John E. Chidiac


With great sadness, we announce the passing of John E. Chidiac.

On the morning of Monday, May 30, 2022, he died peacefully while holding the hand of his cherished wife of 65 years, Elsbeth (née Döppert).

John was the beloved father of Barbara Ann (John) of Waverley, ON, Peter (Jennifer) of London, ON, and Gerald of Prince George, BC.

He was the grandfather of Carla, Anna, Robert (Alexa), William, Sara (David), Steven (Hailey), Sean, Madeline, Bianca, Kevin, Kellie, Jaron (Elise), Josef, and Mary, and the great-grandfather of Calvin and Maddox. He was the uncle of John (Adrienne), Frank (Helen), Mary Jo, Mary Claire (Greg), Margaret (Mike), Jeanne (Peter), Eileen (Michael), Cathy (Ken), Donna, Norman, Mark, Michael, Lisa (Bill), John (Felicia), Jim, and Amy.

John was born in Paterson, New Jersey, USA on May 2, 1933 to Syrian immigrants Naim and Amina (née Bastori) Chidiac. John is pre-deceased by all eight of his siblings, Eleanor, Salim, Mary, Janet, Pearl, Anthony, Buddy and Norman, as well as his nephew Norman Iozzio.

John lived life to the fullest and believed in the innate goodness of every person. He understood a principle often forgotten in the world today, that one can disagree with someone and still love and honour them as a sacred human being. He was a lifelong learner, and he loved a hearty meal, a healthy debate and a good joke.

He spent his career as an executive with Massey-Ferguson, Canada Wire and several other corporations, but was a philosopher at heart. During his retirement he focused on doing good for others. He enjoyed volunteering for the Knights of Columbus, the Dorothy Ley Hospice and other charities, and he brought much joy into the life of every member of his close-knit family, especially his grandchildren.

John was the model of a life well-lived. He was filled with love and kindness, and he left the world with a legacy of goodness, decency and respect.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 1 pm, with a Funeral Mass to follow at 2 pm at St. Peter’s Cathedral Basilica, 196 Dufferin Avenue, London. Private inurnment in St. Peter’s Cemetery, London.

Donations in memory of John may be made to the Dorothy Ley Hospice, 220 Sherway Drive, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N6, or the Covenant House Toronto, 20 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON M5B 2P3. Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. This passage from the Prophet Micah 6:8 testifies to Uncle John’s goodness.
    “God has told you, O mortal, what is good. What does the Lord require of you?: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
    May God’s peace be upon him and happy, hope filled, love hold our memories.

  2. Hi Peter and Jennifer,

    We are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Qingping and Sharon

  3. Uncle John was a happy, kind, and generous soul.
    He gave love and received much in return.
    May your happiest of memories help to keep him close in your hearts.

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