My cousin John passed away last night after a very tough fight with Hep C. John was an amazing man. He was smart, in a very street-sharp way. He was so tough that Merrill Lynch sent him into Russia after the Soviet Union fell apart.
John probably took after our great-grandfather, one of the community leaders in Newmarket in the early 20th century.
John was the first of us to get a bike, the first to smoke pot, the first to make a lot of money. He was a ferocious stock broker who was brought into the business by my uncle, a partner on one of the very few private firms left on Bay Street.
My grandparents adored John, as did his own parents. He kept the rest of us in his generation in awe. John didn't live a long time but her certainly lived.
BICKERTON, John Michael – After a long battle, John found peace on Thursday, June 12, 2008 at Oakville Trafalgar Hospital. He was with us for 53 years. John leaves behind his devoted wife, Paula Pereira, the love of his life who stayed with him to the end. He is survived by his loving parents, Dawn and Ralph Varney of Caledon and Albert Bickerton of Toronto, his sons Matthew and John Michael, and his step-daughter Samantha. John will also be sadly missed by his sister Deborah and brother-in-law Alex of Columbus, Ohio; brother Alan and sister-in-law Donna of Toronto, and David and Grant Varney of Toronto. Throughout his short but full life, John entertained us with his quick wit, his intelligence, and stories of his adventures on the Trading Floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Even in his illness, he closely monitored global financial markets. He was an avid sports fan who also loved music, animals, flowers and the world as it was 40 years ago. Known for his generosity, he received great joy in giving gifts to others. We ask that those who cared for John please honour his memory with a gift to Oakville Trafalgar Hospital so they may purchase beds. Many thanks to all the doctors and nurses who did their utmost to make John comfortable during his last days. Friends may call at the Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home, 157 Main St. S, Newmarket on Monday, June 16th at 9:00. Funeral will be at 11:00, followed by interment at Newmarket Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at www.roadhouseandrose.com