Chipman Funeral Home Ltd.

SHACKLETON, John L. – Gagetown, NB

John Lewis Shackleton was born on a Sunday, on the 28th of February, 1937, and died on a Sunday, on January 26.2020. He was the fourth John Shackleton of his line in Canada, so it was perhaps a good thing that his children were all girls. Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, his best memories were of spending time on his grandfather Lewis’ farm in Newmarket, developing a deep seated yen for a life in the country. He loved dogs, and was hardly ever without one. He fell in love with the province of New Brunswick while at school, learning to be a professional engineer at Mount Allison and UNB, although truth be told, he and his friend Bruce nearly wound up in Nova Scotia when they missed the town of Sackville altogether on their drive down, and he said he only picked NB because he could never pass his grade 13 French, and Mt A needed football players. His next love affair was with a cute nurse in training named Libby Riddell, with whom he would spend the next 60 years. After several projects in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan and Toronto, including the Gardiner Expressway, an engineering gig came up in Saint John, NB, and he never looked back, living in Saint John, Keswick Ridge, Saint John again, where after working as the manager of the Market Square Corporation, he retired to Gagetown New Brunswick. Here this lifelong learner honed his woodworking skills, studied antique cars,and tractors, propagated geraniums and peach seeds, became an expert cook and baker, and gave many volunteer hours to GAHSA, Rotary and the Oromocto Public Hospital Board, and became known by his family as Johnny Nutseed, for collecting and planting nuts all over the property, John loved his family and life – he told us that if anyone ever said that he was lucky to have had such a long life, we should give them a kick in the behind and tell them that it wasn’t enough. He will be sorely missed by his wife Libby, daughters Krista, Karen and Sara, and their best beloveds, Doug, Peter and Paul (all affectionately known by him as Keith), by his grandchildren Andrea, Kier and Sadie, by his Scottie, Aila, by his sister Mary, all the family back in Ontario and so many friends – you know who you are.

Although muffins are always nice, donations to Hospice House in Fredericton or GAHSA would be the most fitting tribute.

Wherever you are Dad, there had better be dogs, a garden, and an antique car …

Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home & Crematorium. (339-6612) Memories and condolences may be shared through www.chipmanfuneralhome.ca.

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Charlene Pelletier
Charlene Pelletier
7 months ago

Sarah so sorry for your loss..you always talked highly of yor dad..our thoughts and prayers are for you and your family
Charlene & Gilles Pelletier

Maisie Nearing
Maisie Nearing
7 months ago

So sorry to hear about the passing of John. He was always so friendly and always had time to chat.

Derek Pleadwell
Derek Pleadwell
7 months ago

So sorry to hear of your loss and thoughts are with you from the Pleadwell’s

June pleadwell
June pleadwell
7 months ago

Karen, Sara and Krista and family,
Thinking of you all at this time and sorry for your loss. June, Derek and Beckett.

Ken Moore
Ken Moore
7 months ago

Ken and Sheila are saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a wonderful family man …and a character! We have wonderful memories of the times we spent together when we all lived at Keswick Ridge. Seems so long ago. Love to you all.

Robert & Janet Corbett
Robert & Janet Corbett
7 months ago

Janet and I were saddened to learn of the passing of John and wish to express to all of the Family our deepest sympathy. John, an energetic, entertaining and a man of substance had a life that mirrored all that he was. His contribution as a Dad, grandfather and a husband to his Family and likewise to his community will be long remembered and sorely missed. His career spanning several vocations, was notable. His absence from our Village and from his Family will be greatly felt. Our sincerest condolences. Janet and Robert Corbett

Cindy Langan
Cindy Langan
7 months ago

I just found out about your Dad … so sorry to hear of his passing and my heart goes out to you and your family. Thinking of you!

Victor & Doreen Underhill
Victor & Doreen Underhill
7 months ago

Our deepest sympathy and prayers on your loss. All the great memories will remain in your hearts forever.

Leith Box
Leith Box
7 months ago

A wonderful tribute to a wonderful man. A perfect John Shakleton picture that captures him perfectly. His passing Such a huge loss to you all, his living great gift to you all
Our deep sympathy

Gary Cole
Gary Cole
7 months ago

Dear Sara, Libby, family and army of friends. I just learned of John’s passing. Wishing you all peace with loving memories of an exceptional man. His life was a gift to New Brunswick and especially to Gagetown.

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