Obituary of John Gordon Michael Munro
On December 12, John Munro passed away, surrounded by the love of his family. He was a much-loved father, husband, brother, son, uncle, grandfather, in-law and friend. He was 69.
John was born in Toronto, February 15, 1951 to Jean and Bruce Munro. A Toronto police officer for 31 years, John loved to give back to his community. He volunteered in many capacities with the Progress Club, Big Brothers, Special Olympics, Variety Village, Loyalist Township Emergency First Response Team, the YMCA of Kingston, and the Kingston Y Penguins Swim Team.
In 2003, at the age of 52, John swam across Lake Erie becoming the oldest and fastest to complete the crossing. He then set his sights on Lake Ontario and became the oldest amateur, completing a distance of 58.4 kilometres in 35 hours and 15 minutes. John raised $72,000 for the Kingston Y Penguins during these 2 swims.
John was known for his compassion and philanthropy. He had a quiet manner, with the ability to turn a conversation on a dime with his wonderful sense of humour and repertoire of accents and voices. His friends will remember him for his beautiful singing voice and song writing ability. Many evenings were spent around the kitchen or living room with John and brother’s or friends singing favourite old country, folk and rock as well as his own personal works.
John leaves behind his wife of 26 years (Vicki Keith), his sons, Bruce (Chantelle) and Cory, brothers Ken (Linda), Brian (Faye), Lee (Anne) sister Kaycie, grandson Landon, his in-laws Brian and Carol Keith, Campbell, Gordon and Donald (Negar), as well as his many nieces, and nephews.
The family is eternally grateful for the wonderful care provided by the staff at Providence Care Hospital. His path would have been far more challenging without their continued commitment and support.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to John’s favourite charity, the Kingston Y Penguins, YMCA of Eastern Ontario, 100 Wright Crescent, Kingston, Ontario, K7L 4T9 or at eo.ymca.ca/donations
Private funeral will take place on Wednesday December 16, 2020 at 1 p.m.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de John
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Décès pour la Ville:Kingston, Province: Ontario