John Bird

Celebration of the life of John Bird

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 4, 2022
James Reid Funeral Home Chapel
1900 John Counter Blvd.
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Obituary of John William Bird

John Bird

March 1, 1939 – June 1, 2022

Grandfather, husband, father, brother, uncle, neighbour, golf buddy, bowler, amateur chef, card player.


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our father, John Bird, who passed away peacefully with us at his side at LACGH in Napanee on June 1, 2022.  John is predeceased by his first wife, Isobel (nee Anderson, of Port Charlotte, Islay) and his brother Dennis.  Loving and caring father to Ian (Polina) of Vienna, Austria and Fiona Anderson (Colin) of Dunblane, Scotland.  Grandfather to Matthew, Savva, Louise and Sophia, whom he loved madly, each in their unique way.  John is survived by his former wife, Joan House of Prince George, BC, and his brother Stuart and sister Valerie.


Our Dad and Mom loved to entertain, and welcomed their friends and ours into their home with wonderful meals and evenings of games with much love and laughter.  Having met and married a proud Ileach, Dad acquired a taste for the peaty Islay whiskies.  He golfed, played bridge, bowled, made homemade wine and enjoyed the company of family and friends.  With his military and scientific education, Dad was never late, always organized, and strived to pass on his sense of fair play and integrity to us.  He was quite simply, a fine man.  We shall miss him greatly.


We would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff on Kidd 9 at the Kingston General Hospital and at Bayshore TCU (Windsor Retirement Home) for their wonderful care of Dad in his final weeks.  You made our Dad feel special.


A Celebration of Life Ceremony will take place at 4pm on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the James Reid Funeral Home. To watch the service via livestream, please click HERE


Donations in Dad’s honour can be made to the Truth, Duty and Valour Fund at RMC through

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