John Bryans Deyell

November 26, 1923August 19, 2013
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DEYELL, John Bryans – Passed away on August 19, 2013 at PRHC in Peterborough. John was born in Emily Township, just east of Omemee, Ontario on November 26, 1923. He was the son of David Thomas Deyell and Ellen “Nellie” Ford. John is survived by the love of his life Norma (nee Yarrow) and they were married in Toronto on April 17, 1948, yes, for over 65 years. John and Norma have a son, John Phillips (Marcia) and a daughter Ellen Louise Deyell. John Sr. will be greatly missed by John Jr.’s children, Brad (Leanne), Laura (Chip) and Chelsea (Vesa), and Ellen’s son Michael Acton (Chris). He will also be missed by Marcia’s children Colin, Neil (Aoife) and Lauren. John was Great Grampa to Brad and Leanne’s children, Maisie and Malcolm. John’s sister Betty (Don Magee) predeceased him. He will be missed by his nephews and nieces, the Magee family, Dave (Lynne), Paul (Joanne), Vicki (Paul), the Yarrow family, Jimmy (Bonnie) and Diane and all of their children. Let us not forget the dog he loved so much, Sedona. John grew up in Omemee working as a fishing guide on the Pigeon River as well as learning the trade of being a butcher in his father’s shop. He served in the Canadian Army for part of WWII. He learned another trade of refrigeration which led him to open his own appliance store in Peterborough after the war. In 1947 he met Norma in Jackson’s Point on the shores of Lake Simcoe. They were married on April 17, 1948 in Toronto. John continued his business until 1957 when he was enticed by Inglis to move to Toronto to further his longtime career in the appliance industry. John worked not only for Inglis, but also Moffat-McClary and eventually retired from CAMCO. John loved selling! John was a man of his word. Many of his sales deals were completed with only a handshake. The paperwork would come later. We know there is not much of that today! Not only did he sell appliances but many will remember the “stuff” at the end of the driveway in his beloved Kawartha Hideaway on Buckhorn Lake. The cottage which was bought in 1962 became his retreat, his retirement home and his place of peace. Through John’s life he loved to fish, hunt, curl, snowmobile, play hockey and also build balsa airplane models. Many of those models have hung and still hang in many children’s bedrooms and for sure in some adult places as well. John and Norma loved to entertain family, friends and neighbours as well as business associates. John struggled with many medical issues through the later part of his life but as we all know you did not hear him complain. He always was asking of others not telling of himself. He lived to his last days being bright, astute and still keeping up with the Blue Jays baseball and of course the Toronto Maple Leafs! He was a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. We will miss you, safe journey ahead. John’s service will take place on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at Christ Anglican Church, Omemee. The Reverend Peter Mills will officiate. Interment to follow at Emily Cemetery. A gracious and heartful thank you to all those who assisted Dad in his last stages of life at Empress Gardens, PRHC and the many others in the medical field. There are so many people to mention, but you all know who you are. I am sure many of you will miss the deliveries of corn and maple syrup. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, August 23, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 23, 2013

John Bryans Deyell

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August 26, 2013

Dear Norma, John, Ellen and Family
So sorry to hear of John's passing. You are all in our thoughts.
Your pictures brought back many memories for the both of us.
For me it is memories of Buckhorn with Ellen and John Jr.
For Larry it is also for a few years at Camco.

Know you are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

Sheila (Archibald) and Larry Gammon

Linda & Doug Wright

August 24, 2013

Dear Norma, John Jr., Marcia, Ellen and family....What a moving service today both in the church and at the gravesite. The gallery of photos here is a wonderful tribute to John Sr. and depicts the colourful history of John's life. We enjoyed our visits with John at Buckhorn - he was always such a gentleman and had a twinkle in his eye. Our sincere sympathy to you all.

Diane Albin

August 22, 2013

Aunt Norma, Ellen, John and family, words can not express how deeply saddened we are to hear of Uncle John's passing. I have so many fond memories that will make me smile for years to come. Words will not ease the pain of losing such a special person but please know you are all in our thoughts. Diane Albin and Jeff Sproule

August 22, 2013

Dear Norma, Ellen and John Jr. So sorry to hear of John's passing. Will miss our chats with a good friend and neighbour.
Paul and Trish

Lesia Komorowsky

August 22, 2013

Ellen and family please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

August 22, 2013

To Norma and Family, Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the passing of John.
From Judy Hiscott and Family
Milton, ON

Susan Portener

August 22, 2013

Dear Norma... I was so sad to hear of John's passing. He was a straight shooter and you never had to guess where he stood on an issue, I loved that about him. He was so sharp, witty and brilliant with his words. He even was cracking jokes with my Andrew the last time we saw him on August 9..."Keep those girlfriends coming have lots of time before you need to settle down!" he chuckled. It was obvious he was in much pain, but did not complain. Andrew and I are so glad he was awake and we got to speak to him that day. Much love and our heartfelt condolences.
Susan and Andrew Portener. (Palm Desert, California)

Mark & Janet

August 21, 2013

Dear Norma and family:
So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was such a warm & wonderful man who was the first to make us feel truly welcome when we made our permanent move to the Hideaway. Only John would have gone out of his way to pick and deliver shaggy mane mushrooms because Janet commented on how much she liked them! Although we had not seen him in a while he was often in our thoughts. You are in our thoughts.

August 21, 2013

Sorry to hear of John's passing. John was a much respected associate and a good friend during our Camco days together.
Frank Fontaine
Burlington, Ontario

kristine Drysdale Cutmore

August 21, 2013

Expressing my deepest sympathy to you Norma and family for your loss.My Dad ( Jack Drysdale ) always spoke so highly of John an what a gentleman he was. Kristine Drysdale Cutmore