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Emms, John

EMMS, John

1942 - 2024

It is with profound sadness we share that John Stanley Emms threw his last cast on Friday, April 12, 2024, after a long hard-fought battle with health challenges.

John’s Wife Pauline, loved Mother Belva Ames Emms, Sister Diane Gillett (Ross) Sister Hazel Emms, Brother Stan Emms Jr (Angela) and Father Stanley Emms Sr predecease him.John is survived by his Son Michael and Daughter Anne. His Sister Carolyn (Ron) O’Neil, and Brother Don Emms (Gwen). His Stepdaughters; Michelle (Gilbert) Contant, Kathy (Brian) August and Noella Labine-Bustraen. His Grandchildren, Jenny, Joshua and Jordan Emms, Kolby Emms, David Contant and Jennifer McGillivray, Elijah, and Isaac Bustraen, Tyler and Riley August. He also has several Great Grandchildren.

John grew up in Swastika and learned to work hard at his father’s lumber mill at a young age. This work ethic remained one of John’s strongest influences throughout his life, including his many proud years with Adams Mine and everything he took on after. John, along with several Round Lake Residents, worked tirelessly to set up a strong Association of volunteers who worked with various levels of Government to ensure that the quality of the water and the safety of the roads, etc., would continue to provide a safe place for people to live and enjoy for years to come. Residents, new and old, have John and that hard working group to thank for so much. He was always ready to help, and he will be missed by his many friends at the lake.

His dedication to Polly was an inspiration. He loved his dogs like best friends. And, when he found himself alone for the first time in his life with Polly’s passing, he found the next love of his life in a little black cat called Pepe. When he held out a hand he found a paw. He was a proud alumnus of the Holy Name Hockey Team, a hard hitting baseball player, a champion horseshoe player, a Snowbird shuffle board winner and one of the best Fishermen on the Lake. Golfer, not so much. A farmer at heart, he grew flowers, trees, grass and had the best garden around. In his latter years he would plant rows of various vegetables and give most of them away. John always gave more than he received, in every respect. He was kind. He was generous. He loved to laugh. He loved to have people visit. He teased that he was in search of a Harem of three. Always in fun. He was shy. We all knew that if three women ever showed up for the job he would have had a heart attack.

We would like to send enormous thanks to so many. To the friends and family who have supported John over the years of challenges. Nora Barker, you are a special soul and John valued your friendship. Deborah Hutchinson, you kept John mobile and he thought the world of you. To Shannon Carey and her legion of committed and caring people who were the reason that John could remain in his home for as long as he did. Lisa, you were a true support and friend. The EMS team who made weekly checks. The incredible people at TPR who welcomed him to his new home and became such caring friends in his short stay. Maryann, your help and genuine caring for people was above and beyond! To the Nurses and Doctors at the Kirkland Lake Hospital, and in the recent weeks, the ICU Team, and Doctors McPherson and Moore for their vigilance in John’s care. Betty Smallwood and the Palliative Team who created a compassionate and comfortable environment for John and all of us supporting him. Dr Moore, your generosity and compassion will never be forgotten.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in John’s name can direct their donation to the Palliative Care Team at the Kirkland Lake Hospital.

Cremation has taken place and his Family will honour John in the warmth of the Summer at his Lake.

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The Emma Family

So sorry to hear of your loss of John.
He was a true gentleman.
I enjoyed our Wed luncheons at the Encore Club. He was a joy to be with.

May he R I P

Pat Kiely, April 15, 2024

His remaining family :

My deepest sympathies in your loss of John, I knew him since his Adam's Mine days. Always the friendliest and happy go lucky encounters with him. So long my friend. R.I.P.

Mary Desjardins, April 15, 2024

The Emms Family

My sincere condolences to John's Family and Friends who hold many treasured memories close to their hearts.
May he rest in peace.

Muriel Lang Shirback, April 15, 2024

To the Emms family

My deepest sympathy to the family expecially Noela he was a great Mani remember him when my Gramma had a cottage at round Lake he loved to help people he will be missed rip Mr emms

Francine charbonneau, April 15, 2024

The Emma Family

My deepest condolences on the loss of your father, brother and grandfather. John was a true inspiration on how to live and love unconditionally and he will be missed.

Shannon , April 15, 2024

Johns whole family

I am sorry for your loss. John was a huge part of my childhood as I spent many summers at Round Lake with Noella, He was very patient teaching me when I wanted to learn how to water ski, and was bound and determined I would !! When I finally stood on two feet on those skis and didn't take a face dive into the water he applauded me. I have many fond memories from those days. May you all find comfort in each other during this difficult time. May John R.I P.

Gerry Jo Burnside, April 15, 2024

The EMMS Family

I grew up with John in Swas , he always made time for a quick chat about the “old days”,and of course we always compared vegetable gardens !
John was a sweet soul and will be missed

Carolyn Lenardon, April 16, 2024

To all John's family

I first met John when I was a Toronto teenager spending summers at Round Lake and he was exactly as described in the wonderful obituary. His kindness and willingness to help were characteristics we should all emulate. Over the years, my return visits in summer and fall included my own family, and my sons and I would always look forward to seeing and catching up with John, and getting his insight about the fish and birds. His was a long life, well lived. I hope the memories he created will provide comfort for his family and friends. He will be missed.
The Elliott family: Peter, Michelle, Connor & Ethan

Peter Elliott, April 17, 2024

The Emms Family

I grew up with John(ny) in Swastika and probably spent more time with him, summer and winter, than with anyone else in Swastika. In the summer we rode our bikes all over town, swam in the river at Strong's dock or up at Beatrice Lake, played cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians with the other kids, went for hikes in the bush and one summer we made a small cabin in the vacant lot across from his house. But the most fun we had in the summer was actually work, although we didn't realize it at the time. We "worked" at his Dad's sawmill, rolling logs into the trough that brought them into the mill to be cut, or we piled the cut lumber, sorting each into the proper bin for drying. To us this was FUN, pretending to be all grown up. In the winter we played hours of road hockey and shinny on the outdoor rink with the occasional trip to the rink shack to thaw our frozen feet by the red hot wood stove. When in high school, John and I decided to check out a school dance one night, where I met and started dating my first girlfriend, Sharon Hillman, who now has been my wife for the past 60 years.
In those early years of my life, John was my best friend, and I cherish those great memories that we made together. My sincere condolences to Carolyn and Don, Michael and Anne and the rest of John's family.

John Savage, April 19, 2024

The Emma Family

We are very sorry to receive the news of John’s passing .He was a pleasure to have known with his kind and generous personality and a willingness to help anyone at anytime .He will be missed by many.
Our condolences to the family.
Brian and Gale Hamilton

Brian and Gale Hamilton, April 20, 2024