John David Gaunt of Belgrave, Ontario died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 10 at the age of 77.
John was born on November 2, 1942 in Wingham, Ontario to his parents Edgar and Barbara. John spent all his life in Huron County, where he developed a love for the natural beauty of the local landscapes.
John devoted his life to agriculture on his property, Treasure Valley Farms in Belgrave, where he raised cattle and grew a variety of crops. John was best known, however, for his acres of flowers - he would advertise his Autumn Crocuses with road signs reading “Naked Ladies for Sale” - the tongue in cheek colloquial term for the flowers. This is just one example of John’s great sense of humour.
John’s dedication to agriculture was recognized when he was honoured as a Nuffield Scholar in 1972, which enabled him to study in the United Kingdom, a time he fondly remembered.
John never married, but in his own words, he “joined forces” with Jeanne Kirkby, his love and partner of many years. John and Jeanne made a home together in Walton, where they lived happily with their beloved dogs.
John is survived by his partner Jeanne and her family Paul (Thu Van) Kirkby, Sean and Melanie Kirkby, his niece Carolyn (Bill) Gaves, and his nephews Andrew (Rosemary) Gaunt and Doug (Bonnie) Gaunt, as well as his five great nieces and nephews, and the recent addition of a great-great nephew.
John is predeceased by his siblings Barbara (Tim) Trousdel and James (Judy) Gaunt.
John will always be lovingly remembered for the cookies he baked to share each Christmas season, for his hospitality during many family visits at the farm, and for the twinkle in his eye while he told stories of mischief and fun.
Cremation has taken place. A private, family service will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations to The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority would be appreciated.
Cards of sympathy may be sent to Box 340 Brussels, N0G 1H0
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