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John Hamilton West

May 23, 1934 — August 26, 2021

Huntsville, Ontario

WEST, John Hamilton

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 87.  Beloved husband of Shirley (nee Sturgeon) for 61 years.  Loving father of David (Susan) and Debbi (Jeff).  Proud grandfather of Mark, Luke, Brittany and Cameron.

John retired from Eaton's after 43 years of exceptional service and spent the next 28 years enjoying woodworking, hunting and fishing.  His years at the Little Beaver Hunting Camp at Crown Lake to his fishing trips in Temagami and Kipiwa were stories and memories he treasured.  He loved playing and watching lacrosse and was so proud that the tradition was carried on by his son and four grandchildren.  When Chaffey Fire Station #2 was opened and looking for volunteers, he began another chapter in his life.  Throughout the many years of service he formed lifelong friendships.

Special thanks to Dr. Trenholm, Huntsville Closing the Gap Healthcare, Hospital East Wing staff and Algonquin Grace for their dedicated care to John.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation being held at Billingsley Funeral Home, Huntsville on Monday, August 30, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.  The funeral service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 11 a.m.  Burial to follow at Hutcheson Memorial Cemetery.  In keeping with Step 3 restrictions mandated by the Province of Ontario and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, visitation will be held in 30 minute increments starting at 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and ending at 7:30.  Please call the funeral home, 705-789-8982, to schedule a time for the visitation and funeral service.  For those unable to attend the funeral service, live streaming will be available which can be located on John's memorial page on Billingsley Funeral Home web site.  As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations can be made to Huntsville Hospital Foundation or Hospice Huntsville.  Messages of condolence can be left at

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Monday, August 30, 2021

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

11:00am - 12:00pm (Eastern time)

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

4:00 - 4:00pm (Eastern time)

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