John Risk

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, October 15, 2022
James Reid Funeral Home Celebration Centre
1900 John Counter Blvd (entering from the rear parking lot doors)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Obituary of John Matthew Risk

John Matthew Risk (P. Eng.) passed peacefully on August 26, 2022. John loved, and was much loved by his wife, Vera (nee Cumbus); sons, Allan (Daniel), Andrew (Sarah), and Jamie (Chantal); grandsons Peter, William, Angus and Olivier. Also mourning are many relatives in Canada and England. He was predeceased by brothers James Gordon Naismith Risk and Allan Ewing Risk.


Born March 9, 1931 in Kingston to Major Allan and Eleanor (nee Ewing) Risk, he graduated from McGill (Mech. Eng.) in 1957, and enjoyed a distinguished career at DuPont Canada (retired 1996) but not before he received the DuPont of Canada Engineering Pathfinder Award. Sailor, cabinetmaker, photographer, Scottish Country Dance instructor, ballroom dancer, John was also a tireless hockey dad, devoted supporter of his children’s musical endeavours, and homework coach extraordinaire; he was proud of his children and grandchildren and supported all their life choices.  He took great pleasure in family gatherings, celebrations, and rituals such as handing out presents from under the tree at Christmas and carving the Sunday roast.


The family is grateful for his care at Connell 3 at KGH, and at Arbour Heights Long Term Care home.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at the James Reid Funeral Home Celebration Centre in Kingston. Friends and family are invited to enter through the Celebration Centre doors located at the back of the building. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation would be appreciated.

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