Mereu, John Anthony
May 30th, 2019
Surrounded by family, on Thursday, May 30, 2019, John Anthony Mereu, in his 92nd year, peacefully entered the next stage of his journey. John is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Dorothy; children: Ev McDowell (Phil), Tim (Shannon), Matt (Janine); grandchildren: Erin (Allan), Rechelle, Alex (Soraya), Mike (Rachel), Irene, and Julianna; great-grandchildren: Caris and Clara; brother, Bob (Mary); brother-in-law, George; daughter-in-law, Christina (Ross); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Julia and Emmanuel; sister, Irene; and brother, Henry. John lived a full, meaningful and productive life. He touched hundreds of people with his wise, gentle, and humble manner. He was always positive, inquisitive, and accepting. He loved to laugh and was a life-long punster. He sought to live a disciplined, fulfilling and purposeful life. He achieved that goal. This will be the legacy he leaves to his loved ones. John traveled extensively with Dorothy. Highlights include visits to China, Russia, and Japan. He also spent time during four summers in Poland teaching actuarial science. In preparation for journeys to various parts of the world, John would often spend a year or more learning the indigenous language – with varying degrees of success. While there, he would endeavor to immerse himself in the culture of his hosts, sometimes jogging or cycling along city streets where foreigners rarely ventured. John was an avid tennis player, bridge and chess player, a voracious reader and ardent math problem solver. He was particularly devoted to running and walking, and embarked on several multi-day treks across different parts of Southern Ontario. John worked at London Life for over forty years as an actuary. He also lectured for fifty-two years at UWO in actuarial science and statistics. He was known by many as the « actuary’s actuary ». John’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at peopleCare Oakcrossing for the outstanding care they provided him. A visitation will be held at RIVERSIDE UNITED CHURCH, 695 Riverside Drive London, on Monday, June 3, 2019 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., where a memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Private interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Those wishing to donate in memory of John are asked to consider Riverside United Church or L.H.S.F. Multiple Myeloma Research.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Mereu John Anthony May 30th 2019..