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John Francis DeRabbie


John Francis DeRabbie

JOHN FRANCIS DERABBIE 04 July 1932 – 22 July 2018

John passed away peacefully in Belleville General Hospital, Belleville, Ontario following a short battle with cancer, on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Born in Hazel Hill, he was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Annie (Casey) DeRabbie and his brother, Billy.  John is survived by his loving wife, Hazel (Horton) of Bancroft, Ont. and previously of Canso, his sisters, Mary (Les) Ritter, Antigonish; Cynthia, Hazel Hill; Elizabeth, Truro; brother, Donnie (Lorri), Waterloo, Ont. along with many nieces and nephews both in Ontario and Nova Scotia.  He will be sadly missed by his best friend, Francis Lyons, who was like a brother.

John moved to Toronto in 1955 to be with the love of his life and where he and Hazel married in 1956.  He worked as an auto mechanic for the City of Toronto and spent much of their spare time at their cottage and hunting camp with his family and friends.

John was a true "Jack of all Trades" and could build and refurbish almost anything.  He was always in high demand when something went wrong or needed repair.

When they retired, John and Hazel moved to Gilmour, Ontario where they transformed their cottage into a year round home and threw themselves into community life and where John remained active until very recently.

John enjoyed playing (and winning) cards and golfing with his community friends.   He will be missed by all who knew him.

Cremation has taken place and his remains will be laid to rest in Bayview Cemetery, Half Island Cove at a later date. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at:



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Burial Time
At a later date
Burial Location
Bayview Cemetery, Half Island Cove , Guysborough County