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Lee, John Charles

LEE, John Charles

1956 - 2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved father, John Charles Lee (known to some as Jeff), on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the age of 62 in Ottawa, Ontario.

John was born on September 30, 1956 in Galt, Ontario. He will be remembered for his willingness to help anyone, his kindness to others, his positive and upbeat attitude, his comical entertaining, exciting magic shows, his love of coaching basketball and his love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. He worked for many years in sales but his favourite job was coaching.

He coached several basketball teams including, Georgian College Men’s & Women’s Varsity teams. Because of his compounding medical issues resulting from a house explosion accident in 1974, he eventually had to go on permanent disability. Most recently he continued his love for learning as a student at the Adult High School of Ottawa, where he volunteered daily with the breakfast club. John is survived by his three children, Emily (Greg) McAteer, Ben (Katarina), Lindsay (Garreth) Haberstock, and their mother Cindy Lee. He is survived by his six grandchildren Rhys, Declan, Felix, Garrett, Marius, and Rozalia. He is also survived by his parents Jeff & Sheila Lee, and his nine siblings, Ellen Stortini, Cathy (George) Piper, Jamie, Lori (Joe) Callahan, Mairi Gieni, Keran, Joel (Sarah), Jeremy (Kelly Keating), Josh, and by all of his nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7-9 p.m. at the Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa at 419 St. Laurent Blvd. The funeral service for John will be held on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel at 1017 Prince of Wales Drive, in Ottawa, with a reception to follow the service.

Those who wish to send flowers may send them to the Funeral Co-operative of Ottawa at 419 St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa, ON, K1K 2Z8. John will be laid to rest in the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

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The family of John Lee

To our friends and family,
We love you and are thinking of you at this time. We will have you in our prayers.
With love and sincerity,
Jared, Jessica, Max, Caleb, Thomas, and Porter.

Jared McAteer, December 23, 2018

John Lee

When I began to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, John was one of my missionaries. He confirmed me a member of the achurch at that time. He was fun to be with and stayed a friend in those early years of membership. After his mission, John boarded with my husband and me. We had moved into my grandfather’s house after he passed away. I still had some old suits that belonged to my grandfather in the closet in John’s room after he moved in so I cleared them out, and dropped them in the Goodwill donation box. When John came home that night, he asked me where I had put HIS suit! Some kind souls had given him a good used suit and I had given it away! I called Goodwill they assured me it would have already been picked up so John and I went downtown to their warehouse to look for it! The first thing we encountered was a literal mountain of clothes! It was a staggering sight! The workers assured us, a good suit would have been sorted right away. So, we headed to the suit room. There must have been hundreds and hundreds of suits in a room the size of a double gym! We just looked at each other and shook our heads. John, bless him, walked away without his suit that day and let me off the hook (pun intended) for giving his away.

When we moved a few months later, John came with us. He was there one Saturday morning when a terrible smell pervaded the house. I roused everyone and called the fire department. I was sure the house would catch on fire or blow up and we’d only lived there two weeks! It turned out to be ammonia used as a coolant in an old fridge kindly left behind for us in the basement by the previous owners! John took it all in stride with good humour. It was an interesting way to meet our neighbours!

Each of us will have our own unique memories of John. I was so pleased to read about his family, children and grandchildren and all of the work he did and things he accomplished along with his spirit of volunteering.

My thoughts are with all of you at this time. I was glad to know this young man whose willingness to serve a
Mission was part of his gift to me and in turn, my own family.

Susan Shepherd Haley, December 23, 2018

Ben and his family

We are so sadden by the sudden death of your father. Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time. Love to you and your family.

Richard and Lucie Martial, December 23, 2018

Lee Family

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies for your tremendous loss. Our memories of John are filled with his zest for life, his love of humanity, his abiliity to make others feel joy and happiness, his comical and caring nature and his robust and sincere caring of others. We are thankful and appreciative for knowing him, feeling of his gentle love and witnessing his creative and funny nature. John was blessed with many talents which he freely shared with others. May the love of family and the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ bring you comfort at this challenging time. Cherish the memories - they are yours forever. Much love, The Stapleton Family

Terri and Dan Stapleton, December 23, 2018

Family of John Charles Lee

I was saddened by the news of John's passing. I will always remember him for his positivity, his sense of humour and his great magic tricks. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in the Saviour's love and promise of the resurrection.

Donna Kay, December 23, 2018

Emily, Ben and Lindsay

I am sad to hear of your dad's sudden passing. I wish I could go to the service, but Marcel and I will be out of town visiting our grandchildren! Your dad was always so sweet and welcoming to both of us. We will miss him at church! Marcel will miss going Home Teaching with him. Hugs xxoo Marcel and Mona Heagle

Mona Heagle , December 23, 2018

Cathy Piper

I was shocked, as was most of you also, when I heard of his passing. How very sad. I wish you and your family all the peace and love your Heavenly Father has in store for you in your time of mourning.

Danielle, December 23, 2018

Cindy Lee

Hi Cindy......I’m so sorry to hear about John. He is one of my very favourite persons. There’s so many memories I have of John. I know I haven’t seen you for a very long time but I truly will miss him. Sending all my love and best wishes.

Sam Misseri

Sam Misseri

Sam Misseri , December 23, 2018

Cindy and family

I recall so vividly the wonderful experiences John and I had as home teaching companions for several years in Barrie ON. I got to know him as a friend and a brother. Yes, he truly had a big heart and the courage to endure the challenging trials and disappointments of life with humour and positivity.

Steve Henderson, December 23, 2018

The family

My sympathies to the family. I remember Jeff from Chapel Hill Ward; I remember his sense of humour, his love of the gospel and most especially his love for his children. He spoke about them often. I hope that good memories sustain you all at this time.

Joanne Murphy, December 23, 2018

The Family of Jeff Lee

To the Family of Jeff Lee,

May you find strength together in this time of great loss. Jeff was my student at AHS. He was so kind hearted, charming, intelligent and always humble. He will be missed, but not forgotten. May he now rest in peace.

Najam Khan, December 24, 2018

Jeff Lee’s Family

I am so sorry for your loss. Jeff was a student of mine who brought so much humour, kindness, and wisdom to the school environment; he always greeting everyone with a smile & a sweet, kind thought for the day. His cheery, positive demeanour will be always be cherished and remembered. My sincerest condolences. Anne Kostiuk

Anne Kostiuk, December 24, 2018

John's family

Good morning. It is with a heavy heart that I express my condolences. I am a teacher at Adult High School and I worked with Jeff (that is the name he went by at school) at our Breakfast Club for several years. He was so hardworking, positive, friendly---a real star at our school. Whatever we needed, he would volunteer his time to help us. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies.
Miranda Kastrinos

Miranda Kastrinos, December 24, 2018

Jeff's family

I was fortunate to know Jeff as a student at AHS. A kind, gentle and caring person who was a integral part of our school community. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My prayers are with all of you during this very sad and difficult time. God bless, Janice Smith, teacher AHS

Janice Smith, December 24, 2018

John (Jeff) Lee

Jeff, thank you for greeting me everday at AHS with your warm smile, and for volunteering your time. You made our school a better place. You won't be forgotten my friend.

David Nesbitt, December 24, 2018

Jeff's family and friends

My condolences to you with heartfelt sympathy in this time of sadness! May his soul rest in peace; he was a great man!
-Rola Wansa
Adult high school teacher

Rola Wansa, December 24, 2018

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