John Trussell

October 17, 1928October 10, 2020

It is with great sadness the family of Arthur “Big John” Trussell announces his passing on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 in his 92nd year. Loving husband to Bertha Trussell (nee Matthews) for 67 years. Father to Bob (Kathy), Doug (Cindy), Dave (Kathy), and Janet Bradley. Grandpa to Matthew, Tim, Elizabeth, Michael, Julie, Arthur, Sarah, April, Dan, and Joe. Great-Grandpa to Sofia, Stephanie, Avery, Anya, Aubree, Maddie, Ellie, Lucas, Will, Andrew, Brigitte, Henry, Wesley, Eva, Emma, Emilia, Finn, Peter, and Olive.

A.J. was born in Luton, England in 1928 to Frank and Gertrude Trussell. In his 20s, he started working at Vauxhall Motors as an apprentice toolmaker. He was given a scholarship to attend General Motors Institute in Flint, Michigan to earn his engineering degree. He graduated in 1951, returning to England to continue his career at Vauxhall Motors. After marrying Bertha, John decided to move to Canada in 1953 to start a new career with General Motors in St. Catharines. He retired from GM after 33 years. John and Bertha started growing their family immediately upon arrival in Canada. His family always came first. John was involved in coaching soccer, playing rugby and was involved with the St. Catharines Rowing Club, but of all his affiliations, the Masonic Lodge was dearest to him. John loved to be surrounded by his ever-growing family.

A private family funeral service will be held at the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street, St. Catharines (905-684-6346). Interment at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens will take place at a later date.

Donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.



  • Private Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020



  • Interment


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Jane Cunningham

October 18, 2020

George and I send our condolences to the extended Trussel family. We remember John as always friendly, always welcoming and know he will be missed. With love,
Jane Cunningham and George Stephenson

Cindy Trussell

October 17, 2020

Never doubt that Dad Trussell loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren! From the first request for some to arrive almost the moment after Doug and I said our "I dos" to him proudly showing us pictures of little Olive the last time we visited him, they all held a special place in his heart. What amazed me was how comfortable he felt with tiny babies. In my experience, that is not the norm for men. If a little one was fussy or had a tummy ache, I can still picture him saying, "Hand him/her over here". He would sit back, cross-legged in his easy chair, place the baby on his chest and lean back. He would have such a look of joy, love and contentment and the little one would have settled right down, often fast asleep.
I'm sure going to miss you Dad and all the ways you have encouraged Doug through the years especially the interest you showed in all his little and big projects around here. He could hardly wait some days to come in and send you the latest progress picture. I am grateful for all the wonderful memories I have of you including this one I shared today.
Love Cindy

John Thin

October 16, 2020

I was Senior Warden of Seymour Lodge #277 when John was the Master of the lodge in 1977. We went through the lodge officers' positions together. I came to know AJ very well.
He cared about Freemasonry in general and Seymour Lodge in particular and was active over many years in making sure the lodge building and facilities were in good order.
My sincere condolences to John's family and friends. May your memories continue to shine and comfort you all.
John S. Thin , W.M. 1978.

Art Bradley

October 16, 2020

R.I.P grandpa I'm really going to miss you. You where a great man who I looked up to. Im going to miss watching Jays games with you. Ever since I was a a little kid I can remember watching games with you. And I'm glad the last time we where together we got to watch a game. even though the Rays ended up knocking the Jays out of the playoffs. Love you gramps I know one day we will watch a game together again.


Jan Bradley

October 16, 2020

Dear Dad,
Tomorrow we should have been raising a glass together on your 92nd birthday but instead we are celebrating a life well lived. As our family patriarch, you were always there when anyone in the family needed support and guidance. Let’s be honest, you offered your “guidance” even when we did not ask for it and more often than not that was a good thing too!
My childhood memories include fishing trips, a haircut at the barber shop (!!) but most memorable of all was the day you accidently introduced me to my childhood passion for animals and horses at Duda’s farm (really dad a five-year-old girl and a gentle giant horse what did you think would happen?) Happily, that passion has been passed on to my best buddy Aubree.
In my adult years, you were there when life threw me curveballs and while “if there weren’t two kinds of luck you wouldn’t have any at all” may not have been the words of encouragement some would look for it always made me smile and set me off to fight another day. Thanks for that strength dad.
Spoiler Alert- Who can forget your annual performances as the Doric Club Santa? I remember the Christmas that Sarah crushed Art’s belief in Santa for good with “ever wonder why gramps disappears every-time Santa shows up?” Sarah, hopefully you will let little Olive have a few good years believing in Santa before you tell her the story of your Santa Gramps?
To Art and Sarah, you are ‘Gramps’. They have such happy memories of their times with you and mum and your presence in their lives is not bound by physical being, it is with them always. From the classic “Art where did you hide my hammer this time?” to the many long-distance renditions of “Happy Birthday dear Sarah” you are a fixture in all our hearts.
I hope everyone will raise a glass of their finest on October 17th and celebrate your life with us.
We love you; we miss you but most of all we know you live on through every one of us who remembers your life well lived.
Cheers dad!
Love Jan

Sarah Bradley

October 16, 2020

All the memories at King's Grant Court, which felt like our second home. The  dinners him and grandma spent hours preparing , that would be cold come time to eat ;) I've yet to make my roasted potatoes taste as good as his. He loved us all, made us laugh, listened and always offered help.  

Let's all keep making him proud! ..and I hope someone in the family got the Yorkshire pudding recipe down. :)

June Gill

October 16, 2020

I have known John for the past 50 yrs. My husband (Ron Gill) was the coach of the soccer team his son David played on. So, we would see John and Bertha every week at the game, I don't think they ever missed a game!
John was my neighbour at Ina Grafton for the past six years, always very pleasant and sociable. He will be missed!
To all of John's large family please accept my sincere condolences.

Pete Broccolo

October 16, 2020

My condolences to the Trussell children and their families over the loss of your Dad. I remember Bob and Doug, and I was a team-mate of Dave.
Grantham HS Class of 1975

walt swibb

October 16, 2020

To Bertha Bob, Doug, David, Janet and families, my deepest, deepest sympathy....I revered John Trussell, he was my mentor, a kind soul ,a genuine guy with an unparalleled sense of humor highly regarded by the GM hierarchy and by those of us who served him..."Rest easy my dear friend" with affection...Walt

Doug Gillard

October 16, 2020

Doug and Bob Sorry to hear about the lose of your dad . He was my counsellor in the soap box derby in 1966, the year I won. Keep the memories!


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