Oshawa Funeral Home


John Logan Sykes

January 12, 1935March 5, 2021

It is with the greatest sadness the family of John Logan Sykes shares his passing on March 5, 2021. John’s pride and joy was his family: Helen, his beloved wife and best friend of almost 66 years, his devoted children Sally (Jim), Steve (Jennifer), Stan (Barb, and late daughter-in-law Shelley), his cherished grandchildren Zach (Sarah), Laura, Brittany (Darren), Nolan, Makayla, Brayden, and Poppa John’s adored great grandson Llewyn. John loved and was loved by family pets Toby, Czar, Gizmo, Deezel, Oakley, Bailey, Burley, Bear, and Rosie.

John was born and raised in Warkworth, Ontario, eldest brother of Stan (Kathleen), Lachlan (Sharon), and the late Robert (Hazel). John lived a long and productive life, working at General Motors, enjoying summers with Helen and their family at their Hastings cottage, playing many hands of euchre, bid euchre and cribbage, mastering complex jigsaw puzzles and sudokus, and always lending a hand or a tool for repairs, big or small. John / Dad / Poppa was a fun loving person with the most engaging smile. He will be sadly missed by his extended family and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Wednesday, March 10th from 5:45 – 8 p.m. and Thursday March 11th from 12:30 – 1 p.m. To reserve a time to attend the visitation please click on the link:

A private family service will be held on Thursday March 11th at 1:30 p.m.

If you wish, donations to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada or Lakeridge Health Oshawa Cancer Centre are appreciated.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


John Logan Sykes

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jerry and Nemesia Vause

March 14, 2021

Nemesia and I send condolences to Helen, Sally, Steven, Stanley and literally everyone whom has ever had the pleasure of knowing John. People use the phrase “he would give you the shirt off his back” quite often and nothing could be more truthfully said about John ( I think that’s why he was shirtless all summer long lol). You could tell by the look on his face that he was always happy to see you, as his smile lit fires in your heart. I’ll never forget the look of pure joy in his eyes. As a husband and a father I can tell you I’m glad to see that he passed on his torch to his wife and kids because I see the same twinkle in their eyes. My only regret is not sitting more with Helen and John enjoying the sunset, because just like a beautiful blooming flower soaking up every last ray of the evening sun is where they would always be. (Unfortunately that’s also the best fishing time.❤️

Pat Keenan Wry

March 12, 2021

Dear Steve and family. I am so sorry to hear about your dads passing, My heart is hurting for all of the family, I know what it is like to loose a dad, My condolences to your mom Pattie Keenan ( Wry)

Margo McLaughlin

March 11, 2021

Sally, Jim & Family,

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Margo and Dave McLaughlin

Gail Scott

March 11, 2021

Dear Sally and family

I was sorry to read of your dad's passing. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Gail (Beattie) Scott

Lisa Skinkle

March 10, 2021

My deepest condolences to all the the family. A lot of my fondest childhood memories were from the annual picnic! My thoughts and and prayers are with all of you.

Owen Skinkle

March 10, 2021

My sister (Linda Martinell) and I send sincere condolences to Helen,Steve,Stan and families. John is going to be missed by so
many people.
We have many memories of the annual family picnics at
John and Helen's cottage in Hastings.
Treasure your memories.

Barry Dearborn

March 10, 2021

Helen, Sally, Steve, and Stan, words cannot express how sorry and sad I am at John's passing. We knew each other for over 60 years but I don't remember our first meeting...I was 1, so John has always been part of my life. On Central Park South and many times at the cottage on Rice Lake.
I will miss entering the side door of the house and hearing that voice from the basement yell, "come on down!" Just won't be the same.
What great memories you have of John, as do many.
See you soon.
Barry and Liz

Lynn Hooper (Yule)

March 10, 2021

To the Sykes Family,
So sorry to hear of John's passing. His friendliness and kindness will be missed and remembered by many. Condolences to all.

Karen Justice

March 9, 2021

My mom and dad were Marg and Cecil Wartman and I remember John showing up at our farm every Christmas morning. Now I was much much younger than but I do think there was some drinking involved. I hope you find peace and tranquility in the days/weeks/months and years to come. Many sympathies on your loss.

Marilyn Newson

March 9, 2021

Helen, Sally, Steven, Stanley and families
I was fortunate to be a neighbor at the cottage where I could have regular chats, a cup of tea, or a card game. I will miss John's sense of humor and that twinkle in his eye.
I hope that good memories will remain with you always.
My condolences

Marilyn Newson