John "Jack" Frederick Foote

December 2, 1921April 28, 2021
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In Loving Memory

It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Jack Foote on Wednesday April 28th at the age of 99. Beloved husband of the late Mary Foote. Cherished father of John, Barbara (Carl) and Dorothy (Jeff). Loving grandfather to Neil (Amelia), Erin, Kyle (Erica) and Eric (Kristen) and great-grandfather to Ava and Jack. Adored brother of Dorothy Smith (Donald) and the late William Foote. Longtime dear friend of Celia Hamilton.

Jack enjoyed many years living with his son John and attending various sporting events together. He was an extremely devoted family man who loved spending time at the cottage with his extended family. He was a proud member of the Royal Canadian Navy as a Lieutenant on a Motor Torpedo Boat during WWII. Following the war he received his BPHE and Bachelor of Education at the University of Toronto. His teaching career started in Owen Sound and was followed by many years as a teacher and principal with the North York Board of Education. While in Owen Sound he played lacrosse for the Owen Sound Crescents and was a proud member of the 1950 Mann Cup Canadian Championship team.

The family would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to the staff at Canterbury Place Retirement Residence. Thank you also to Dr. Shergold and the wonderful staff at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre for their exceptional care and guidance over the last 5 months.

In lieu of flowers the family would ask you to consider donations in memory of Jack to The Alzheimer Society or the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre.

A funeral service for immediate family will take place on Wednesday May 5th at 1:30 p.m. The service will be available via the following link:


  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021



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Jane and Dennis McCarthy

May 12, 2021

We sooo enjoyed watching the video of your Dad's service, as well as spotting some photos of our family throughout the years. We are so sorry for your lose of a wonderful man, great dad/grand-dad/GGrandad., and warm/sweet fellow. He so inspired us all as a compassionate father figure, smile-on-your face and let's persevere person, and amazing role model for all who follow in his footsteps. As we've experienced, we know how hard it is to lose your Pops: your rock, sounding board, and someone who has been there always for you with sound, thoughtful, sage, and loving advise. He will always be in your/our hearts and souls: please take comfort in knowing that throughout your lives you'll reflect back on those MANY happy times that you shared together that created memories. We send our hugs to ALL of you; we hope to see you again very soon!!

Sandra Curtis

May 9, 2021

Our family has known Jack for at least 20 years. He has been a wonderful part of our lives...happy memories of birthdays, holidays and raising our glasses (rum and coke) to life and togetherness.
Jack was an absolutely perfect partner for my mother, Celia. I always wanted Jack to accompany Mom at every family event as he was an integral part to our gatherings for myself, husband Steven Trumper and both our daughters. We miss him!!

Elva Barrowman

May 7, 2021

What a wonderful tribute to Jack. The eulogies were both amazing and touching and made me think of the following quote from Julius Casear: This was the noblest Roman of them all. His life was gentle, and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, "This was a man."

I was so glad that I knew him for the few years that I did.

Love Elva Barrowman

Jed Chinneck

May 6, 2021

Condolences to the family for your loss.
Jack would probably not remembered me but I surely remember him.
He was the principal at George S Henry Secondary School for the 4 years I was a student there. I graduated in 1971 - 50 years ago, and I can still picture him coming out of his office with a smile on his face.
I remember him as a kind and funny man who always took the time to to talk to the students.
I am saddened by his loss
Jed Chinneck

Laura Williams

May 5, 2021

Dear Dorothy, Barb, John and your family.
We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. I didn’t know your father but after reading his obituary and watching your very touching and loving tribute at his service I wish I did. The photos were beautiful and timeless and I’m sure your father would have loved your selection of the toe tapping songs that you chose! Take care and continue to cherish those precious memories that your father created. ❤️
Love Laura and Kyle Williams

Terry & Bill Fender

May 5, 2021

We're so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He truly was a wonderful man and always very welcoming to us!

Myra Berg

May 5, 2021

My condolences to you all at the loss of your beloved dad & granddad. My mom, Mary (Foote) McKenzie was Jack’a first cousin. We had the pleasure of seeing him at many family gatherings with my mom’s siblings (Margaret Norgate, Jean Jackson and Bert Foote) over the years. I have many happy memories of listening to them reminisce about times spent together when they were children. It was a link to my own grandparents who I never got to meet. He was a kind and engaging man and I remember him very fondly. As another connection, I ended up marrying one of his past students. Ken held him in the highest regard even though I’m sure your dad didn’t have an easy time with my ‘teenaged’ husband. May happy memories sustain you and help to get you through. He has left a beautiful legacy in the lives he touched.

Myra (McKenzie) Berg

Marguerite Jackson

May 5, 2021

To each of you,
I watched the service today and was deeply moved by the tribute you paid to your father and grandfather.

Jack was legend in the North York Board of Education. Truly the teacher/educator any one of us would want for our own children and this was captured in the memorials from each who spoke.

Even though you mourn now, may his love and vibrancy continue to resonate with you as a reminder that life is still somehow good, despite the emptiness of his absence.

Marguerite Jackson
Director of Education, NY Bd of Ed & TDSB

Janet Love

May 5, 2021

What a beautiful service today. Thank you Barb, Dorthy, Neil, Erin, Kyle and Eric for sharing your wonderful memories.

I met Jack and his loving family in 2003 when I began dating John.
I started going to ROCK games with them . We always had a good time, however, Jack was not impressed with the music. Plus he actually became agitated when the ball was picked off by one of our defensive players and almost stopped after crossing the 8 sec. line while the offense players came on.
I have so many wonderful memories but the one that touched my heart most, was one day I was visiting Jack at Canterbury Place and a caregiver came in to see him and he introduced me as his daughter. Now that brought tears.

Rest in peace Jack

Linda Nelles

May 5, 2021

My Thank Note to Mr. Foote

Thank you for being so awesome and one of the kindest and most generous people I know

Thank you for opening up your cottage for the enjoyment of so many over the years of which I and my family on occasion were lucky enough enjoy with you and still carry those fond memories
Thank you for liking Rum and coke and cheesie as much as I do.

Thankyou for raising such a loving, caring, beautiful family that can now continue to touch our hearts... the way you did ours.

Thankyou for your Military Service to this country and the many sacrifices you had to make along the way.

Dorothy, John, Barb and your families, I hope you can all take great comfort in the memories you all share at the cottage, Jays games and Jays training camp, the lovely family trips your dad took you on and for all his cheer leading efforts. He was truly a gift. The Bond you all have is His gift to you and His greatest achievement.

My deepest Sympathies, hugs and love to you all,

love Nelles
(and my family)