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John Ernest Richard Tattersall (LCol Ret.)

June 10, 1940 – March 22, 2019

We are saddened to share the sudden passing of our brother, “John” in Kenora, Ontario.  Born in Simcoe, Ont. to the late Richard and Malcolmina Tattersall.  Survived by his four children, Virginia Tattersall of Ottawa, Jennifer (Tom) Dzuba of Ottawa, Catherine (Mike) Peters of Winnipeg, and Richard (Sally) Tattersall of Winnipeg.  Also survived by sisters Sandra (Bob) Smith of Chatham, Susanne (Dave) Tattersall of Toronto and brother Jim (late Ruth) Tattersall of Chatham.  He will also be missed by his niece, nephews and grand nephews and by many cousins and dear friends made over a long career and lifetime.  John grew up in Simcoe and in Chatham, where the family later moved. He was a graduate of the former Chatham Collegiate Institute and went on to enrol in the Armed Forces graduating from Royal Military Colleges in Saint-Jean QC. and Kingston, Ont. with an Honours degree in Mathematics and Physics. He was commissioned in 1963 and retired after 35 years with the rank of Lt Colonel after a distinguished career in the Royal Canadian Artillery. John returned to the family cabin on Deacon Lake at Kenora where he enjoyed the simplicity of solitude in what he considered paradise. John was a gentleman and a life-long scholar with a passion for understanding the world around him. He lived life on his own terms yet never hesitated to help any one in need. He was a soldier through and through but above all a dearly beloved father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He will be sorely missed.  Thank you to the Brown Funeral Home in Kenora for their care and attention. In keeping with John’s wishes, cremation has already taken place with no funeral service. A private remembrance will follow with family at a later date.  On-line condolences may be left at

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