John "Jack" Emerson formerly of Strathroy and Thedford died on Monday, January 18, 2021, at the age of 69.
Jack is predeceased by his common-law spouse of 30 years, Trudy Sherwood (Keck), and was the loving stepfather of Kathleen (Greg) Brophey, Jenifer Deeley (John McIntyre), Jillian Deeley, Trish Deeley, and Cristal (Phillip) Smith. Jack was proud to see his family grow with the addition of 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Jack was raised in a large family and will be lovingly missed by his siblings, Norma Arnel, Linda (Mel) Nutt, Pat Emerson, and Liz Emerson. Predeceased by his parents David and Ivadel Emerson, as well as his brothers Chris and Allan Emerson and brother-in-law Ernie Arnel. Jack will be missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Jack took great pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A man who loved to work in his garden, Jack could be found relaxing at the picnic table drinking a cold beer after working on his thriving vegetable garden. A Labbat's Blue, the Blue Jays, and his other favourite blue, the Toronto Maple Leaf's were Jack's way to spend time after a hard day's work. With over 20 years as an employee with Cuddy Farms, Jack took on a variety of jobs given to him at the company. Regarded as a good working colleague and a thoughtful friend.
Everyone who encountered Jack knew he was one of a kind, especially when he busted out that famous laugh. Dubbed Cacklin' Jack, his laugh was so catching you couldn't tell if you were laughing because of what he said or at his laugh.
Jack's family would like to thank Dr. Whynot and the staff at the Country Terrace Nursing Home for taking care of him: "You went above and beyond to make him at home and comfortable, and you became more like friends to him. Thank you for that." Family and friends continue to remember Jack for his sense of humour, good nature, and humility. A public memorial will not take place at this time, inurnment will take place at a later date at the Arkona Cemetery followed by a celebration of Jack's life.
Donations are appreciated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street East in Forest 519-786-4964. Please leave a memory or condolence online at www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com