In Memory of




Obituary for John Howard Loewen

“I didn’t have a bucket list. I was living it.”

John Loewen left this world on August 3, 2023, peacefully, courageously, and surrounded by love, after a devastating and intense bout of cancer.

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, John was the first of three sons to Jim and Myrna Loewen. John grew up in a loving home. Childhood was full of shenanigans with brother, Michael (11 months his junior) and often at the expense of his little brother, Brian (three years younger). John completed his high school years at Lorne Park Secondary School in Mississauga and found his calling at the University of Windsor, where he obtained his degree in Social Work and where he met some of his closest friends. John went on to build a beautiful career with positions at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre and Madison Community Services. He helped countless clients, and built close bonds with co-workers, Board members, and clients alike.

John loved his life. He was fiercely loyal to all those he cared about. He loved being a Loewen and part of the broader Loewen clan and smaller Lewarne family. He was devoted to Sheila, his partner of 14 years. They shared a commitment to veganism and animal welfare. Together, they forged a new life for themselves when John retired in 2017, leaving Toronto for a large rural property near Seeley’s Bay. There, they created a beautiful tranquil space surrounded by and in harmony with nature. John embraced his new community and his new calling as steward of the land and small-scale farmer, as anyone who follows him on social media would know. John and Sheila had an impressive vegetable garden, and an apple orchard. John was very proud of their reforestation of a large section of their property, planting 4000 trees. They had chickens. John also took up beekeeping. Most recently John added a greenhouse. John was a frequent visitor to Home Hardware in Lyndhurst as he took on his various projects and loved getting to know local farmers and others in the community. John, without a doubt, had found his happy place.

John was pre-deceased by his parents Jim and Myrna. He will be dearly missed by his partner, Sheila Chillson, stepdaughter Sonya (Duncan), step-grandson Tyler, his brothers, Michael (Liz) and Brian (Daphne), his beloved nephew Mitchell (Sally), and nieces Alanna (Nick), Elyssa (Andrew), Adriana (Mario), and his faithful dog, Lucas.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 1:00 p.m., at the Royal Canadian Legion in Seeley’s Bay, 116 Bay Street.

Donations in John’s memory can be made to Madison Community Services, R.O.L.L. Aid Centre (Seeley’s Bay Food Bank), or the Canadian Wildlife Federation.

The family would like to thank the community home care nurses, Dr. Ashe, and the Palliative Care team at Brockville General Hospital for their attentive care and compassionate support during this difficult time.