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John Edgar Petrie

September 19, 1942June 8, 2020

John Edgar Petrie was born on September 19, 1942 and passed away on June 8, 2020 in Tofino, British Columbia and is under the care of Chapel of Memories Funeral Directors.

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Shirley Petrie

June 29, 2020

In 1991 John and I were set up on a blind....and married in 1997,,,After several years of living on the road in our beautiful bus that John himself designed and built, we decided to settle in Chilliwack British Columbia..We eventually parted ways, but remained friends to the end.
John was the smartest man I had ever met, and was always ready to share his talents with whomever need need it.
John introduced me to the world of fishing and hunting, and the processing of our catch...I can tell you that no matter where and what we were doing, you can be sure that we were home by 4 pm (happy hour)...
John will be remember for his creative work, and amazing sense of humor..
John ..surely you must have left this world thinking " I lived life to the fullest, and "I did it my way"..RIP John

Paul Paterson

June 22, 2020

Memories? Oh yes, I have a few... I met John when he was running his own speed shop, Northern Performance, in Cooksville, Ont.
That was March of 1966 where John was in the process of purchasing the Argyl Canadian Highlander. His intention was to go racing full time as a professional drag racer and was the first Canadian to do so.
John being in need of an assistant, offered me the job, which I took. Within a couple of weeks, John set the new NHRA National record in the E/XS class at, York, Pennsylvania.
John had an intuitive mind when it came to marketing himself or his products. He was also the most innovative person I ever had the pleasure and honor of working with. John and his dear wife, Grace and I, toured the country for 4 plus years together and I can not recall one angry word between us.
That was John, not one angry word. He was my friend and hero.
I love you man and thanks aren't near enough for the memories.
You will never be forgotten.

Mark Sommer

June 22, 2020

I will always remember John as a kind, gifted, fun-spirited man that everyone enjoyed being around. There are so many stories, and with them, great memories from our time on Go Home Lake. My family and I are so fortunate to have these memories. John was a man who was involved with so much, but he always had the time for us kids. I think that was so special, and one of his many gifts. His impact on me as young boy on the lake growing up around boats and snowmobiles is something that I’ll never be able to quantify. And if there is a measure of a man to improve anything he touches, or the hearts he reaches in a lifetime, John Petrie was that man.
-Lots of great memories with John, Janie, and Tiffany. John, you’ll be missed.

Mark Sommer
GHL, Ontario

GaryG McLennan

June 15, 2020

I meet John in 1969 when we lived in the same part of Bayridges Ont. I was 15 at the time.It started with just helping push the cars into the garage and it turned in to 4 years racing all over North America.So as for memories I have so many I would not know where to start.John was my hero and like a father to me.The last time we talked was in May of this year.We always talked about racing and talked about what he would of done differently if we ever had the chance .It was a joy to have had John a part of my life and i am a better person for it.Thanks for all the good times and great memories.Between all of us there is more then enough to write a book.RIP my friend until we talk again.

Kate Laverty- Gannon

June 14, 2020

Although I didn't get to spend alot of time with my Uncle John growing up, (he in B.C with my Aunt Janie and cousin Tiffany and my family in Ont) he was always kind, attentive and full of fun when I visited with him. My condolences to my cousin Tiff and to her boys Jayson, Ryan and Tyler.

Andy Pennemann

June 13, 2020

I met John when he was retired and spending his summers in Chilliwack BC and living the life of a snowbird, traveling down south for the winters. He was a master mechanic and would take the time to help me with my truck and boat when I had mechanical issues. John loved Salmon fishing, and I enjoyed a few mornings with him on the Vedder river trading stories. When we left BC for work, John took the time to check in on my dad who lived just up the hill from their summer home. John was always willing to lend a hand and had an infectious smile and a great sense of humor. We lost touch for a few years but reconnected and would visit him on the West Coast of Vancouver Island every summer. A legend in the Drag Racing world, John and his team brought the trophies home to Canada. Thanks for the memories, you will be missed... Condolences to family and friends
RIP John Petrie

Lonnie James

June 13, 2020

My deepest condolences to out to the family and friends of John Petrie.🙏 I worked at a local Dragstrip in the late 70's but never learned of the legendary Canadian Drag Racer John Petrie until my friend Robin McQueen got me intrigued about this iconic Canadian Drag Racer through a Web page. The accomplishment were many and his legacy will forever live on though us Gearheads, his Decal forever wil adorne my Mopar.🙏🙏

Tiffany Blasak (Petrie)

June 13, 2020

Retirement from racing led to family and friends. His marriage to Mary Jane Petrie (Laverty) resulted in one daughter and eventually three grandsons. He was married to Janie until her passing in 1991. John then married Shirley Ann Bell and enjoyed actual retirement on the road and seeing North America. The traveling bug satisfied, John then settled in Ucluelet with his now partner Teresa Mack to enjoy fishing and time on the water.

After leaving the Toronto area, John enjoyed life on Go Home Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario. He and Janie lived year round on the lake and flipped cottages. Still enjoying a taste of the fast lane, John raced speed boats on the lake and perfected his barefoot water skiing in the summer. Winters brought snowmobile racing with lengthy day trips throughout the Muskoka region and racing over open water. Weekend and summer residents soon become close friends.

In 1978, John and Janie decided to “move out west and build a log house”. And that’s exactly what they did. John’s genius ability manifested in a log home and log shop which they built themselves. When John’s mom moved from Ontario they built that one too. His skills having grown from mechanics to carpentry, he worked on the tug boats and various other jobs while they remained in Nakusp, BC.

During these years, friends frequented their home and John continued to enjoy boats, snowmobiles and even took up a project building a bus motor home. From an old shell, he reconstructed from the frame up, a home on wheels to travel in his senior years.

He believed that anything was doable. And everyday he proved it to be true. His innovation, resourcefulness and joviality was inspirational and infectious.

Norm Noddle

June 13, 2020

Not only a pioneer and champion Drag Racer, but a great mind who succeeded at what ever he tried. RIP John Petrie.

Dan Dertien

June 13, 2020

John you are a true Legend! Thank you for all the wonderful memories! May you Rest in Peace ♥