John Wainwright

John Hastings Wainwright

Monday, May 25th, 1942 - Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
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Obituary for John Hastings Wainwright October 3rd 2019

The death occurred on Thursday October 3rd 2019, peacefully at his home in Yarmouth, of John Hastings Wainwright, born in Yarmouth May 25th 1942, eldest son to the late Elizabeth Eleanor [Hood] and Hastings B. Wainwright. John will be greatly missed by his best friend and companion Shirley Delaney, his siblings Anne (David) McGaughey of Toronto, Charlie (Gail) of Halifax, Esther (Peter) Amiro of Chester and Emily Schurman of Summerside. He is also lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews Alan, Paul and Susan McGaughey, Michael, Eric, Lauren and Hillary Wainwright, Ruth, Beth and Andre Amiro and Ben and Charlie Schurman, 13 grandnieces and nephews and the extended family of cousins. Also mourning are many local friends and colleagues, including The Breakfast Club and The Friendly Wednesday Night Poker Club of which his maternal grandfather, Albert Hood, was a founding member 100 years ago. John was instrumental in researching and preserving the family history and was renowned for producing the annual family calendar. John was a respected businessman. He worked with Kenny Construction, Trask Sand and Gravel, owned Viking Enterprises and formed Yarmouth Concrete and Gravel with his partners. John served on the boards of The Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery Company, Sunset Terrace, and was active with Yarmouth Rotary, YMCA and Y’s Men. He was a member of The Yarmouth Fire Department for 43 years, latterly serving as Deputy Fire Chief and Acting Fire Chief. In retirement, John was site inspector for various Public Works projects. He contributed greatly to the Yarmouth community, often quietly and without fanfare, and was a trusted mentor to many. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. There will be no funeral service. A reception to honour and remember John will be held Monday, October 7th at Rodd’s Grand Hotel in Haley’s Lounge, from 5-7 pm. Donations in John’s memory may be made to The Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery Company, Yarmouth YMCA or a charity of your choice.
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  • Service

    Monday, October 7th, 2019 | 5:00pm
    Monday, October 7th, 2019 5:00pm
    Rodd's Grand Hotel, Haley's Lounge
    Main Street
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  • Interment

    Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery
    Parade Street
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Donations are being accepted for: THE YARMOUTH MOUNTAIN CEMETERY COMPANY.


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Maggie and Drew

Posted at 08:35pm
Our condolences to all the Wainwrights. This is a hard time. John was a devoted champion of the family, its history and his own loved ones.

tom austin

Posted at 10:24am
I worked with john on many projects in Nova Scotia. He was a thoughtful and intelligent man who always offered sound advice.
My fondest memory was that he always stood on the edge of any meeting packing his pipe and listening to the conversation.
I will miss him.
Tom Austin

Kenneth Kelly

Posted at 03:57pm
To the Family of the late John Wainwright;

I was saddened to read of John’s passing in the Chronicle Herald of October 5th, 2019.

John served as my Deputy Chief for twenty-three and a half years and I was fortunate to have him.

We became friends and he introduced me to the Breakfast Club which I enjoyed very much.

John would introduce me to the citizens of Yarmouth whenever the opportunity arose and was also a very good history buff of Yarmouth and surrounding area.

I valued John’s opinion and his ability to advise me of local policies when necessary.

My sincere condolences on the loss of a good man and a good friend.


Ken and Jeanette Kelly


Ruth Deveau

Posted at 10:40am
The Wainwright family and Shirley,

So sorry to hear about John’s passing. My husband, Jim, had great respect for him, as do I. Jim was his crane operator.I hope that John and Jim are having a good chat in their new home. Jim passed away on Jan. 24, 2019 from cancer at the age of 71.
My heartfelt condolences.
Ruth Deveau

Stanley MacDougall

Posted at 07:01pm
Wainwright family and Shirley we are saddened to hear John passed away, he had many special qualities. Charlie, Gail and family please take comfort knowing John is resting in peace. Stan and April MacDougall .


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