ,Kandace and EllieMae Obritsch

December 10, 2019

Florence and family we are so sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing John while walking our dog Ellie Mae. Our deepest condolences at this difficult time.

Rhonda Cox

December 10, 2019

Emily and I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Labelle family.

Bev & Geoff Embley

December 10, 2019

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love encompassing you and yours. By God’s grace, John is now watching over us, gone but never to be forgotten.
John’s smile and laughter would illuminate any gala. Our family admired John’s candor, he always found the best in folks. Johnny’s tenacity to represent trodden, cheated patrons, the very people who enhanced this country was always awe-inspiring to witness. Sadly missed and so very dearly loved. Bev, Geoff Embley & Family

Calvin Young

December 8, 2019

My sincere condolences to John's family. He will not be forgotten for what he sincerely believed in and that was the rights of veterans. I always looked up to John either as a veterans advocate or as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces. Rest in peace John.

Gerry White

December 6, 2019

Dear Florence and family. I can't think of another human being who has done so much and worked so hard for veterans. Please accept my sincere condolences but also please share the pride that I feel just in knowing John. I read his emails Faithfully; Anything good that has happened to a veteran in the last 10 years or more, John had something to do with it. God bless you both. It goes without saying that he will be missed but you already know that.

David Winfield

December 6, 2019

I wish to express my sincere condolences. John has been a source of strength throughout my time at church. He will be missed.

Gary Quann

December 6, 2019

Florence and family, so sad to hear of Johnnies passing. Always looked forward to our visits at Leah's or her Moms, Johnny always had a story or a joke to tell, and took such great pleasure in getting a chuckle from the other guests. His untiring effort on our behalf, the veterans of Canada, have always been appreciated by so many of us. RIP Johnny.