John Desmond

John Geoffrey Desmond

1933 - 2021

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Obituary of John Geoffrey Desmond

John Geoffrey Desmond

May 16, 1933 – June 4, 2021


John passed away peacefully at home, at the age of 88.


John’s passion was his family and he cherished his time with them.  He leaves behind his soulmate and loving wife, Win Desmond (nee Budden) of 53 years.  Theirs is a love story that many only wish they had.  John met Win in 1966 in England, immigrated to Canada in 1967 and married on February 17, 1968.


John served 17 years in the British Army achieving the rank of Sergeant in the Royal Military police and served in England, Germany, South America, Hong Kong and Cyprus.  One of the highlights he often spoke of was being chosen to accompany the British Trade Minister at the time to South America on a trade mission which included stops in Chile, Argentina and Brazil.  John was  a long-time employee of Sears Canada as a security manager/investigator and retired in 1992.


John and Win had two daughters, Joanne Broad (Mike Rose) and Dana Edwards (Paul).


A very proud grandfather to his 5 grandchildren, Jessica, Amanda, Kara, Rachel & Blake.


He will be missed by his sister in law and brother in law Doris & Doug Crump (Oshawa, ON) and Dave & Sandra Budden (St. John’s, NL) and their daughter Sarah and family in England.


Predeceased by his parents Henry & Miriam Desmond, brother Dennis (Poland, 1941 – 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars), sister Lu Winter and brother in law Cyril Winter, his nephew Richard Winter, brother in law Edward Budden & sister in law Sally Hawthorne, in-laws Lester & Sophie Budden, and sister in law and brother in law Pauline & Harry Mullins.


Always known for being a true gentleman, John was deeply loved and will be dearly missed all who knew him.


“Some day some time, our eyes shall see, the face we keep in memory.”


Arrangements entrusted to NORTHCUTT ELLIOTT FUNERAL HOME 53 Division St. N. Bowmanville.  A Private Family Funeral to be held at St. George’s Anglican Church, Oshawa and interment at Union Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s name can be made to The War Amps, Operation Smile Canada the Charity of your choice.