Obituary of J. Howard Jefferys
It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of James Howard Jefferys in the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital on Saturday, August 5th, 2023, at the age of 88 years. Howard is reunited with his beloved wife of 55 years, Jacqueline Jefferys (nee Booth) and his parents James and Gladys (nee Millington) Jefferys. Howard was the loving father of Kent (Kate), Jay (Lori), and Jane (Lionel) Cherished grandfather of Jessica, Jennifer, Evan, Alex, Amy, Holly, Kate, Brandon and Alicia, and great grandfather of Kaliope, June, Landon, Aurora, Rhett, Arowen, and Georgia.
Howard will be fondly remembered by his brother Norman Jefferys (Joanne), his sister Nancy Rinaldis (Peter), his sisters in-law Karyn Chadwick (Steve), Monique (late James) Booth and Dawn (late Brad) Booth, and all of his nieces, nephews, extended family members and so many of his friends.
Howard had a very successful career. He graduated in civil engineering at Queen's University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in May 1960. Howard joined the engineering staff at the Steel Company of Canada, Stelco in Hamilton Ont. Howard joined the Canadian Tire Corporation and remained a dedicated, loyal CTC dealer for over three decades. Howard and Jackie lived in many places throughout Ontario and thus developed many long lasting friendships. In 2001, Howard retired from Canadian Tire in Kitchener and relocated to Burritts Rapids, Ont. Howard had a lifetime interest in the field of design and construction and this was reflected in the building of their retirement home.
Howard had many interests throughout his life. He had a love of fishing, skiing, hiking, golfing, curling, billiards and travel. He was an established member of the Smiths Falls Golf Club, Curling Club, and the Smiths Falls Squash Club. He travelled extensively around the world highlighted by stories of the Antarctic, Galapagos, and Africa.
Howard's family would like to thank all of the nurses and doctors who have taken exceptional care of him throughout the last 5 months. In particular they would like to thank the 2nd floor medical staff at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Friends may pay their respects at Blair & Son Funeral Home, 112 Beckwith St. N., Smiths Falls, on Thursday, August 10th, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. A service to celebrate Howard's life will take place in the Chapel on Friday, August 11th, 2023 at 11 a.m. Howard will be laid to rest at a later date at Christ Church Cemetery, Burritts Rapids in a private family ceremony. If desired, memorial donations to the Perth & Smiths Falls District Community Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.