John W. Nash

December 2, 1933October 11, 2020

It is with grateful hearts that we wish a loving farewell to our husband and father. John died in the Oak Room at the remarkable ‘Hospice Halifax’ in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Sunday, October 11, as the wind howled and the sailboats bobbed on the Northwest Arm.

Born on John Street in Halifax to John L. Nash and Margaret (Spidell) on December 2, 1933. John was raised on Maple Street in Dartmouth close to Lake Banook where he was a member of the Mic Mac AC war canoe team and played many sports. John attended Halifax Vocational school in 1950 to be trained as a Machinist before joining the Royal Canadian Airforce to become a helicopter and aircraft mechanic. John was immediately stationed in Germany and travelled throughout Europe during his time off as a young man. He developed an interest in precision technology, especially cameras and cars, which he maintained throughout his life. Once back from his military travels, John worked part time at Tip Top Tailors on Barrington Street in Halifax, where he met and married the boss’s daughter, Shirley Powell. John and Shirley had a loving 47-year marriage. John was soon stationed in Summerside where he and Shirley had four children in five years. His next two postings were to Greenwood and Shearwater.

When he retired after 20 years of service, John began a new career in the Medical Equipment industry where be blended his talents to become a respected Medical Technician and Sales Engineer ending up his long and successful career as Branch Manager of Medical Services for MDT/ Castle Canada in Mississauga, ON.

John and Shirley provided their four children with wonderful homes throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario. They spent Christmas’ with Shirley’s parents in Boynton Beach, Florida and summers on the lake in Chester Grant close to John’s parents and sailing out of the Chester Basin Yacht Club.

In retirement, John and Shirley moved back to Dartmouth in 1994 to be close to their growing family of grandchildren and to travel south during the winters.

John took pride in everything he did. He was truly a jack of all trades. John was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a lifetime blood donor to the Canadian Red Cross, and sat on the Board of his condo building. His legacy will be his commitment to his family, especially to his wife Shirley, whom he cared for during her final five year decline with Alzheimer’s disease. John found new love and happiness marrying Joan Stockall in 2008.

John is survived by his wife, Joan, and his children, John D. (Dawn) Nash, New Market MD; Greg Nash, Seal Harbour; Rob (Kim MacKenzie), Dartmouth; Suzanne (Mark) MacDonald, Halifax; and stepsons Barry Stockall, Halifax and Paul Stockall, Jupiter FL; grandchildren Matthew and Luke Nash (mother Sheri); Erin, Amy, and Sarah Nash (mother Danielle); Drew, Liam, and Chloe MacDonald; sisters Peggy (Wes) Lewis, Orleans ON; Delores (Danny) Newell, Kanata ON; and Pat (Michael) Cedeno, Wasaga Beach ON; and many nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to give special thanks to the Dartmouth General Hospital, EHS, VON, CBI Homehealth, the Palliative Care team (Mitch Deveau), and especially Hospice Halifax where John received exceptional care.

Visitation to take place on Saturday, October 17th from 2-4pm at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St, Halifax NS, B3K 5C9.

Funeral Mass to be held Monday October 19, 10:00 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church (St. Peter's site), 10 Maple Street, Dartmouth.

Donations can be made to Hospice Halifax (in lieu of flowers):

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, October 19, 2020


John W. Nash

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Cathy Newell

October 20, 2020

Dear Cousins: Sue, John, Rob, & Greg
My deepest heartfelt sympathies to you on the loss of your father, uncle John. Lots of memories of your parents from childhood visits, but especially during the times that I lived in Dartmouth. I have a favourite photo of him on the sailboat, during one of the few times that I went out with him. Wonderful visits while down in Chester Basin, together with Nannie & Papa.

Dear Joan, it was wonderful that uncle John found you to share his life.

May your hearts be filled with beautiful memories that will carry and sustain you into the future. My thoughts are with you and I am sending virtual hugs to everyone. 💕

Much love to you all.

David and Elaine Holland

October 19, 2020

To the Family:
We were sad to learn of John’s passing.
Sending our love and sincere condolences to each one. Lots of wonderful memories with the Nash family.
May God be your peace and strength in the days ahead.
Cousin Elaine and husband David

Katen Pierce

October 18, 2020

Suzanne & Family,
I’m saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. I hope the support from your family and your many friends helps to ease some of your sorrow.
In Friendship,
Karen Pierce

Joan O'Keefe, sc

October 18, 2020

My sympathy ,Joan, for you and all of John's family and other friends. He was such a great guy.

Love and prayers,

Ian & Bev Stewart

October 17, 2020

Dear Joan & Family
So sorry to hear of the passing of John. We will always remember him from the days at the Woodside bowling alley. He was a wonderful team member who always had a lovely smile which lit up the premises. We hope it comforts you to know that your grief is shared by us. He was a wonderful man and he will be missed.
With Deepest Sympathy
Ian & Bev

Ann Krane

October 17, 2020

We remember John as an extremely helpful board member at Lake Banook Woods. Whenever we met him we were greeted with such a warm smile.
Our thoughts are with Joan and the family.
Ann Krane and Marlene Jewell

Donald Dawe

October 17, 2020

RIP John!
John and Shirley were good Colby Village neighbours .
Good memories.
Don Dawe


October 17, 2020

Our most sincere condolences to John's family and friends. He lived a long and fulfilled life and may he rest in peace.


October 16, 2020

TO THE JOHN NASH FAMILY: It is with our deepest condolences that we, Irene Nash, Mick & Margaret Nash, Greg & Ethel Nash & Gerald & Sharon Nash, would like to extend to you all. We know that John was a great, caring & loving man . Now he can share these traits with God & others that are in Heaven . When we can recall fond memories of anyone, we know they have influenced our lives. Thanks John from all of us - God Bless

Sara MacDonald

October 16, 2020

It was always lovely to share a moment with John at family gatherings. He was always so kind and showed great interest in everyone's adventures. He was a generous man with a contagious smile. You will be missed, John. Love, Sara MacDonald, and the Webb boys


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