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21 North Court Street
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 4T4
Phone: 807-345-5351
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John Lees

John Lees

Friday, March 24th, 1967 Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

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Obituary for John Lowry Lees

1967 – 2019

It is with profound sadness that John’s family announces that John died in Thunder Bay on 2nd March 2019,

John was born in North Bay in March 1967, to parents William and Helen Lees. Following his family who moved to Thunder Bay, thence back to North Bay, and then to Kenora where he graduated from Beaver Brae Secondary School in 1985. He subsequently went to Lakehead University and later to Brock University in southern Ontario, where he studied business and commerce.

Returning to Thunder Bay in 1999 he worked with his mother in Camelot Jewellers Ltd. He secured his certification from the Gemological Institute of America in 1991. Having been involved in jewellery business computer applications, he became interested in computer programming more generally, and later moved to Toronto to work for a private company which offered website setup and operational services to the general public. In 2012 he returned to Thunder Bay, and later created his own computer programming company, which offered a variety of services to a wide range of domestic and international clients.

John had many other interests. Along with friends he was a founding member of a Thunder Bay
rock band (Cold Fusion), where he played lead guitar. He read widely, played tennis, and was interested in sports cars and motorcycling. He was also an accomplished landscape photographer. He enjoyed foreign travel, and visited Northern Ireland and the Mediterranean with his parents, and central America and the USA.

He is survived by his parents William and Helen Lees, his brother Brian (Susan) of Los Angeles his sister Laurie (Stewart) of Kenora, and dear long-time family friend Dr. Suzanne Delaney of San Francisco.

Cremation has taken place and Family and friends are invited to an informal gathering at the Sargent Funeral Home, 21 North Court Street Thunder Bay, from 2.00 – 3.30pm on Friday 8th March 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northern Ontario Cancer Fund at the Thunder Bay Regional Sciences Centre, or other charity of choice. On-line condolences may be made at

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    Friday, March 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
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    Friday, March 8th, 2019
    2:00pm - 3:30pm
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    Friday, March 8th, 2019 |
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
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    Friday, March 8th, 2019

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Garry Gratzki

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your son John. Garry Gratzki
Comment | Posted at 03:33pm via Condolence

Michael Lenardon

I am sorry for you loss. John was our neighbour and shared some similar interests such as motorcycles, chess and technology.

MIchael Lenardon
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Angie ( Merkley) Miller

My deepest sympathy to the family. Definitely gone too soon.
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Michael Ball

I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great friend and band-mate and we spent many hours together practicing, touring and recording songs and planning our next big adventure. He was always fun to be around. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. This is just so very sad.

Michael Ball and Family (Ottawa)

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Terry and Sylvia Gunnell

We were very saddened to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Terry and Sylvia Gunnell
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