It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected peaceful passing of our dearly beloved special friend, teacher and mentor, John G. Corbett. Born in Gagetown, John was a lifetime resident of the small village he was proud to call home. John loved his students, his farm animals and two special fur babies named Skiddles and Chloe. He enjoyed gardening, nature, all animals and had many exciting histories and other stories which he loved to share.
After high school graduation, John furthered his education at Teachers College and UNB obtaining three degrees, a BA, B.Ed. and B.Sc, excelling in Calculus, Physics, History and English. John taught in various places always in the capacity of High School Principal. These included Bloomfield Ridge, Keswick Ridge, Cambridge High, Oromocto High and lastly, was the first and longest serving Principal at Gagetown High School. His students were very important to him, and he never minded staying after school or over the lunch hour to help any student who asked. John was an avid reader and lifelong learner. John was a farmer in addition to his life as an educator, raising cattle and cultivated prize winning pumpkins for the Queens County Fair.
John’s latest highlight was his surprise 86th birthday party, held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Gagetown. John was born in Gagetown on June 26, 1932, to Florence Ellen Corbett (nee Day) and George Samuel Corbett. His grandparents John and Emma Corbett, as well as his two sisters, Edith Fowler of Brown’s Flats and Edna Wile of Fredericton, plus a niece Grace Fowler, all predeceased John. John is the last member of his family. He is survived by the love of his life and his best friend Doris Hann and her two children, Cheryl Lynn Williams of Cold Lake, Alberta and Ronald of Bochum, Germany, who were very fond of John.
John passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on March 7, 2019, at Riverview Comfort Inc. He passed as he lived, calmly and peacefully. He loved life and everyone – never having said an unfavourable comment about anyone. Many people will greatly miss John and be saddened that there were no goodbyes. John especially appreciated his numerous visits and homemade treats from two of his former students – Doreen Underhill and Johnny Cooper. John was well known in his small village of Gagetown, and everyone spoke highly of him. He was an active member of St. John’s Anglican Church, Gagetown.
The funeral service will be held at St. John’s Anglican Church in Gagetown on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Andrew Horne officiating. The family will receive visitors at the church from 1:00 PM until the service time. Donations in memory of John made to the charity of choice would be appreciated by the family. Interment will take place at a later date in the Second Chipman United Baptist Cemetery.
Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium. (339-6612) Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca.