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John Albert Rix

January 5, 1942

August 9, 2023

John passed away peacefully in Kingston on August 9, 2023. He will be fondly remembered by his life partner, Doris Ostendorf, with whom he shared 21 beautiful years. John is also survived by his children, Paul Graham (Maryann), Wendy Gee (Stephen), and Marcus Rix.

John’s siblings, Michael Rix and Susan Gutzman (Jerry), mourn his loss along with him. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert, mother Barbara (née Gadd), brother Anthony Rix, and sister Jacqueline Thompson. John’s memory will be cherished by his nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, John immigrated to Canada as a teenager with his family. Throughout his life, he exhibited a passion for athletics. He engaged in various sports such as rugby, boxing, and marathon running. Additionally, he dedicated himself to raising, training, and racing his own sled dog teams, leading him to victory in competitions across Canada and the United States.

To honor John’s memory, the family kindly requests that donations be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. In lieu of flowers, these contributions will support causes close to John’s heart.

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