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John Bruce Rutherford
Sunday, June 17, 2018
at age


Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at 2:00p.m.


Riverside Crematorium 


John Bruce Rutherford
(February 12, 1946-June 17, 2018)

Retired after 30 years with the OPP joining on July 3rd, 1971 and retiring on July 31st 2001. He served in Woodstock, Burks Falls and Barrie. Previously served 6 Years with the Royal Canadian Navy joining on September 1964 until September of 1970. John received great enjoyment riding with the Blue Knights crossing North America and abroad. Passed away peacefully at the Barrie Manor Retirement Home in Barrie on, Sunday at June 17, 2018, at the age of 72. John Rutherford was the beloved husband of the late Caroline (nee Murphy). Loving father of Bonnie Rutherford and her husband Trevor Hand and Julie Rutherford and her partner Jim Murphy. Dear grandfather of Jessie and Jordan. Brother of Joan Kielb and her husband Steve of Burlington and Janice Pearson and her husband John of Woodstock. A celebration of life will be held at the Jennett Funeral and Cremation Centre 152 Bradford St., Barrie on Thursday, June 21st, at 2:00p.m. There will be a reception following the service at Greg Kielb's (2800 Highway 26, Minesing). If so desired memorial donations to the Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.funeralhome.on.ca


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  • The Canadian Cancer Society


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John became a good friend during his battle. I will always remember him as a person with his glass not only half full... It was always totally full. I will miss him.
By Scott McLarty

I have lost a good friend and a riding buddy for many years. John was a great person, adored his children, their spouses and partners and the grand children. He will be missed by all his friend and family. He had a wonderful spirt, made friends wherever he went, always had a smile on his face and always said when asked how he was "I am absolutely fantastic", never missed a duty free on our travels and always said he was a follower and would never lead unless it was to go to the duty free. We had some great chats on our journeys. You are a great man John a good friend, who I will never forget. You will ride with me where ever I go. Time to ride to Heaven 1 and join your friends and wife who are waiting for you. Remember to stop at the duty free before you enter. Ride with Pride my friend
By Ron Nokes

John, as I knew of him through the FOP and Blue Knights, always wore a smile and always had a good story to tell. He will be missed. May he rest in peace.
By Jim Tranter

Very sorry to hear of John,s passing.He was a real gentleman and a good officer.I worked with him over the years and it was always a pleasure.I will miss his smiling face and great conversation at the OPPVA meetings where lots of war stories were exchanged.
By Frank Bondi

You will be missed by so many who knew you and who loved you. We are so grateful that we had the pleasure to know and love you like so many others.. You were a great man.. that made many smile and laugh with your great big smile. We will miss you.. and we promise to always watch out for your girls..Rest in Peace now.. Love xoxo The Coe's.
By Carolyn and Bla...

So sorry to hear of the loss to family, have missed the many times we attended Americade together and rode in the wind ,,,
By Frank Thornton

Our condolences to all of John's family on his passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
By Jim & Margaret ...

Bonnie, Trevor, Julie, and the Kielb Family, We were very sad to hear about 'Uncle John's' passing. We quite enjoyed his company in Cozumel, and loved to hear about his bike travel stories. He was one of the most positive people we'd ever met, and will no doubt be missed by many. Know that we are thinking of all of you, and hope that the memories of John's stories and laughter will help you get through the next few days and weeks.
By Kim & Doug Galloway

Both John and Caroline were terrific people....I never heard a cross word about another person by either....oh to be more like them...God bless...Linda and Bob
By Bob Brown

Heartfelt condolences to Bonnie, Trevor, Julie and family. May he now be at peace, riding his motorcycle in the sky ! XO
By Nancy & Rex Stu...

Genuinely sad to hear of John's passing away. I will always remember him from the first time I met him at Americade. What a wonderful person with a great smile and always willing to help. He was always there for me on subsequent trips to Americade and the BK conventions. Rest in Peace my dear friend. Our sincere condolences to all of his family.
By Mohammed and Zohra

With heavy hearts, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your father, Julie and your grandfather, Jesse and Jordan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. An Irish Blessing He is not lost your dearest love, Nor has he travelled far, Just stepped inside home’s lovliest room And left the door ajar. Take care and find peace, Rob, Nadine, Matthew, Michael & Anna
By Rob, Nadine, Ma...

Sorry to hear of John,s passing. He was a great lad. I met John at a Friendship Weekend hosted by BK NB III. He & my wife shared the same problems with cancer; but he was always very positive. I think about him often & his friendship he showed us. God Bless!
By Peter & Josie M...

With heavy hearts, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your father, Julie and your grandfather, Jessie and Jordan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. An Irish Blessing May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
By Rob, Nadine, Ma...

Bonnie, Julie and families . I extend my deepest sympathy to you. Your Dad was a very dear and close friend, and nothing, whenever or whatever, was a problem. I now will have a large void in my life, without his presence. He will be deeply missed.
By Donald Watson

My sincere sympathy to John's family on the loss of your Dad, Your Dad and I were at the OPP College together we became friends and stayed friends during our Police career. He was always quick to laugh and bring a smile to all those who had the pleasure to meet him.I will miss my friend rest easy Johnny.
By James Latendresse

A true gentlemen with an impressive smile especially when talking about his family. My condolences to John’s daughters and families. He’s now walking, or riding, the beat in heaven keeping all safe.
By Suzanne Chaddock

dear Bonnie, Julie, Jessie and Jordan; my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time Love Judy/Grandma
By Judy Gautier

Dear Bonnie and Julie- we first knew your Dad at Waterdown District High school and will remember him as a fun-loving guy who always had a smile and a story to tell. Now he is reunited with the love of his life and we pray that all the good memories of your Dad will sustain you at this sad time. We'll miss getting his newsy Christmas letter! Rest in peace John. Neil and Linda
By Neil and Linda ...

My sincerest condolences to Johns family. John was a neighbour and good friend to my Dad, Gerry Chapman, before he passed a year ago in March. John was a really sweet man with a wonderful smile and great stories to tell. He was really helpful to my sister and I after my fathers passing by looking after his house for us until we could sell it. It was always a pleasure to see John. My sister Leanne and I are deeply saddened to hear of his passing. We are also saddened that we can not be there to give our condolences in person.
By Lisa Doyle

Julie & Bonnie & Family - we were so sorry & sad to hear of your Dad's passing. We remember so many visits and card games with your Mom & Dad in Sundridge. We always looked forward to your Mom's Christmas letter and it was so nice that your Dad continued that tradition to keep us up on your Family's yearly events. It was always the first card/letter we received every Christmas and we were always happy to get it. You will miss him terribly but you will have so many wonderful memories of both John & Caroline.
By Judy & John Lacombe


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